"Go ye into ALL the world"

Includes DEAF People

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Deaf people have been
neglected by many churches.

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Meet Jon and Diane

Jon and Diane Barr are missionaries with Silent Word Ministries.
They have been ministering to the Deaf world together since 1981.

Jon Barr

Jon Barr

Missionary – President, Silent Word Ministries

Diane Barr

Diane Barr

Missionary – Bookkeeper, Silent Word Ministries

Silent Word Ministries Mission Team and Building

Silent Word Ministries

“Into the Silent World… With the Silent Word”

Our Ministry in Pictures

God loves people. Deaf people are our focus. “How shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14


There is always something happening at Silent Word Ministries. Pray for our literature ministry, Fantastic Saturdays, ASL Institute training for church interpreters, video ministry, the Silent Word Newspaper, and more. 

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Deaf Tour of Israel 2022

2022-04 Prayer Letter

April 2022 Dear Friends, When I began teaching a Deaf Sunday School class (as a teenager), one lesson was, “Ten Ways of Following Jesus.” Later someone said that I incorrectly[…]

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Deaf Bible Institute

2022-02 Prayer Letter (SWM)

February/March 2022 Dear SWM Friends, “And in that day shall the Deaf hear the words of the book.” — Isaiah 29:18 Now is that day! This morning a Lutheran Deaf[…]

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Christmas Manger

2021-12 Prayer Letter

November-December 2021 Dear Friends, The song says, “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant! O come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, born the King of angels. O[…]

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You Can Go To Heaven Picture with Jimmy

2021-08 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends, July-August 2021 “But what about the Matrix?” a Deaf man asked me as I was sharing the Gospel with him. We talked (signed) for quite a while and[…]

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What is Fantastic Saturday?

Fantastic Saturdays and D-Days (Deaf Days) are free, area-wide, all-day workshops for deaf people, deaf ministry workers and hearing people. The day is filled with excitement, encouragement, and fun. Everyone is invited to attend. All teaching will be voiced and signed. SWM literature and materials will be available at discounted prices. Lunch is provided by the host church. A love offering will be received. We look forward to seeing you at a Fantastic Saturday or D-Day in your area.


All Deaf and Hearing people are welcome. You do not need to know sign language.


The host church provides a light lunch at no charge. Come and enjoy!


Free. There is no charge. An offering will be received to help with the expenses of the speakers.


These meetings are conducted in selected areas. Click to learn more.

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What is ASL Institute?

Church interpreters value professional American Sign Language training in a Christian environment. ASLI and Deaf Bible Conference are regional, 3-day training meetings hosted by selected churches. 


Deaf and Hearing people are welcome. There are classes for beginners and workshops for intermediate and advanced signers. 


There is something for all levels of signers from beginners (learning ABCs) to intermediate and advanced signers. 


The $50 registration includes all classes, materials, and Friday lunch and supper. Please arrange your own lodging. A hotel list is provided


ASLI starts on Thursday after supper and ends on Saturday before lunch. Friday classes meet from 8AM to 6PM.

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“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  — Matthew 9:37-38