Review – Say it Again, and Again, and Again…

One of the most important things to remember in teaching is to review. It is important that they understand your teaching as you teach. If they do not understand or do not remember, new information will be misunderstood or forgotten, too.

1. Review last week’s lesson. Do not start a new lesson without first reviewing the last one. In fact, I often review several lessons to be sure they remember.

2. Review the current lesson AS you teach it. You can do this section by section. Teach a certain section and then review it. Teach a new section, and then review that, too. For example, in teaching creation, I would first teach about the third day. Then I would review what God made on the third day. (I would start at the beginning and review all the days before starting on a new day.)

3. Review at the end of the lesson. Briefly review the main teachings of your lesson.

4. Do not stop reviewing until most people remember it.

5. Get the students involved in reviewing. Make reviewing a game or a contest.

Next time, methods of reviewing.
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Deaf Ministries Worldwide

SWMI is involved in developing deaf ministries worldwide. God has allowed us to partner with national pastors in Liberia, Africa as we seek to reach the Deaf and teach the Word of God to them. In Ganta City, Liberia, approximately 20 deaf people now meet each Sunday to study the Bible. A small deaf school has also been opened reaching about 25 deaf students. The students range in age from 6–39. Amazingly, this school has no supplies, no materials, no books, no curriculum, and no lesson plans. Five deaf men are used as teachers, although only 2 of them have graduated from high school.

The school is now teaching sign language to the Deaf who once had nothing but a few homemade signs. Many of them are now communicating well, and they have Bible classes daily. However, there are multitudes of minimal language deaf people in Liberia needing education as well as an opportunity to learn the Word of God, they need to be saved. Four months ago, I was in Liberia and was able to lead ten deaf men to Christ, including the 5 deaf teachers mentioned above. Pastor Japheth now works with these men to teach the Bible to them. Pastor Japheth got a burden for the Deaf three years ago when I was there. He is working more and more with the Deaf.

This next summer, I will be leading a team of missionaries and disciples to spend four weeks in Liberia doing teacher training, visitation, and evangelism. We will be working with both deaf and hearing people. Ray and Anita Bradley, veteran missionaries to Ecuador, will be assisting us in the teacher training. I am presently putting together the team so that we can make a great impact on this deaf ministry for years to come.

Also, SWMI will be sending a container of educational materials and books to Liberia in the spring of 2018. This container should arrive before our SWMI team arrives on July 4, so that we may help to organize the resources and use them in the training seminars. We can accept educational materials and books as donations for this ministry. If you would like to contribute to this ministry, please let me know personally through an email or phone call. SWMI must also raise a large sum of money to ship this container to Africa. Please contact me for details if you are interested in contributing. This is a very worthy cause, and will have a great impact on many deaf people in Africa for years to come.

This is a huge project! Deaf souls are in the balance. Salvation or damnation? Heaven or Hell? God has raised up SWMI for such a time as this. However, we need you to participate in this Great Commission opportunity in Liberia. Will you pray for this project? Would you give to this project?  The Deaf of Africa need you!
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DEAF NEED TO THINK ABOUT GOD ALL TIMES

I always think about God because I love Him. I enjoy traveling through the states for my preaching to the deaf. I want to help them to know what the Bible says. Many lost deaf souls do not know about the awful place called Hell. And many deaf Christians are backslidden from God. I read the Bible and pray to God every day, and I think about Deaf people that they need to know what the Bible says about the future.

Deaf Christians need to take heed to (pay attention to) the Lord’s way. Deaf Christians need to think about HIM all the time. They need to thank Him for His helping, wonderful working, mercy, forgiveness of sins, etc. He WANTS TO DO more for you. You need to trust the Lord all the time. The Bible says in Psalms 62:8 “Trust in him at all times….”

Deaf Christians, ask the Lord for the things you need. Trust Him and confess to Him about your sins.

Deaf Christians, read the Bible (God’s Word) every day. You need to know what the Bible says… what God says about your life in the future.

Deaf Christians need to help other Deaf People to know our Lord Jesus Christ and to know His love. He died on the cross to forgive the sins of all who will believe. God’s precious love is for all lost deaf souls.

YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT GOD ALL THE TIME FOR YOURSELF!!!

Deaf need spiritual help? Contact Allen by clicking here.

Deaf Can Go To Heaven

Where is Heaven? How long do people live in Heaven? Heaven is the home of God. In Heaven God will make all things new. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death…sorrow…crying… pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Rev. 21:4-5). People now need to go to the dentist, doctors and hospitals. People die every day. God promises that there is a Heaven! In Heaven, there will be no more pain, no more tears and no more death. In Heaven, we will see our Deaf friends “in Christ.” Some suffered cancer. Some died unexpectantly. We will see Eugene Bordean, Joyce Vick, Debbie Snare, Mary Buchholz, Clifford Smith, Sonny Snell, Ron Henson, Vernon Miller, Jim Asbury, and Cathy Rice. In Heaven, bodies will change (1 Cor. 15:51). In Heaven, there are no more lame, blind or deaf. In Heaven, we will see loved ones, friends, Moses, Elijah, John, Peter, and Paul. Wow! We will meet Jesus Christ! Will you go to Heaven? You can go to Heaven because of Jesus Christ. He died and rose so you could live forever in Heaven. Jesus is the way to Heaven. “Jesus saith…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father (in Heaven), but by me” (JH 14:6). I want to meet you my deaf friends in Heaven. In Heaven, we will talk and sing without Sign Language or interpreters. In Heaven, we will live forever and ever. I want all my Deaf friends to go to Heaven with me. Deaf can be saved. I am deaf and I am saved. Be saved and go to Heaven with me!

