Highlighting SWMI in 2014 – In obedience to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, an evangelist named Philip traveled to preach the Gospel. The Holy Spirit led him into the desert where he met a eunuch from Ethiopia. Ethiopian tradition asserts that he returned home and evangelized the people. This Biblical story shows us the importance of even reaching one person for Jesus Christ.
The same type of story is true of India, as well, because the apostle Thomas traveled to Southwest India, preached the message of salvation, and the Gospel spread to many on that subcontinent. Even today, in 2015, there are many families in India whose last name is Thomas because of Thomas’ ministry in India before he was martyred.
SWMI is having a huge effect in reaching deaf people for Jesus Christ around the world.
February 2014 – I traveled with a deaf man, Rocky Hall, to Ghana, West Africa, for a survey of the city of Kumasi, in the middle region of Ghana. Rocky and his wife, Melanie, are raising support with a sister mission agency to work with the Deaf in Kumasi. Survey ministries helping new missionaries, like this one, are an important part of the ministry of SWMI. It is important to survey cities and countries in order to evaluate the status of Christianity among the deaf, of deaf education, of the cost of living, and to give new missionaries a real taste of what they will be facing when returning for full-time service on the field. Rocky learned many things while on this missions survey trip, and he preached the Gospel and saw four deaf people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ!
2014 Highlights – SWMI has ministered in Accra, Ghana (to challenge African pastors to reach the deaf), Liberia (many deaf people did not know sign language of any kind), Ganta City (six men were trained to work with the Deaf), Puerto Rico (spoke and challenged many missionaries, national pastors, and students from two Bible colleges with the need to reach the Deaf throughout the Caribbean islands), India (four Indian men surrendered their lives to take the Gospel to the Deaf), Nepal (a church planter changed the direction of his ministry to begin reaching deaf people full time), Myanmar (I trained Pastor Samuel Thom, who has been teaching the Word of God to a group of deaf people for just over two years) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (In the future I plan to preach at a special Deaf camp). While in Myanmar, I also challenged students of different Bible colleges with the need to reach the Deaf. God is blessing this type of ministry in Bible colleges, and calling young men into the deaf ministry on a regular basis around the world.
Multiplication of laborers is the goal of SWMI, whether that involves laborers from the USA who go to foreign fields to reach the Deaf, or involves laborers in other countries whom God chooses. SWMI is in the ministry of spiritual multiplication (Acts 12:24). SWMI and SWM are producing free evangelistic materials in other languages to help national pastors and churches. SWMI now has Drew & Melinda Wright going to England, Nicole Condra going to Romania, and Bruce & Amanda Stuart to Africa. SWM has Jeremy & Jenna Ring in Canada.
2015 – The doors of opportunity are still open to preach the Gospel in many countries around the world. We do not know when these doors may close. SWMI, by faith, is advancing in many areas to prepare laborers for reaching the Deaf within their own countries. If the doors close, we want to leave trained laborers in place to continue the ministry involved in the Great Commission.
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