Review: Say it Again, Again, and Again

Review is very important when teaching.
There are many methods that can be used.

Numbered Outlines. I like to use a numbered outline. For example: 1. God make light and dark. 2. God make sea and sky, etc. I have found that a numbered outline seems easier for the deaf to understand and remember. I use this for preaching also. I number the main points. As I preach, I continue to review each numbered point. (1. All sin 2. Hell 3. Jesus die 4. Believe Jesus saved.)

Fill in Blanks. You can use this for both written and signed reviews. For written reviews, just write your teaching on the board and leave one word blank. I often will write the first letter of the word to give a clue as to the right word. As for signed reviews, I tell the deaf I am old, and I forget things. Please help me remember. I then sign a verse or an outline. When I come to the word I want them to tell me, I stop and act like I cannot remember. The deaf then tell me the right word.

Games and Quizzes. Many games and quizzes can be used. We like to divide the class in two or three groups. (We divide by boy/girl or by dividing the room into 2 or 3 parts.) Then we ask questions and see who can answer the most questions. We then give out small prizes to the winning side.

Picture review. You can review by showing pictures from the lesson and say, who is this? What is this? What happened? You can also mix up the order of the story and see if they can put the pictures in the right order. (Example, mix up the creation story pictures to see if they can arrange the pictures by order of the creation day.) Review, review, review until they understand.

SWMI Deliberate Discipleship Manuals

By David Bennett Now Available
(Article Written by Ted Camp, SWM)

David Bennett is now traveling on a mission survey trip to many countries. As we go to press, he has been 10 days in Liberia and plans to travel on to Burkina Faso and Belgium. Please pray for his health, safety, and the Lord’s blessings as he travels. This is still a frontier ministry to many unreached Deaf areas. He is worthy of your prayers and support.

You may have noticed, David has been teaching his Deliberate Discipleship Retreats to chosen Deaf/hearing leaders in Deaf ministries. SWM Publications has printed them for classes and soon the two manuals will be available online (PDF) for your ministry (cost $10 but download cost $5 each) now available at SWMI.org/spiritualgifts.

Good News! I personally want to send you “free” the first manual “Unwrapping Practically the Gifts of the Spirit” (PDF) from my email until Valentine’s Day (Smile). Request free SWMI DD manual by clicking here.
We are here to serve – Ted Camp, SWM

GOD LOVE TO WATCH YOU TO DO FOR HIM

I know that God wants Deaf people to do much for Him because God tells us in the Bible. I know that God loves all deaf people so much, and God the Father sent His Son Jesus to earth. Jesus died on the cross for all sinners that we may believe Jesus and come to Him in our hearts. He removes our sin through His Blood. Yes, God made a way for the Deaf. He did put the word “Deaf” in the Bible 15 times. God wants Deaf people to DO for Him. What for? He wants the Deaf to read God’s Word, the Bible, every day, and pray (ask) to Him for the things they need. Ask for help with your problems, learn God’s Word, understand and obey His Word, witness to your friends about the gospel of Jesus Christ, serve Him, go to your church every Sunday and prayer meeting. Confess your sins to Him and ask for forgiveness every day. He wants to help your need or problem, but all saved Deaf must believe what God says.

God does not want saved deaf to play with sin, and join the world. You can depart from the sin of the world. God hates sin and cannot stand sin. Sin does not help you. Sin can never bring peace because sin can destroy your testimony and ruin your life. God warns you about the sin. God begs you to obey Him. You can return to God from sin and the world. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Remember He loves you forever. He never forsakes you and never leaves you. “He (God) hath said, I will never leave thee (you), nor (or) forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
How do I know God loves me? “The Bible Tells Me So.”