The Lord Put Us Into the Deaf Ministry

Many have asked me, “How did you learn Sign Language?” Why did you become a missionary to the Deaf?” I would like to share my testimony with you. I am thankful God has counted me faithful and He put me into the ministry (I Tim. 1:12).

I grew up in a Christian home. I was always in church. In my mind, I was a Christian because my parents were and because I went to church. When I was nine-years-old, I went to our church camp. That week, a missionary shared the idea that God has no grand-children. What did that mean? “But as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). There it was! Sons of God (or daughters – smile). I understood my need for Jesus’ death on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection from the dead to forgive my sins. Then I became His child!

Later, at age thirteen, I went to a youth rally (meeting). It was at this meeting that I dedicated my life to the Lord to serve Him. I really wanted to be a missionary and to tell others about Jesus. I met my husband in Bible College. When we graduated from college, God put us in the ministry in a small church. We thought we would stay for a year or two and then go to the mission field. God had other plans. He opened the door for us to go to a large church in Maryland. We were there for ten years. It was there that God first touched my husband’s heart to learn Sign Language, so he could share the Gospel with the Deaf.

It was six years later, in a different church and state that God touched my heart also. I started to learn more Signs because four Deaf came to our church and needed an interpreter. I volunteered for the job. God was working in many ways. Finally, in 1999 our family surrendered to serve the Lord full time with SWM. It is a joy to serve Him! I thank God that He put us into the ministry! “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me (us) faithful, putting me (us) into the ministry” (1Tim.1:12). This is how and why we are in the Deaf ministry. Why? The Lord put us there!

Walk Right This Way

Have you ever been hiking and come to an area where the trail split? You looked at both paths and wondered which way to go. Maybe one way looked well traveled, gently sloped, uncomplicated, and safe. The other was narrower, more overgrown, steep, appearing slippery and dangerous. As you stood there trying to decide, the easy way looked so appealing, but something made you unsure. You may have wished for a sign that said, “This way.” Your life has questions, too. You daily make decisions, and sometimes you wish for something that would make the right way obvious.

The way of salvation is very clear. God’s Word tells us there is only one way – trusting Jesus (John 14:6). But the Bible also gives many instructions to guide our lives. We are to “walk in the fear of our God” (Nehemiah 8:9). The Lord is righteous and holy. We should fear sinning against Him. Our walk should be in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), listening for His still, small voice that warns when going the wrong way and directs when seeking His will. Deuteronomy 5:33 tells us to “walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you.” We cannot just choose the commandments we like. We are to obey them all. Ephesians 4:1 says to “Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” If God called you to be a missionary, be the best missionary for Him. If He directed you to be a nurse, be the best one. If he led you to be a teacher, accountant, stay-at-home mom, lawyer, cashier, or anything else, do your best – doing your work “as unto the Lord.” Our walk should be in the light (John 12:35), and Jesus is that light for our way. We are to walk in faith (Romans 4:12), obeying what God says, even when we do not understand. And Jeremiah 6:16 even tells us to walk in the old paths. The tendency today is to throw out the old and cherish the new. Some new is good, but many of the old paths are also good. Some good old paths would include using the Bible for our foundation; confessing sin and repenting; praising the Lord with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; praying, forgiving, loving one another, and much more. So which way is right? The Lord says, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21).

“What Am I Going To Do?”

My oldest sister, Peggy, was diagnosed with colon cancer in January 1999. Sadly, when it was discovered, it was in advanced stages. She had surgery but was unable to withstand chemotherapy. Realizing there was no medical help for her, she desperately asked, “What am I going to do?” Our hearts were saddened and burdened for her. Wanting to give her hope and assurance, we had only one answer, “Trust in the Lord.” She accepted that and during the remaining months of her life, she learned to do just that. She died peacefully and went home to Heaven in July 1999, fully assured that she had eternal life and that everything was alright.

The Same Question

Today, amid the troubles, trials and tragedies going on around us, we ask that same question, “What are we going to do?” When our faith is put to the test, when the cries of our hearts to God in prayer, seem to go unanswered, when we see our nation becoming more and more divided, when people forsake the church and God, and when sorrow and sighing seem to be growing, we ask, “What are we going to do?

I want to share with you a devotional written by SWM’s Jim Bracelin, from his book, “Life Lessons Devotional.” (See page 8). This devotion gives peace, comfort, and a challenge to those of us who ask, “What am I going to do?”

