A New Phase of Deaf Ministry Begins With
College Place, Washington State, USA
Gospel Outreach is an independent ministry that supports over 2,100 local Bible Workers and Lay Pastors in over 45 countries around the world. All the lay workers are supervised, trained and employed by the local Adventist Conference or Mission in their native country. The USA & Canadian Gospel Outreach [GO] administrative staff and Regional Directors are unpaid volunteers for GO. Thus, about an average of 94% of the donations can go to the direct support of the GO lay workers in each country.
Gospel Outreach just voted in March, 2006, to start a formal 'Deaf Ministry' department with John Blake as Director. Already GO was sponsoring 18 Lay Workers for the Deaf in India, some of whom are deaf themselves.
The goal is to expand in India, and through the world GO Regional Directors, and the over 2,100 lay workers, find capable workers for ministry to deaf people in the other countries where Gospel Outreach is already working. These new workers must be active members of the Adventist church experienced in lay evangelism, and need to be either Deaf themselves, or know sign language and be very familiar with the deaf culture of that country [possibly parents or children in a family where there are deaf members]
Gospel Outreach worker, Lay Pastor John Reddy, leading a group of Deaf people in Signed Singing in Andhra Pradesh, India. John is deaf himself!
Some of the Deaf people at Boddam, Andhra Pradesh, India, where evangelistic meetings were held in Oct./Nov..05. You see the sewing machines in the back of the hall? A one year sewing/tailoring school had just been held for deaf young women at Boddam. At the end of the year course, 8 of the 10 who started, finished the course, and were able to take home their sewing machines to help them support themselves.
Pastor Jeff Jordan (squatting in the front), a deaf pastor from Atlanta, GA, held meetings in three areas of Andhra Pradesh in Oct/Nov/05. While there over 100 deaf people were baptized. Many of those in this picture were part of that baptismal group. Most of the preparation was done by Gospel Outreach volunteer lay workers!
Dan Matthews, the former Director of the TV broadcast, 'Faith for Today', ready to interview the new Gospel Outreach Deaf Ministry Department Director, Pastor John Blake, for one of the Gospel Outreach TV programs. The Gospel Outreach series of mission reports may be seen on the 3ABN [www.3abn.org] and Hope satellite TV channels.
Pastor Blake just retired from full time ministry, and he and his wife Alberta (A trained teacher of the Deaf) are now devoting themselves to Deaf Ministry. They have two grown Deaf children, as well as two Hearing - who also sign.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP GOSPEL OUTREACH
IN THEIR NEW EXPANSION INTO MINISTRY TO DEAF PEOPLE
(Especially in the 10/40 window of the world)
Please send your tax deductible donation to:
* IN THE USA: (you receive a US tax deductible receipt)
Gospel Outreach, P.O. Box 8, College Place, WA 99324
* IN CANADA: (you receive a Canadian tax deductible receipt)
Gospel Outreach Canada, PO Box 21024, Vernon, B.C. V1T 9T7
NOTE: AT MONETARY RATES IN 2006,
Approximately $80 US per month supports a full time Deaf Ministry Lay Worker in India, or about $ 960 US for a full year's support.