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Happy New Year

This past year some have struggled with sin, problems, bad attitudes, and an unhappy year. The devil wants deaf people to be sad and depressed and unused of God. The devil wants deaf to be angry with hot temper and be mad at one another. God wants to help you to have a better attitude this new year. Everyone says, “Happy New Year,” but everyone is not happy. You cannot have a happy new year with a bad attitude. This year learn to submit, yield, and give yourself to God. “Submit (give) yourselves therefore to God. Resist (stand against) the devil, and he will flee (run away) from you. Draw nigh (come near, close) to God, and He will draw nigh (come near close) to you” (James 4:7-8). As we give ourselves to God and ask for His forgiveness, we can be near to God. God wants us to draw close to Him, and He will draw close to us to help us stand strong against the devil, sin and the world.
I confess once I had a very hot temper. I had to slowly learn that I could not serve God when I was mad at others. Now I notice my grandsons have hot tempers over toys and games. I think I was once the same as a child with my hot temper. I am still a not-perfect person, but I try to improve and quickly ask God and others to forgive me. This year let’s learn to draw nigh (close to God) and let Him draw nigh to us to help us change our negative and bad attitudes. It is important that others see Christ in our lives. The deaf can stop bad attitudes and start a good attitude this year. Then we will all have a “Happy New Year.”

Un-Named Women in the Bible

My husband, Jim, has been teaching a series on the un-named people in the Bible. It has been very interesting. I thought I would share my thoughts on the un-named women in the Bible. I believe God included these stories in His Word for us to put our own name into them. What if I were the person living through this difficult situation? What would I have done? It is amazing how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

The unknown woman I would like you to think about is the Greek woman in Mark 7:24-30, and Matthew 15:21-28. She was a mother who went to Jesus because her daughter had an unclean demon spirit. She was a Greek, not a Jew. The Holy Spirit was working in her to get help for her daughter. She heard the stories about Jesus, the Son of David. She came to Jesus because He was her only hope to see her daughter healed. Her heart was grieved for her daughter, and she couldn’t do anything to help her. At first, Jesus said nothing to help as the door had not yet been opened to the Gentiles. She pleaded with Him again. She would not remain silent. She then fell to worship at the feet of Jesus. Finally, after Jesus tested her faith, He sent her away telling her that, because of her faith, her daughter would be healed that very hour. Jesus recognized her great faith!

I hope that I will demonstrate that same faith when I am tested. This mother had a burden for her daughter. Every day she tried to find help for her. How often do I pray for our children about their needs? Do I pray one time, and then quickly forget about it? Or do I ignore it, thinking that they will get over their problems? No, I need to daily pray and humble myself before the Lord! He can do what I cannot do. I need to go to Him in prayer about everything. Only Jesus can help our families in things that seem impossible. You also can call on Him! Ask Him for help. How great is your faith? Will you continue to ask Him for help? Don’t stop! My heart was touched by this woman and her great faith. I’m praying my faith will grow more in 2018.

This unknown, un-named woman was known of the Lord who also knows you and your needs.

Big Event… or Not?

Last Sunday night the radio announced that school was canceled in our county the next day because of the prediction of rain, sleet, and freezing rain. I had an appointment the next morning and wondered if it would also be canceled, or if the roads would be too icy for me to drive there. However, when I got up Monday morning, there was only rain. I went to the appointment and found the office nearly empty. Very few people had ventured out that morning. I began to think that we in the South must have a phobia of even the prediction of ice! Then I found out that the doctor almost did not make it to the office that morning. There was a sheet of ice on the road in front of his house. He made the decision to come only when he saw the salt truck go by. And then he came the whole way following it and driving in 4-wheel drive. Later I found out there was also a 35-car pile-up on the interstate near us, due to ice on the roads. What I had seen as an unnecessary fear and an over-reaction to the weather forecast, was a big event – and dangerous – for many other people.

Sometimes it seems we respond to people and their trials in the same way I responded to the “ice” event. People tell us their problems, and inwardly we think, “That is not such a big deal. Why are you letting it bother you? Your faith should be stronger than that.” Later we learn more of the details of the situation and realize it was a big event, especially for them. But we are so focused on situations affecting us, that we often overlook the burdens affecting other people. How many times have we heard about fires, mudslides, accidental deaths, persecution of Christians, loss of business, weather disasters, bad health reports, homelessness, and much more that affect strangers, friends, co-workers, and even family, but we have not let it affect our hearts! Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Let us make this year one when we look and listen more for the needs of others. Let us recognize their pain and struggles, and then let their burdens touch our hearts and cause us to pray and help. Let us bear “one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).

