The Deaf Hear
During the days of Jesus many people were saved, healed, and changed. This truth is written in Matthew 11:3-5. John the Baptist was in prison awaiting execution for the cause of Christ. Knowing he would soon be beheaded, he sent two of his disciples to inquire of Jesus. In my opinion, he wanted to make sure losing his life was worth it. John’s question was, “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” What a wonderful outline of Jesus’ earthly ministry! Notice it says, “the deaf hear.” That shows me that there were many deaf people during Bible days, and many were touched by Jesus and were made to hear. I love it that the story of one deaf man meeting Jesus is recorded for us in the Bible.
One That Was Deaf
“And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain” (Mark 7:32-35). This is an interesting story. It shows the greatest need of deaf people, which is to meet Jesus. It also shows that people cared for the deaf man – “they bring unto him one that was deaf.” And best of all, it shows that Jesus loved the deaf man and took time to help him. The man was deaf but because of Jesus and those who cared, he was made to hear, and his life was forever changed.
One That Is Deaf
Here is the story of one who is deaf. Leyton Kam Green was born September 27, 2004. He was born deaf and legally blind (vision 20/400 which cannot be corrected). He had a heart defect, scoliosis, hernias, and other serious physical defects. When he was two months old, he had open-heart surgery. At five months, he had eleven different procedures, and a feeding tube was inserted which he kept until age 8. At 15 months, he received a Cochlear implant that never worked because he didn’t have the nerve in either ear. From all appearances, it seemed there was not much hope for Leyton to lead a productive life or to make a difference in another life.
They Made A Difference
His parents and family members work diligently to give him the care he needs. They along with many from their church family at Ebeneezer Baptist, attended sign language classes at Silent Word Ministries so that they could teach Leyton and he would have a community who could communicate with him. At age 5, Leyton enrolled in Harvest Christian Academy for the Deaf in Ringgold, GA. He loves it. The academy is about one hundred miles round-trip from his home. Volunteers help with the transportation, which is costly and time-consuming. The staff at the academy love him and are dedicated to his education, to developing his social skills and to giving him opportunity to serve others. Leyton is an usher at his church and occasionally performs special music. He plays baseball for the Miracle League in Chattanooga, TN, goes fishing with his grandpa, and watches his big brother play football. His favorite places to go are church, the hospital to visit people, and the funeral home. He loves to socialize and be around people. Wherever he goes, people love to be around him. When he grows up, he wants to work in a hospital and be a preacher.
Three Deaf preachers – Dr. Reggie Rempel, and Missionaries Ronnie Rice and Allen Snare – are great examples for Leyton to follow. Many, are making a difference in his life. Leyton has an exciting and productive life, and a bright future because the Lord and many are making a difference in his life. And Leyton is also making a difference in many lives. His former pastor and his wife and former interpreter and her husband are now missionaries for the Deaf in Africa.
Are You Making A Difference?
Jude 22 says, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.” All around us are needy people. Can anyone point to you and say, “They made a difference in my life.” This written because I care – Carlene