What’s Up? Sympathies to SWM’s Home Office Missionary, Tabitha Beam, whose grandmother, Grace Campbell, age 89, Sarasota, Florida, passed away on December 28, 2018. “Gram,” as Tabitha called her was a faithful Christian and supporter of Tabitha’s ministry. She was the last of her grandparents. The family is sad because of earth’s loss but joyful because of Heaven’s gain and the prospect of seeing her again.
What’s Up? SWM’s David & Vicki Bennett are excited about the birth of their 6th grandchild. Ryleigh Grace was born to Afredo & Susanna (Bennett) Exposito on December 29. Ryleigh pictured with proud grandma, Vicki. Congratulations to all!
What’s Up? Congratulations to SWM’s Bruce & Amanda Stuart on the early birth of Belle Rosemary! She was born on January 2, 2019, weighing 5 lbs 15 oz. Since the baby made her appearance a bit earlier than expected, she has been in the nenonatal ICU and is improving daily.
What’s Up? (From Filipino friends of the Bracelins). Sent by Missionary Eden Layda: “This past December 13 sign language students received certificates for a 6-month Basic Sign class. Our daughter, Gaye, topped the class. She has a burden to help deserving deaf Filipinos gain employment at her bank. I am 74 and I thank God for extending my horizons. ‘It is always too soon to quit.’”
What’s Up? Missionaries to the Deaf, Bob & Brenda Himes, Philippines, Bill Rice Ranch Missions, will be coming to the states on February 12, 2019, returning to the Philippines on March 19. This short five-week stay is because of requirements for their visas which enable them to continue their ministry in that country. Preparations are already underway for their deaf camp, May 6 – 10, in N. Luzon, Philippines. Please pray for the preparations and the needed funds for the camp. (See article page 8).
What’s Up? Congratulations to deaf Missionary Maria Podbereski! She is celebrating her 33rd year in mission work which has taken her all over the USA. She is a faithful and brave servant as she has traveled alone these many years and met with many challenges. She has taught sign language in many churches and shared the Gospel with hundreds of deaf people. She is also gifted in ASL music. She is pictured with her pastor, Marvin E Curtis Jr, and her faithful support dog, AJ. Thank you Maria for your heart for God and service to others.
What’s Up? The 18th annual Deaf Christian Senior Fellowship will be April 7 – 11, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio, at the Sheraton Suites Hotel. The theme, “Faith Works.” For more information see Ad page 4.
What’s Up? For the first time an SWM Fantastic Saturday will be at Harvest Baptist Church of the Deaf, Ringgold, Georgia, Pastor Reggie Rempel, on March 2. A great day of fun, food, fellowship, and facts to follow led by Jon Barr and SWM team. A special invitation is extended to those in the tri-state area, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. It is worth the drive. Contact: email@example.com.
What’s Up? Happy 80th birthday, January 4, to Barbara Sharpton. She and her husband, Jimmy, are long-time friends of SWM and are helpful volunteers. Jimmy helps print and Barbara helps bind the books. Both are deaf.
What’s Up? Host Denise Wyble announces the 2019 Living Word Deaf Ladies Retreat, October 10 – 13, in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Theme: “Merry Hearts” Space is limited, so check it out soon. Website: lwbc.net
What’s Up? The 25th (1994-2019) anniversary celebration and graduation of Harvest Deaf Bible College, Dr. Reggie Rempel, will be May 3 – 5, 2019. This is a great time for alumni to visit and enjoy the fellowship with former teachers and students. Special guest speakers include Dr. Don Sisk, Pastor Mike Frazier, and Missionary Robert Gunter. For more information, see: www.harvestdeaf.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s Up? Deaf Evangelist/Missionary Ronnie Rice continues to have serious health issues. The doctors have ordered him to stay at home until he greatly improves. Naturally, he is disappointed because he is not able at this time to travel and preach, which is his passion. Encourage Ronnie by sending him a card. Missionary Ronnie Rice PO Box 23 – Onancock, Virginia 23417
What’s Up? Missionaries to the Deaf, Jim & Terry Bracelin celebrate their 20th year with Silent Word Ministries. They are a vital part of everything SWM. One notable work they have done is opening the door to the Northeast for SWM, making known to churches the need of deaf ministries, resulting in many new opportunities for deaf people to worship and hear the Gospel. Jim is Vice President of SWM and director of SWM Outreach Ministries. They both serve on the Executive Operating Board. It was a grand day when the Lord led them to be a part of this unique ministry. Thank you Bracelins, for your dedication, loyalty, heart for God, and love for people everywhere.
What’s Up? Jerry & Louise Pike and family, missionaries to Sioux Native Americans in South Dakota, and long-time friends of Jon & Diane Barr, recently visited SWM. They enjoyed seeing the ministry and learning more about the unique ministry to the Deaf world.
What’s Up? Sympathies to the family of Vivian Rose Kirlin, age 89, Quincy, Illinois, who went home to Heaven on December 5, 2018. She is survived by two daughters, Dorita Kirlin, Quincy, and Anita (Jeff) Leroux, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Anita & Jeff are long-time friends of Silent Word Ministries and serve in a deaf church in the Milwaukee area. The family is comforted knowing they will meet again.