(Jon’s SWM monthly letter)
As I arrived at the SWM office this morning, I was overcome with thanks to God for the many godly people who have influenced this ministry and me personally over the years. Although some are now with the Lord, their influence continues in the literature and ministry here. It is our goal to influence the next generation in much the same way. SWM produces over 350 booklets, manuals, pamphlets, tracts, and other items. It is a great joy to help produce, edit, publish, and distribute this excellent Bible-based literature which is written for Deaf people but read and used by both Deaf and hearing.
Recently, Dr. Curtis Young (International Partnership Ministries) sent a picture of Christians in India being trained to witness using SWM’s soul-winning booklet, “You Can Go To Heaven.” Using only line art and Bible verses to communicate the Gospel, this simple booklet has now been translated into 15 languages. Also, two SWM tracts, “What God Wants Deaf People To Know” and “What You Need To Do After You Are Saved,” are available for missionaries to have translated into the languages in which they minister. It is a blessing to know that from Trenton, Georgia, SWM influences people around the world!
Missionary Report Update – Last month we reported several SWM mission trips planned. As this letter is being written, Reed and Donna Condra are in the Philippines, speaking in Deaf Camps with Bob Himes (Bill Rice Ranch Missions), and David Bennett is on a survey trip to Gabon, Africa, with a potential missionary couple. Your prayers and financial support are appreciated for these and other mission trips planned this year to Belarus (Bill Towner) , Romania (Nicole Condra), and Bulgaria (several SWM missionaries). SWM missionaries influence Deaf and hearing people in many countries around the world!
Website – SilentWordMinistries.org has been recently improved and upgraded. SWM online catalog products now have pictures and descriptions. Log on to check out how SWM is using the Internet to help fulfill the Great Commission. The SWM 8 Steps Flip Chart has now been made into a website. All SWM tracts have recently been upgraded to include the Follow8Steps.org website address, so new Christians around the world canimmediately learn about growing in Christ – what a potential influence!
New DVDs – SWM recently upgraded to a new DVD duplicator tower. Now we can produce higher quality preaching and teaching DVDs. Also, David Bennett recently was filmed preaching a series for hearing people (no sign language) on the topic of “A Theology of (Christian) Persecution.” These 10-DVD sets are very useful, especially for foreign missionaries! A mission agency ordered 100 sets to give to their worldwide missionaries and ministry friends. Order your set today for only $15!
Thank you for your prayers, and financial support which increase our influence “into all the (Deaf) world.”
For Deaf Souls,
Jon Barr, President