Deaf World Ministries Update
BRIEF GAMBIA REPORT
Deaf church in Gambia is growing and the Lord had seen fit
to open a worship center for them right by the St. John's
Deaf school which has over 500 deaf students!! It is near
the center of the city of BANJUL. It is easily accessible to
the larger Deaf community.
There are many needs remaining to make it functional. Here
are some of the needs (just a few mentioned here):
BUILD A STAGE
MEDIA CENTER (APPLE LAPTOP AND PROJECTOR AND TV
KITCHEN SUPPLIES FOR FEEDING LUNCHES
BIBLES – PREFERABLY ACTION BIBLES (PICTURE TYPE)
... And many more we will mention later
The need is GREAT, the time is NOW!
We are working with the BIBLE SOCIETY OF KENYA to
provide 2-3 Bibles for 13 rural churches to have Bible readings
taking place each week in these communities in their native
languages and English. This is for the hearing people who cannot
read. One person will gather the village people together and simply
read the Bible to the people so they can receive the Word of God and
thus have more growth than only hearing it once a week. Then the
Pastors of the churches will be able to explain to the people the
things they have heard during the week. The process has been slow
but we are making progress. Your prayers will be very helpful!
Our Video Logs are gaining viewers and we
believe God is touching people's lives. We are posting them on here
on our VLog page, on our Deaf World Ministries Facebook page and
sending them to some of our Deaf subscribers to our FB page! We are
also advertising them throughout the USA via FaceBook. We are
evaluating this as the cost is a bit pricy for DWM. We are thankful
for this avenue of reaching Deaf people, however. As we get more
practice they are improving and we have recently invested more
finances to improve our gear. We are excited about the new year
ahead and reaching out to more Deaf people with God's Word!
WORD FROM KENYA ORPHANAGE LED
BY PASTOR WILSON
We received word that the drought
is so bad they have to go 150 miles to get water for drinking,
washing clothes, etc. DWM was able to respond to send money to help
with the purchase of gas to drive and money to purchase water. Much
more is needed for the children in the orphanage. Any financial help
and prayer support would be appreciated by Pastor Wilson.
Money was also sent to purchase Bibles for a village where the
people LACK Bibles. Only one Bible exists in the village and it
belongs to the Pastor. Now some Bibles will be provided to people
who can read, one per family. More Bibles are needed. We all know
that to grow and learn it is important to have access to the Word of
God on a daily basis.
WORLD DEAF DAY OF
SUNDAY JUNE 15
Pray for the Deaf World to be reached
with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
has now raised enough money to begin building on a plot of land they
had donated to them. They will soon begin building the first floor
of a 4 story building which will house his family, the church and
the children of the orphanage. We are continuing to support
them and helping to provide finances for their food, clothing and
lodging. Your contributions will be a great blessing to him and the
We have recently
received pictures from the Orphanage in Kenya that shows the
children at lunch, and posing for their pictures. We will be
scanning these and posting them on here so you can see what your
support does to bless these children as well as adding faces to
them. In the mean time we ask you to pray for them. Most have lost
their parents because of HIV and I know you can understand the
heartache these children are faced with on a daily basis as well as
their meager subsistence they face. This is why your prayers will be
a help and blessing to them.
We are thankful
that through the gifts of donors we have been able to assist the
orphanage run by Pastor Wilson Kamau. The children were living on
one meal a day due to famine/drought and lack of finances. This is
the time of year that the children are also in need of uniforms,
books and notebooks as well as other needs since school is stating
up at this time in their area.
Again, Thank you to all those
who have been enablers to meeting their needs. May the Lord Jesus
bless you and be your strength!
We have recently, at the direction of our board, taken on a
new and different orphanage in Kenya with 29 orphans and over seen
by Pastor Wilson Kamau. We will be raising financial
support to help feed and clothe these children and the outreach
We are also involved in feeding homeless people and
clothing is being made available to them on a limited basis.