“This Is The Day!”

Well over twenty-five years ago as the staff of the Bill Rice Ranch was waiting in the chapel for morning devotions to begin, Dr. Cathy Rice walked in and stood before us. She quoted Psalm 118:23 and 24, “This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” She told us that their precious granddaughter, Bethany, who was studying nursing at a local hospital had fallen from a stairwell in the hospital and had life-threatening injuries. (She passed away a few days later.) That morning is forever stamped on my memory. I thought that the verses quoted regarding the very sad news was unusual. Through the years, however, I was a witness to how this family, in the face of tragedy and day-to-day trials, kept their faith and trust in the Lord. Not once did they think about quitting. It has been a source of encouragement and hope to me.

Each New Day

Each new day is a gift from God. It brings with it challenges, struggles, hopes, dreams, fulfillment, disappointment, tragedy, happiness, sorrow, bad news, good news, complaints, conflicts, blessings, pain, victory, and defeat. Regardless of the circumstances, each day is a gift from God, and it is up to us how we respond to it. When things are going well, it is easy to rejoice, be glad and we say, “God is good.” What about when things are not going well? Is rejoicing and gladness still on the menu? Do we still say, God is good?

Rejoice and Be Glad

Several preachers at our church on Sunday, December 31, 2017, gave brief sermons sharing advice for the New Year. Ted, my husband was one of those preachers. He challenged us to remember that no matter what a day may bring, “This is the day which the LORD hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Each morning since then, we have begun our day with these words. One morning I will begin the verse and he will end it. The next time he will begin it and I will end it. Sometimes we sing it. (I am glad only the two of us hear it because both of us are lousy singers.) It is amazing how this practice has changed the way we enter into our days. We don’t always wake up feeling well, and the news from the nation and the world is often alarming and frightening, but knowing, “This is the day which the LORD hath made…” gives us reason to rejoice and be glad. And sometimes during the day when things are not going well, we remind each other to rejoice and be glad.

How About You?

How about you? How do you face the new day? One man prayed, “Lord, thank you for this day we have never had before.” How do you respond to your difficult and challenging circumstances? How can you rejoice and be glad? Here are some suggestions that may help.

*When you wake up, quote or sing the verse, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

*Tell the Lord you trust Him. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

*Be thankful. Read Psalm 100:4, 5, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving… be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

*Overcome fear. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed (overwhelmed); for I am thy God: I I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:10, 13).

*Keep hope alive. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13). We can keep hope alive in this life and in the one to come. A statement a radio preacher made many years ago when we were experiencing trials and sorrow has been a huge source of encouragement to me. He said, “As long as there is a God in Heaven, we have hope.” God will always be there, and we can always have hope.

*Rest in the Lord. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7). Stop trying to fix it and let the LORD take care of it. Sometimes when I am weary, both mind and body, I kick back in my oh – so – soft recliner, close my eyes, rest and nap. I wake up refreshed and ready to get going again. It would be good for us to “kick back” in the Lord, rest and wait patiently for him. He knows the end from the beginning, and we can rest in Him. “This is the day… (it is a gift from God). Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

This is the Day Which the Lord hath Made
– Psalms 118:24

Lord, Thank you for this day I face
A new day of life, love, and grace.
I will rejoice and be glad in it
I rejoice for each hour and each minute.
I am glad for the fresh air I breathe
I rejoice for the majestic nature I see.
I am glad for the clouds above
I rejoice in your faithful undying love.
I truly rejoice and I am glad in it
I rejoice and I am glad for each minute.

This is a day which the Lord hath made
we will rejoice and be glad in it!
– By Ted Camp

This is written because I care – Carlene

Could It Be An English Problem?

Do you ever sign an instruction or procedure to a Deaf person, see him nod in agreement, and then do the opposite of what you sign? The problem could be English.

