"Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind."
Thanking God for each of you who have supported and prayed for me, this ministry in whatever capacity. The Lord is always faithful in everything we do! In 2016, there were several opportunities to travel specifically for the Deaf ministry. The most notable trip was the National Deaf Culture Fellowship Convention that was held in June at Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Pastors and ministry workers, both deaf and hearing gathered from all across the US to worship together in one place and in one accord. It truly felt like what it must have felt like in the day of the book of Acts. I’m thrilled that in 2018 the University of Valley Forge will be the location of next National Convention so that our local people will be able to take part in this great gathering. Included are pictures of some of the highlighted events of this past year. My prayer is that through each event and opportunity that God would pour His Spirit on the Deaf in NJ and across the USA.
GRADUATION – MAY 2016
Alexis Colon, a Deaf student from NJ graduated from University of Valley Forge this year. She and her family have moved to Tennessee. Looking forward to see how God uses her in the ministry. It was a blessing to have the opportunity interpret and be a part of the graduation ceremony.
National Deaf Culture Fellowship - Convention – JUNE 2016
(Evangel University, Springfield, MO)
Awesome times of Deaf Pastors and leaders leading in Worship, preaching of the Word, workshops, business sessions and so much more....
Decision Prayer Rally – SEPTEMBER 2016
Great opportunity to team Interpret at the Franklin Graham Decision Prayer Rally. It was attended by our very own Deaf Pastor Byron Skidmore of Capital Assembly of God, Hamilton, NJ and two deaf ladies. They were so blessed!
CPR Class – OCTOBER 2016
A new resource provided – “To Save a Life” CPR Training. First time that most experienced this type of class.
Christmas Banquet - DECEMBER 2016
Deaf Pastor Josue Tavarez, from Elohim Christian Church, Richmond Hill, NY preached the Word at our Annual Christmas Banquet Event. Over 70 people in attendance from NJ, NY and PA.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are 850,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons in NJ alone? Only about 2% of that 850,000 number attend church. Statistics from the Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddhh/home/)
PRAYER POINTS FOR 2017
• Serving in roles as NJ District Deaf Ministry Director (Missionary), Pastor of Deaf Ministries at Evangel.
• Church, and Secretary of the National Deaf Culture Fellowship that God would have His way with inroads and increased connections with people and churches.
• Increase awareness of Deaf Ministries in churches in NJ and the US.
• Salvation and Holy Spirit transformation of the Deaf people in our churches and the entire community in NJ and the US.