Use your passion for deaf culture to share the Gospel
During your time at North Central, you’ll be encouraged to share your love for Christ and use your American Sign Language interpreting skills to spread the Gospel in deaf churches, ministries, and missions organizations. Here are some possibilities:
Adventist Deaf Ministries
A ministry that offers Bible School resources, evangelism and outreach tools, training and workshops. They also offer simple reading printed materials that can be ordered off their website.
Bible Church Deaf Ministries
Deaf Family Ministry
Established in 1995 and located in Springfield, Virginia. According to their website, “Deaf Family Ministries is an international, nonprofit and Biblically based ministry dedicated to deaf people and their families. Our mission is to provide teaching that wins people to Christ, helps deaf people and their families grow in their relationship with Christ and each other and builds deaf ministries and churches.”
A ministry that serves three main areas within the Deaf community: 1) Churches interested in starting Deaf ministry, 2) Deaf adults and children, 3) Parents of deaf children. Several ways they accomplish this is by providing training in Deaf Culture, Sign Language, Interpreting, and more.
Deaf Video Communications of America
This ministry offers a free video lending library of over 200 Christian video tapes that are either captioned or in ASL. They also have skilled personnel and professional equipment to aid anyone in Deaf ministry who desires to make quality, professional video programs.
International Institute of Deaf Services (IIDS)
According to their website, the mission of IIDS is “to train leaders and educators both deaf and hearing, interpreters and workers with the deaf to evangelize, obtain skill development in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, technology and religious training.”
A nonprofit Christian outreach and evangelistic organization consisting of both Deaf and hearing Christians. Their website states: “We come from many walks of life but we all have one thing in common – a love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Because we love Him so much, we want to see ALL men, women, and children come to know and to love Him.” There mission is to bring the hope of Christ to the Deaf community, and they accomplish this by advocating on behalf of Deaf ministries, educating hearing churches about spiritual needs of the Deaf community, and creating ministry resources and materials.
Silent Word Ministries
According to their website, “Silent World Ministries, established in 1966, is a missionary – evangelistic outreach to deaf people, families and churches; writing and printing fundamental Bible materials that can be trusted. Our goal is to win people to Christ, to help build deaf ministries; to establish deaf ministries; to strengthen deaf people into mature Christians with sound Bible literature. We are a fundamental, non-profit, tax-exempt ministry to the deaf.
Bible Translation for Sign Language
Want to find out what Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International are doing with Sign Languages in other countries? Want to get involved in the work? Check out this organization.
D.O.O.R. (Deaf Opportunity Out Reach) International
A non-denominational Christian organization whose main purpose is to train and send deaf missionaries all over the world.
Deaf Harvest International
Offers a listing of overseas missionaries to the Deaf.
Provides a list and contact information of Deaf overseas missionaries.
Founded in 1970 and today serves over 50 denominations in more than 50 nations by providing quality resources (ie: Bible in ASL) and programs. Their mission statement is “To effectively minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to deaf people.”
Maharashtra Deaf Fellowship of India
Check out this ministry that exists for the sole purpose of sharing the Gospel with the deaf in India.
National Deaf Culture Fellowship
An Assemblies of God national fellowship for the deaf and hard of hearing population. They offer camps, retreats, conventions and other forms of deaf culture fellowship.