I’m used to writing reports that have mainly facts. My first draft sounded dry and boring like it was some clinical note; but there was nothing dry or boring about my Deaf Mission trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas. If you know me, you know I have a heart for the deaf and doing God’s work with deaf is never dull. When I told people I was doing a Deaf Mission trip in the Bahamas, I would get a look that seemed to say ‘Are you sure this is a mission trip?” People were thinking I was really going for a vacation. Let me tell you, it IS a third world country for the DEAF and a very needed mission field. I wasn’t staying in a posh hotel in the tourist area; this old woman sweated in the heat with no AC for Jesus! LOL. God put my counseling skills to good work. I talked with one young Deaf woman about her grief over the recent death of her mother – the only family member who signed with her. I witnessed to another Deaf woman about why I’m a believer and how God changed my life and encouraged her to pray and read her Bible. No one had ever shared why they believe in Jesus with her. I shared with a Bahamian man that Jesus is the way, the truth and life. I listened to an aunt so she could vent out her stress of taking care of her grown deaf niece who has no language. These are only the highlights of this mission trip for me. And of course…. The water is AMAZING shades of blue! I look forward to going again next year. In fact, I am planning to go on a Deaf Mission trip to Cuba in 2020!
So here are the quick low down facts - I joined Kayla Rohr, a missionary with the International Christian Centers for the Deaf (ICCD), for the Eleuthera summer camp July 6-14. There is only one school for the deaf in the Bahamas, Centre for the Deaf located on Nassau, New Providence. People who are deaf in the Bahamas Islands have NO education unless they know about the school in Nassau. Thus they are unable to learn about the love of Jesus. We were able to reach out to 7 of the deaf on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Of these 7, only two are fluent in sign language (one of those 2 was part of our mission team). Part of the outreach is teaching the local communities sign language as well as deaf with no language and sharing about God’s love. If you learn a language what good is it if there is no one to talk with. We had a day camp for the kids; they are the most open to learning a new language. Then in the evenings we had camp for adults and children. To learn more about ICCD and the three countries they minister to, visit their website at ICCD.net
A huge ‘Thank You’ to the Missions Committee and Northern Hills for their support of Deaf Ministry!
Love and Blessings, Carol Williams
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