What’s Up? The 10th Annual Deaf Women’s Bible Conference will be held on January 27 & 28, 2017, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida. The theme is, “Waves of Life, Rays of Grace.” The special speaker will be Pamela Campbell from Lynchburg, Virginia. This event will begin at 6:00 PM on Friday to Saturday at 5:00 pm. For more information contact hostess, Jona Feliciano, Grace Bible Deaf Church.
What’s Up? Dr. Cathy Rice, age 101, left the earth for Heaven on Saturday, October 15. A beautiful memorial service was held on the Bill Rice Ranch, October 25. Dr. Cathy left a heritage of 70 years in ministry especially to those who are deaf. Gifts to honor her life and ministry may be given to the Heritage Center at the Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro,TN 37128. Contact: billriceranch.org
What’s Up? Make plans to attend the 37th Annual Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America, June 20 – 23, 2017. It will be held at Westside Baptist Church, Seattle, Washington, hosted by Dr. Bruce Kelly. Contact: www,dbfa2017.com.
What’s Up? Robert & Mary Fuller, missionaries to the deaf, BIMI, have been serving in Australia for four years. Doors of opportunity for reaching the deaf continue to open for them and the work is progressing. They ask prayers for Mary’s father, Ray Shepherd, as he recovers from double bypass heart surgery. Mary has plans to fly to the States to spend some time with her parents for Christmas.
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What’s Up? Harvest Deaf Ministries, 1314 Old Three Notch Road, Ringgold, Georgia, presents their annual Christmas drama, November 30 – December 4, at 7:00 each evening. “Illumine – A Christmas Story,” is the story of Mike and Jan Miller, a very successful couple in the corporate world. As their lives spin out of control, they decide that divorce is the answer. They plan a “last Christmas” getaway with their children. Through a surprising mishap they end up at the farm of Jacob and Isobel Hoffman. The Hoffmans become lights that “Illumine” the Miller family’s darkness. It will be a wonderful evening of music and drama performed in ASL while interpreted for the hearing. Don’t miss this annual event!
What’s Up? Congratulations to Joel Condra, youngest son of SWM’s Reed & Donna Condra, and Sarah McDowell, daughter of Paul & Betty McDowell, Pennsylvania, on their marriage, October 29, 2016. The wedding was at Harvest Deaf Baptist Church, Ringgold, Georgia, and officiated by Dr. Reggie Rempel. Joel and Sarah are serving the Lord at Harvest Deaf Ministries, heading up their youth group.
What’s Up? (NCAAD) The National Christian Athletic Association of the Deaf had its fourth Annual Deaf Volleyball Tournament on Friday and Saturday, November 4 & 5. It was hosted by Harvest Deaf Ministries, Dr. Reggie Rempel, Ringgold, Georgia. Seven teams from Georgia, Illinois, and Ohio participated. The lst place winner was Jacksonville Deaf Bible Church, Jacksonville, Illinois, Pastor Jonathan Bordean. Congratulations!
What’s Up? SWM Volunteers Heather Wilson, Daisy, and Emil from Capitol City Baptist Church in Holt, Michigan, helped for one full day at SWM. Thanks! Come thou and do likewise!
What’s Up? (Interesting Story) Nancy Houston Marlette, Newport, North Carolina, was one of the attendees at this years Deaf Baptist Ladies Retreat. While she greatly enjoyed the retreat, she found it necessary to leave early Saturday because of Hurricane Matthew heading to North Carolina. She drove to within one hour of her home but had to stop because of flooding, washed out roads, and fallen trees. She stayed with friends in Kinston, NC, where the floods were the worst. Finally, on Sunday she made it home and life began to get back to normal until a Sheriff’s Deputy from Kinston, knocked on her door. (Nancy grew up in Kinston and the sheriff knew that she used Sign Language.) The deputy asked her if she knew a deaf couple, Cecil & Laura Koonce. She did know them, they were her Godparents. (They are both 87 years old and have been married 63 years.) Because of the flooding, the sheriff’s office was trying to get them to leave their home. They did not have a place to go and refused to leave. Nancy drove back to Kinston and went to the Koonce’s home. Whey they saw her, they broke down in tears. They had been without electricity for four days, had no video phone, and their food was spoiling. Nancy grabbed all their medications and a few items of clothing and headed back to Newport. Within two hours after their departure the road was closed. Nancy took the couple to her home and they have stayed there while their son, who lives in another part of North Carolina, looks for another place for them near him to help them rebuild their lives. In the eyes of Cecil and Laura Koonce, Nancy, who is deaf/hearing (Cochlear Implant), is a Hero. Thank you Nancy for caring and sharing.
What’s Up? Jon Barr has a new much-needed office on the main floor of SWM. Now, he is more easily accessible and is able to keep up with the varied activities of the ministry. Thank you volunteers for making this remodel possible. (P.S. His office is smaller than mine – TC)