PO Box 413
Eagle, ID 83616
Home of Commissioned Believers Deaf Ministry
There are over 300 million
Deaf people in the world, more than 36 million of these depend on sign language
for communication. If they were all put together they would be one of the top three
unreached (or unevangelized) people groups in the world. Less than 2% claim to be
Christians. Approximately 750 Deaf people die everyday without knowing Jesus. We
need your help to reach these people with the gospel!
Ray and Kathryn are both hearing, but God has called us to reach
the deaf worldwide by; equipping churches for deaf ministries, providing tools to
reach the lost deaf, mission trips to Deaf in other countries and sponsoring deaf
ministries and orphans. Just like other missions, the deaf have their own language
(American Sign Language) and culture, but many deaf people live in our neighborhoods.
People don’t have to move to a third world country to reach one of the largest unreached
people groups in the world.
CB Deaf Ministry helps you learn sign language
by providing the tools you need. While Kathryn signs and Ray sings you can use our
Worship Workshops and Workshop Specials, which makes learning sign language becomes
fun and easy. We also provide prayer and ministry support. Please
contact us if you would like us to visit your church of christian fellowship.
|March 2013 Prayer Letter
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" Philippians
Hello everyone! I pray that this letter finds you all growing closer to the Lord
and dwelling in His presence. The verse above has been my "motto" for the past several
weeks as the Lord is asking
me to do bigger and bigger things in Haiti. But before I ask for prayer for those
things, I want to give you some updates!
|The Church in Leveque, Haiti
The church construction is almost complete. The roof is on and the windows are done.
Now painting and interior things need to be done and it will be ready for us to
start using it. Please pray that all will go well. "We are excited to begin worshiping
in the new building as soon as possible" William.
|William and Berthide: Married at Last!
Our Deaf pastor in training William Saint Eloi and his beautiful bride Berthide
were married on February 2, 2013. It was such a joy to join the Deaf community to
this celebration. God has truly blessed this couple and they will be such an inspiration
to the other Deaf people in their community. Please pray for their marriage, that
they will be blessed and used by God for His glory.
|Pastors in Training
This month it will be one year since I started training William to be a pastor to
the Deaf. I am excited to announce we now have 2 more pastors-in-training, Benoit
and Jacques Wilson. Both of these men have grown up attending the Haitian Christian
Center for the Deaf in Bon Repo, a Christian school for the Deaf where they received
a valuable education in God's word. Unfortunately, that school has closed down,
but their work is still having affects on the Deaf in Haiti. With 3 Deaf pastors,
we will be able to reach many more Deaf in Haiti for Christ. Please pray for these
3 men, that God will use them for His glory.
|Homes in Leveque
There are now over 103 Deaf adults and their families living in Leveque. The construction
crews (including the deaf crew) are working hard to make sure that 10 deaf families
can move in each month. Ten more families should be moving in this month. I enjoy
being in Leveque on moving day. The smiles and excitement are contagious and everyone
celebrates as the Deaf community grows larger each month! Please pray that the funding
and construction of the homes continues to move forward until all of the Deaf living
in the temporary shelters will have permanent homes.
If you have been following the story of Albert then you will happy to hear that
surgeons volunteered to do his heart surgery in the near future. Please be in prayer
for his paperwork to go through so that he can come to the US for his surgery. Albert
is a 17 year old deaf boy who has no language and is very small due to malnutrition.
He now lives in Port Au Prince and I get to see him once in a while when I am in
Haiti. I have taught him some sign language, but he is not around the deaf enough
to grasp it completely. We are praying he will be able to move to Leveque when his
health is better.
|Haitian Sign Language
Many people do not realize that every country has their own sign language. In Haiti
it is called Haitian Sign Language or HSL. Unfortunately this language is not yet
complete and relies heavily upon American Sign Language for much of its vocabulary.
As I have spent time in Haiti, I have been learning some of the differences in the
two languages. Here is a short video of me and the community coordinator Mackenson
St. Louis showing the difference between ASL and HSL:
|Sign Language Video Bibles
With technology booming I have been able to create a device that is a small hand
held video player that is solar powered (as there is no electricity in Leveque)
and has the ASL bible on it. This allows Deaf Haitians to "read" the bible on their
own in the privacy of their home in their own heart language. We brought down 5
prototypes in January and the results are amazing. This is what some of them had
"This helps me to understand God's word better. I will b eable to memorize it more."
"Wow, I can understand the bible! Can I get one?" Reynold
"Using this (video bible) I can understand the bible clearly" Alexis Gansley
Newborn Rescued from Latrine in Deaf Community.
Click Here to read this amazing
story of God's grace for an unwanted baby boy.
As you can tell by all of my reports, I have been very busy. Thank you so much for
all your prayers and encouragement. At this time Ray and I have come to the conclusion
that I need to transition into full-time ministry. If you can spare just $10 a month
God can use and multiply that to supply our needs. We appreciate all prayers and
financial support. Please Click Here
if you would like to support me or this ministry.
We pray as you celebrate Christ's resurrection you are filled with His love and
Ray and Kathryn
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Pastor Duke has made this excellent video sharing our vision for the deaf in Africa.
If you can share this with your church, friends or anyone else that will be so helpful.
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CBDM has been able to create a personal bible viewer that is solar powered.
The deaf can now "read" the bible in their own heart language in their homes. The
viewer contains the ASLV of the bible created by Deaf Missions. This is especially
important for those who cannot read the written language in their country. Watch
this video to see it in action. If you would like to donate a bible viewer for a
deaf person in Haiti please contact me!