It is also important to note that these feeding and clothing
programs are not Deaf programs, but rather the Deaf ministry
reaching out to hearing people as well and Deaf. We know that Jesus
died for ALL people. However, our main focus IS still on/with/among
the Deaf. This is our calling from God as our focus "People Group."
REALITY OF DEAF IN KENYA
There has be no clear census of the Deaf population in Kenya but
the current analysis shows that Kenya has at least 600,000 Deaf
persons. The lack of a clear census of the actual number leads to
poor planning on issues related to Deafness like deaf education,
prevention of deafness especially due to treatable diseases, among
other development matters .
In some communities in Kenya,
Deafness is associated with witchcraft which leads to discrimination
of the Deaf child and family by the rest of the community. Kenya,
being a developing country, has many people living below the poverty
line who are not able to access the very basic needs. Deaf and Hard
of Hearing persons are not spared from this. As a matter of fact,
they are more vulnerable because of lack of education which leads to
lack of employment hence lack of adequate skills. There is also
inadequate inclusion of Deaf persons in legal, political, and
developmental processes which makes it hard to raise issues
affecting them as individuals .
The female Deaf child/woman
is in a more vulnerable position to vices such as rapes, domestic
violence, forced domestic labor, early pregnancies, and dropping out
from education. Because of this, at the Deaf Outreach program, we
have set up a special program that is to empower the Deaf woman/girl
Francis Nganga, the leader of the
Kenya Society for the Deaf has strongly criticized
the government because of its continued discrimination against the
Deaf. In all of Africa and for that matter the Middle-East, India,
Asia Minor and Asia the prevailing attitude toward Deaf is very
negative and they are looked down upon by the rest of society. It is
difficult to change their attitude toward Deaf people. Being Deaf
carries with it a stigma.
Many of the nations will not allow them to
Drive and many old fashion ideas still exist regarding persons who
are Deaf. In India which has a caste system in place the Deaf are in
a lower caste. We are currently also in touch with a Hard of
Hearing man from India who struggles as a Deaf person. India
still holds to the outdated concept that oralism is best for the
Deaf, not realizing that signing is the heart language of the Deaf.
Keep these areas in prayer so your Deaf
people group will be released from the old concepts that have been
proven wrong in the civilized world.
Psalm 144:1 "Blessed be the
Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for
Are you someone that the Lord wants to use
with your hands and fingers for battle and spiritual places? God is
looking for people who have a heart to serve Him using their skills
in sign language to reach out and touch the Deaf World sharing His
great love for them.
Less than 2% of the Deaf
World claim to be Christians. This is the same percentage as people
in the Muslim world, commonly called "THE 10 – 40 WINDOW."
There are less than 300
full-time people to reach the Deaf World, over 800 million
people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, with the
gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ask God to show you how He can use you to
build His Kingdom by reaching the Deaf World with the Good News of
His love for them. Then make yourself available to do it!
Feel free to contact Deaf World Ministries if
we can assist you in any way.
God has recently called us to find people
who have "Fire in the Belly" for Him and
to see His Kingdom established in the hearts and minds of others.
People who He can depend on to learn and impart to others this same
desire and fire in others. Their efforts will be challenged and
thwarted by others but these warriors will persist in advancing
His Kingdom on the earth now.
is to find those people
and do all we can to assist them in "becoming" and "being"
to reach the Deaf World.
If you are someone who fits this or if you know of someone you think
may qualify, please let us know via a message so it can be prayed
about and responded to. Your prayers toward this end will be
The Lord has spoken to put on His armor. Therefore,
it means that this goal will be challenged and thwarted but those who are
diligently staying close to the Lord Jesus will accomplish the role given
them by the Lord.
We are involved in the Deaf
Community and as Deaf and hard of Hearing reaching out to minister in spreading the
touching lives. We have also become involved in helping to
care for the homeless in the area. This involves feeding and
clothing them. Our resources are limited but we are
continually trusting God to supply.
You shall not curse a deaf man, nor
place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your
God; I am the Lord.