What’s Up

What’s Up? Sword Deaf Baptist College, Clinton, TN, recently had a grand opening and ribbon cutting for their new dorm. Dr. Fred Adams, president, and others celebrate this answer to prayer.

What’s Up? Congrats to Jan and Dr. Bo (Byun) Struhar (both deaf), Marriottsville, MD, on their recent marriage, July 29, 2017. They enjoyed an overseas honeymoon which included Switzerland, Paris, and Germany. (Bo is an example of “The Deaf Can” as she is a successful dentist.) They both are Christians and faithfully serve the Lord.

What’s Up? Sympathy to family of James Gaffney (deaf), Syracuse, NY, who passed away recently from stomach cancer. Interpreter, Nancy Smith, wrote, “We brought James to the ASLI in PA, a few years ago. Allen Snare led him to the Lord. He is now in Heaven. I am thankful for Allen and SWM.”

What’s Up? Deaf people in India are making a difference. One Deaf man was honored for his success as a franchise owner of KFC, and Deaf young people were a part of the 7th Deaf operated KFC outlet. Deaf people are making a difference in the business world as well as the Christian world – IPM.

.What’s Up? Did you know that SWM’s Jim Bracelin often preaches in prisons? Recently he preached in a Pennsylvania prison. Over 400 inmates, including two deaf, attended his service and 20 accepted Christ. Jim is scheduled for two other prisons this fall. Often in these prisons he meets deaf people and is able to share, in their language, the Gospel of Christ. FYI: Many deaf prisoners from all across the USA, are enrolled in SWM’s free Deaf Bible Correspondence Institute. Through the courses, several have made salvation professions and others write that they are learning more about the Bible. Several prison chaplains have requested copies of the Silent Word newspaper to give to the deaf inmates. (We are thankful for this outreach.)

What’s Up? Pastor Russell & Cassandra VanDonkelaar, and members and friends of Palmetto Baptist Deaf Church, Easley, SC, celebrated the church’s 2nd year anniversary on Sunday, September 17. The VanDonkelaars, both deaf, are graduates of Harvest Deaf Bible College in Ringgold, Georgia.

What’s Up? (Report) International Partnership Ministries IPM, Hanover, PA, are thrilled with Deaf team members, James and Joy Campbell, Windsor Mill, Maryland. IPM writes, James Campbell is a skilled Bible teacher and evangelist. As a member of the Deaf community himself, he is in a special position to work with IPM’s Deaf Department. He partners with international churches and churches in the USA to form and strengthen deaf ministries, with a special focus on assisting IPM’s national missionaries. Pray for the Campbells as the Lord opens doors of opportunity for their ministry.

What’s Up? Happy birthday to Missionary to the Deaf, Betty (Rice) Cabbage, Deaf Mission Society, El Paso, TX. She celebrated her 80th birthday July 11, 2017. Thank you Don and Betty for your continued faithfulness.

What’s Up? Recently SWM’s Home Office Missionary, Tabitha Beam served in a missions conference at Ephraim Baptist Deaf Church, Florissant, MO, Pastor Paul Strosnider. She helped in special music and the children’s ministry. Following the conference she attended a Single Ladies Retreat in Colorado. Tabitha joyfully serves the Lord by serving others.

What’s Up? SWM local volunteer, Belinda Pierce, is a great asset to SWM. She assists Tabitha Beam with different jobs related to mailings and office duties. Recently, she accepted the duties of SWM Deaf Bible Institute. Belinda oversees enrollment, grades, sending of lessons, certificates, and correspondence. Although Belinda only knows a few signs, the deaf enjoy trying to communicate with her. She has a servant’s heart and a friendly spirit. Thank you, Belinda, for your willingness to serve at SWM.

What’s Up? (Report) Dr. Curtis Young, IPM, beginning January, 2018, will focus full-time on writing curriculum for their international Deaf Bible Institute. He has already completed the study of Genesis and will begin work on Bibliology, and Ephesians. He will also continue to help find more teachers for the materials that national missionaries need. Although he is experiencing physical challenges, he and his wife, Lori, continue to press toward the goal and run the race the Lord has set before them.

Dat’s What’s Up – Y’All