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Blogging at Silent Blessings

Hey friends –

Every time I open this website, I see how woefully behind I am in writing blog articles. That’s not recommended if you want to get your brand or message out to new people, or keep the interest of those who have followed you before.

But there’s good news – I HAVE been writing!

There’s a growing collection of articles on the Silent Blessings website, and yours truly is the body behind the keyboard. Check these out, and I’ll get some new stuff on this site as soon as I can.

Here’s a rundown of the most recent articles…

1/6/17 – I wish my Deaf Adult children were in church…   a perspective on why deaf millennials may resist going to church, and resources they can use for personal and group growth

12/22/16 – Visually Announcing Emmanuel…. a look at the visual aspects of the nativity story

12/9/16 – Dear Santa, my child is deaf…  a list of resources available for teaching key stories to deaf children and adults

11/28/16 – ’tis the Season… a perspective on how to include deaf family members in traditional holiday celebrations, without making it awkward

11/4/16 – Deaf Ministry Done Well (2)…  (yes, I slipped a week or two) …. first of two overviews of the Deaf Christian Leaders’ Conference 2016 hosted by Deaf Missions.

10/14/16 – Deaf Ministry Done Well (1)… an overview (or travel-log) of three deaf churches, their history and current status

9/30/16 – Why is Deaf Ministry so Hard? (4)… a look at how our referential libraries differ from group to group, an appeal to include visual references in presentations to a mixed congregation

9/16/16 – Why is Deaf Ministry so Hard? (3)… a look at the differences between hearing and deaf culture, specifically in communication style

9/2/16 – What Heavenly Language(s)!… a perspective on communication in Heaven, and how to begin practicing now

8/19/16 – Doing What it Takes… an overview of what goes into producing resources for deaf kids that are also accessible to their hearing family members and friends

DWW – Dear Haylee…

As I mentioned in DWW – Dear Donald, part of my task at Silent Blessings is to respond to fan mail. Sometimes they simply say hello, sometimes they ask about Lisa’s pink hair or Paula’s blue hair, and sometimes they ask bigger questions. Here’s one from today (yes, I changed the names).

Continue reading DWW – Dear Haylee…

“My Song”, a movie about identity

This film is 24 minutes long, and worth attention in every frame.  It is done by folks in the UK, so they use British Sign Language (BSL), with audio and captions.  You may want to have tissues handy.

10 of 10 (reblog)

The following is an article found on another ministry site, Deaf Child Hope, written by the founder of yet another ministry, Duane King of Deaf Missions.

The interesting thing about facts is, no matter who tells them, they remain true. I hereby invite you to catch the vision of reaching deaf people with the gospel, preferably while they’re young enough to be guided and guarded by it.

10 of 10

Continue reading 10 of 10 (reblog)

Patrick Speaks

Patrick Speaks is a short video about a deaf young man in Uganda, and others like him.  They have a unique opportunity, thanks to one person who chose to learn, then return home to make a difference.

At the end, Patrick is granted a sign name…the sign they use means “Smile” in one or more sign languages.

It turns out this video is an excerpt of a 25 minute video titled “15 and Learning to Speak” from the UK channel “Unreported World”.  The longer video has an interpreter using British Sign Language (different from American Sign Language).

Enjoy the smiles, and understand the story that is at the heart of deaf culture – the essential need to communicate, and the experience of being alone while surrounded by loved ones.