What’s Up?

What’s Up? Sunday, May 6, was Awards Day at Harvest Deaf Ministries, Ringgold, Georgia. SWM is honored each year to present the Outstanding Student Award. This year’s winner was Dustin Balm (pictured with Ted & Carlene Camp). It was a special day honoring the students and staff of Harvest Deaf Bible College, Dr. Reggie and Kim Rempel.

What’s Up? Congratulations to Chris Murphy (Montgomery, Alabama) and Bethany Bennett on their engagement and up-coming wedding in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in September. Bethany is the oldest daughter of SWM’s David and Vicki Bennett. David directs the international division of Silent Word Ministries.

What’s Up? Sympathies to the family of Janice Willoughby (77), who passed away in Florida on April 21, 2018. The Willoughbys (Jerry & Janice) were faithful missionaries to the deaf for over 40 years. Her life was dedicated to serving others. She will be missed.

What’s Up? Ed & Kathy Pacuch (PA) on their return from picking up their daughter, Sarah, from Pensacola Christian College, visited and helped SWM for one week. The three of them did much work on the landscape, many housekeeping jobs, grading tests from DBI, assembling booklets and much more. Thank you Pacuches for the sacrifice of your time and talents.

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Lucille Beckner (87), Ooltewah, Tennessee, who passed away on April, 17, 2018. She was a teacher and mentor for deaf students for over 25 years at Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga. Many of her former students attended her funeral. They remembered the many times they were in her home for food, fun, and fellowship. She is missed by many.

What’s Up? The 10th annual Sign Language Camp will be conducted July 15 – 20, 2018, at Brethren Woods Camp & Retreat Center, Keezletown, Virginia. Deb Shapiro, Director.

What’s Up? The Cory Ricker family were recent visitors to SWM. We shared memories from our Bill Rice Ranch days when his dad was a cowboy. It was a joy to share memories with them – TC.

What’s Up? Missionary Ronnie Rice, after several months of health struggles, was able to preach at Spires Chapel Baptist Church, Rogersville, Tennessee, on May 5 & 6, for their spring deaf revival. SWM’s Reed & Donna Condra, and Missionaries to the deaf, David and Stephanie Peach, (Baptist International Outreach) also attended helping with voice interpreting and being an encouragement. (Ronnie Rice will be preaching in the deaf camps this summer at the Bill Rice Ranch, Murfreesboro, Tennessee). Plan to attend!

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Jay and Cathy Savelle, SWM Helps Ministry, on the passing of Cathy’s father, Charles Shidler, Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 13, 2018.

What’s Up? Recent visitors to SWM were John, Traci, John Jr., and Christina Burns (PA). Christina is deaf and plans to attend Harvest Deaf Bible College in the fall. Their son Steven (not pictured) plans to serve in SWM Internship program (August) with Jim and Terry Bracelin in the Northeast.

What’s Up? Picking up the morning mail on his way to the SWM office is one of Ted Camp’s joys. It has been his privilege these many years to open the letters and give thanks for the gifts and the givers that make the ministry possible.

What’s Up? Plan to attend Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America, June 25 – 29, hosted by Pastor Randy Dignan, Bible Baptist Church, 4730 Country Club Dr, Jefferson City, MO. Contact: dbfa2018.com. PH: 573.893.4722

What’s Up? Camp Joy in Whitewater, Wisconsin, will be conducting its first summer camp week for Deaf teens, July 23 – 28, 2018. Theme “African Survivors.” Deaf pastor, Brian Lievens will be directing the week.

What’s Up? Each year SWM teaches a free Community Sign Language Class. This year a class was taught in January by Tabitha Beam. It generated more interest. So, in April, a second one was taught by Jon Barr. Twenty-two attended the one week class. Local businesses, health facility personnel, friends of the deaf, and others benefited from this public service. From classes in the past, missionaries, parents, church congregations, friends, and families have gained an enlarged vision of the needs of Deaf people. Consider teaching a community Sign class in your area!

Next class – April 29-May 3, 2019.