“He Is At My Right Hand”

“This world is in such a bad way, what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“I’m not sure my insurance will cover my bills that are upcoming … what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

“My children are getting involved in things that worry me… what am I going to do? “I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“I’m not sure I will have a job next year … what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“I don’t know what’s going to happen to me after I die … what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“Now, I know some of you think I am so innocent that I don’t know what you are going through, and that this verse is not an answer to all the problems you are facing. I would tell you My God is big enough to handle any and all of the challenges you are facing today and will face tomorrow. I know the God I serve parted the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites free access to cross onto the other side. “I know my God, even though all the forces of Hell were trying to keep Jesus in the tomb, raised Him on the third day. I know that the resurrection, when applied to my sin-debt, is the conquering force over my sin, my death, and my Hell. I am sure my God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I could ever ask or think when it comes to tackling my problems.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

“It does not matter how big my problems may appear at the time. What matters is how much I will trust my God to take me through the problems I face on a daily basis. As for me and my house…“I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

The old song says…
“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

I don’t worry o’er the future
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him
For He knows what lies ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand.
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.”

“What Am I Going To Do?”

Hold firmly to His hand today, and trust Him!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6

This is written because I care – Carlene

Why Do Deaf Sign Differently To Me?

“I want to sign like a Deaf person. I want to learn ASL. But when Deaf people sign to me, it seems they use English signs.” This is a common question. Deaf culture includes a concept called “Code Switching,” which means they sign back to you with the same “version” of sign language they see you using. This can be considered polite and proper. It is also a way to try to avoid miscommunication.

How can you get Deaf people to teach you ASL? Realize that Deaf people are individuals. Not everyone uses sign language the same way. Also, ASL is not taught to Deaf people the same way English is taught to the hearing. Most learn it from others, not in a classroom. You will notice much variation in the way Deaf signers produce language.
Methods to Learn ASL From Deaf People:

1. Take a class from a Deaf instructor. Many colleges offer ASL courses. Some community centers, libraries, or other organizations offer Deaf-led courses.

2. Observe. Go to Deaf events and watch Deaf people signing. Use your eyes more than your ears. Forget English and think visually. Of course, make sure they see you and it is okay to watch. (No spies allowed!)

3. Ask questions. Learn basic ASL questions such as, “Sign mean what (shrug)?” “(Finger-spelled-word) sign what (shrug)?” “Again (question mark on face).”

4. Use ASL. Some people are afraid to try to sign to a Deaf person until they know ASL well. But you will never learn ASL well until you use your signs, make many mistakes, laugh about your mistakes, and have Deaf people critique you. Practice makes permanent.

When Deaf people sign English to you, try to change YOUR signs to use more ASL. Eventually, they may use ASL with you and may ignore that you are “hearing.”

Lack of Leadership

There seems to be a great lack of good leaders in the Deaf and Hearing world today. I will be sharing some leadership principles I have learned from the lives of other leaders. The principle I want to share with you at this time is simply that God will not give a person the responsibility of leading others, if that person is not in control of his own actions, life and ministry. One of the qualities Paul mentioned in I Timothy 3:2, is that the leader must be of good behavior. These words mean that the man who wants to be a leader must behave himself within the guidelines of goodness. It means that a good leader needs to show others that he has order and purpose. Your actions and reactions are very important. If I want God to use me, I must live a controlled life, following the Bible plan for right behavior (actions). Many have told me they want to be leaders, but I watch their behavior, and it doesn’t match what they want to do. They are disqualified to be leaders. I cannot be a good leader and allow my temper to control my actions. I cannot be a good leader and practice bad habits before others. I cannot be a good leader and be unfaithful to church and other services. I cannot be a good leader if others know I cheat, gossip or lie. Do you see the connection? Leadership begins and ends with God. Leaders need to first be good examples for others to follow. You can preach/teach great lessons, but your testimony speaks louder than your lesson. So being a leader is far more than telling others what to do. It also involves our living right before others as godly leaders. We need more godly leaders in our deaf ministries to be examples for the deaf to follow. We cannot be a hypocrite, two-faced, and godly at the same time. If you desire to be a leader, ask God to help you to live and do right before Him and others. Seek good behavior. Be a good godly leader. Then the Lord will lead you and others will follow you. More next issue!

Follow The Best Examples!

Children “follow after” those they see and spend time with. If a child’s parents are in the home (and take time with the child), that child will “pattern” after the parents’ example and grow up to be like them. I remember putting my little feet into my father’s big shoes. I would feel his stubby whiskers and trace my finger over the veins on the backs of his hands. Today, I am much like my father. I drive like he drove. I back my car into parking places like he backed his car into parking places. I polish my shoes like he polished his shoes. This is how children become like their parents. Even with my grown children, people have told them: “You drive like your dad” or “You sign like your dad.”

You should not be surprised to know that Jesus (God’s Son) also patterned after God (his Father). God was always present with Jesus. Jesus spent much time with his Father through prayer and study of Scripture. The only time that God was absent was when he forsook Jesus and turned away from him (as Jesus died on the cross for our sins). Truly, Jesus could say: “I and my father are one.

In the next Silent Word newspaper, I will show many things that Jesus followed or copied… “the same as” his Father.

You are not alone in life. You have many godly examples to follow, including God and Jesus!

This is The Blessed Way – RC