Why is English hard for many Deaf people? Hearing people grow up listening to language — in USA, mostly English. They hear how to form sentences. They hear people talk about good and bad grammar. English becomes almost natural. Of course, listen’n to and seein bad grammaw can cawse bad habits also – aint that right? In their formative years, most Deaf people may not be aware of the grammar discussion. Oddly enough, it seems that Deaf children born to linguistically-caring Deaf parents may be able to learn English better because of learning language early. ASL and English are very different. Some educators have used English signing systems (MCE, SEE, etc), trying to teach English to Deaf children. This has mixed success.

Hearing signers often sign in an English format with a hearing person’s perspective, causing Deaf people to misunderstand. Think about what you sign from a Deaf person’s point of view. Make a video of yourself signing; then play it back after a few days. Mute the voice, so you must use only your eyes. Does the signing make sense visually? What would happen if you, as a hearing person, had not overheard the context of the conversation? Would it still make sense? Were there enough visual parts such as body shift, repetition, placement, slow and deliberate signing, and directional signing for the message to be clear? The point is, are you signing ASL signs, but using English sentence structure or a hearing perspective?

It is good for all signers to reconsider how they get information. They should relay ALL information visually using hands, body, eyes, mouth, head, and rate (speed).

Let’s take away the English and sign visually!

Learn Important Lessons

One of the most important lessons a leader can learn is one that Moses learned the hard way. He was born in an unusual time in the history of Israel. The Jews were slaves in Egypt when Moses was born, and the Pharaoh (king) had ordered all Jewish boys to be killed as soon as they were born. God allowed Moses to be “adopted” by the daughter of the Pharaoh. Because of that, he was raised in the palace and given all the best of everything he could want. He saw an Egyptian abusing some Jewish slaves. He tried to be a leader when he acted in his own wisdom and strength. He killed the Egyptian when he thought no one was looking. He then had to run and hide in the desert because Pharaoh found out what happened. He waited forty years in the desert until God called him to lead the Jews out of captivity. During those forty years, God did a work in Moses that all leaders need. God taught Moses the value of being humble. Forty years earlier, Moses depended on his wisdom and strength. When God called him from the burning bush, Moses had learned that he could not lead without the help of God.

If we want to be good leaders in Deaf ministry today, we need to learn to be humble. We need to focus on what God can do more than what we can do. As good leaders, we need to learn that it is our responsibility to build up others, more than to have people praise us. We should think of others before we think about our own desires. Moses, David, Peter, and Paul all had to learn this important lesson. We each need to learn it as well. God is looking for good leaders who will serve others and remain humble. Can God use you today, or are you too proud? Be humble and desire to help others, and God will use you! Learn important lessons and never stop learning. When you stop learning, you will stop leading.  More next issue!
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The Son Followed The Father

God is a Faithful Creator (I Peter 4:19). God is also a Faithful Father. Jesus was able to follow God, His Father. Jesus’ work followed God’s work (John 9:4). In the beginning, God built all things through creation. Jesus builds His Church. God created through His Word. Jesus builds the Church through His Word. Lucifer confronted God. The Devil confronted Jesus. God cast Lucifer out. Jesus told the Devil “Get thee hence, Satan.” God gave life to Adam and Eve. Jesus gives life to believers.

God started with two – Adam & Eve. Jesus started with two – Andrew & Peter. God added a few – Adam & Eve’s family. Jesus added a few – disciples. Adam & Eve’s family grew to many – the Nations.

The disciples grew to many – the Church. Israel had twelve tribes. Jesus had twelve disciples. God chose his bride – Israel. Jesus chose his bride – the Church. God called Israel out from the Nations. Jesus calls the Church out from the Nations. God prepared a place for Adam & Eve – Garden of Eden. Jesus prepared a place to teach his disciples – a mountain in Galilee. God prepared a place for Israel – the Promised Land. Jesus is preparing a place for the Church – Heaven. God started by blessing Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:28). Jesus started by blessing his disciples (Matthew 5:3). God taught Adam and Eve. Jesus taught his disciples. God started by “saying” His words of Creation. Jesus started by teaching his “sayings” in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5).

The Bible (God’s “Sayings”) will lead you in the right way, “the Blessed Way” (Proverbs 3:5-6). To succeed in home and marriage, follow your Heavenly Father… Trust Him and Obey! This is the Blessed Way – RC