"Go ye into ALL the world"

Includes DEAF People

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WHY DEAF PEOPLE?

Deaf people have been
neglected by many churches.

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PARTNER WITH US

Your prayers and help are needed. Schedule a meeting in your church.

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SILENT WORD MINISTRIES

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Help reach Deaf people for Christ.

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Meet Jon and Diane

Jon and Diane Barr 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”

FAQ

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.

WHO

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

LUNCH

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

COST

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

WHERE

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

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FAQ

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. 

WHO

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

ASL INSTITUTE

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

COST

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

TIMES

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

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Our Ministry in Pictures

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

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PRAYER LETTERS & UPDATES

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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2021-01 Prayer Letter (SWM)

Exciting report! In 2020 there were several advances in our unique missionary ministry. Five new missionary “families” were added to the SWM mission team – 3 foreign missionaries, a Deaf church planter, and a youth-focused missionary to the Deaf. SWM online teaching ministry reached out to thousands of people worldwide. SWM again ended the year debt free! There were 129 salvation decisions reported across all areas of our ministry. As the Lord’s coming draws nearer, we continue to move forward and serve the Lord in 2021.

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2020

2020-11 Prayer Letter (SWM)

November/December 2020 SWM Prayer Letter Dear SWM Friends, It has been our privilege to serve the Lord with you in this unusual year! “The LORD hath done great things for[…]

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Gailyn and Anita

2020-09 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends, “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.” – Philippians 1:12 This[…]

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2020-08 Prayer Letter (SWM)

August/September 2020 SWM Prayer Letter Dear SWM Friends, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher[…]

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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