What’s Up?

What’s Up? Missionary to the Deaf of Honduras, Marie Lea-Wilson (BIMI), recently visited the USA and Trenton, GA, for a Deliberate Discipleship Retreat with SWMI. Please pray for Marie and her good ministry among the Deaf. She is a courageous and dedicated servant of God.

What’s Up? Due to the limitations of Huntington’s disease, Dr. Curtis Young, IPM Deaf Ministries, has retired, as of January 2018. He says, “There comes a time when our physical bodies cannot accomplish what our hearts desire to do.” If you have questions, contact Kevin Maki, Director of IPM Deaf Ministries. Please pray for Dr. Young and his wife, Lori, as they continue to serve in God’s strength where He has placed them.

What’s Up? Congratulations to SWM Missionaries Reed & Donna Condra. Someone donated a nice motorhome to them. It will be used for a home office and travel to meetings. They praise the Lord for this answer to prayer.

What’s Up? SWMI missionaries, Bruce & Amanda Stuart, are thankful for Amanda’s successful surgery in January to remove a very large cyst. She is recovering well and they will soon be on deputation again, raising support for reaching the Deaf in Gabon, Africa.

What’s Up? This January, Missionaries Robert and Mary Fuller (both deaf), joined the leadership staff of Harvest Deaf Ministries, Ringgold, Georgia, Dr. Reggie and Kim Rempel. They are seasoned missionaries and will continue in that role as they work to teach and train Deaf men and women to reach the Deaf for Christ. Their present mission board, BIMI, will continue to receive their support through March 31, 2018. They are seeking a new mission agency.

What’s Up? The 26th Annual Midwest Deaf Retreat is scheduled for April 12 – 14, 2018. The event will be at Camp Joy, W7725 Kettle Moraine Dr, Whitewater, WI. It begins on Thursday, April 12, at 4:00 pm and ends at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 14. Host church, First Baptist Church, West Bend, WI, Pastor Luke Love and Deaf Leader, Frank Rasmussen. Guest speaker is Missionary Scott Crabtree, BIMI, Deaf Church planting in Columbus, Ohio.

What’s Up? Missionaries to the Deaf, Michael and Ruth Douglas (Harvest Deaf Ministries) and their two precious daughters, left for their field of service in Brazil on January 1, 2018. They are settling into their new home and beginning their work in reaching the Deaf for Christ.

What’s Up? Sympathy to Dr. Fred and Sherrie Adams, Sword Deaf Baptist Ministries, on the passing of Sherrie’s mother, Irene Graham-Giavasis, age 91, on January 13, 2018. Sherrie also lost her brother a few months ago. Please pray for the family during this time of bereavement. (Sherrie with her mom).

What’s Up? Congratulations to Claris Industrious for her 20 years of service at Harvest Deaf Ministries, Ringgold, Georgia. Claris is a highly skilled, certified interpreter, excellent ASL teacher, and an avid advocate for the Deaf community. Before joining Harvest, she served the deaf in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Danny Lee Harris, Pinellas Park, Florida, who passed away on January 1, 2018. He and his wife, Sarah, just celebrated 43 years of marriage on December 21, 2017. He was a former student of Tennessee Temple Schools, a faithful and loving husband, father to three daughters, grandfather, friend, and a faithful Christian and pastor. In the picture, he is signing “Christ” whom He loved to proclaim. We will miss Danny!

What’s Up? Sympathy to Ronnie and Peggy Rice, International Deaf Ministries, Onacock, Virginia, on the passing of Peggy’s mother, Jennie Durrua, New Jersey, on January 17, 2018. Please pray for all the Durrua family at this time of bereavement.

What’s Up? Missionaries to the Deaf in the Philippines, Bob and Brenda Himes (Bill Rice Ranch Missions) now on furlough in USA, will be returning to the Philippines on February 6, 2018, they will begin preparation for the upcoming deaf camps.

What’s Up? Missionary and SWM Friend, Keith Ford, Baptist International Missions, has been moved from active status to Missionary Emeritus status. This position is one of honor for faithful servants who have served well for over 25 years. Although he faces physical limitations, he has not retired from his love for ministry. As he is able, he will continue serving. He is worthy of continued support and prayers.

What’s Up? Bruce and Ruth Schwalbe briefly visited SWM while in the area. It was a joy to renew our friendship and talk about their travels. They love and use SWM books and videos. (We gave them more!). SWM also invites you to visit when in the area! Come see what the Lord hath done!

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