Deaf families enjoy great weekend of camp! Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage There were plenty of explorers and by Chad Entinger PAID much to explore at this year’s Bible Camp Council Bluffs, Iowa Technology has become a big part 21199 Greenview Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-4190 Permit No. 17 for the Deaf, which met July 12 to 15 at of the Deaf experience. While there are Nebowa Christian Camp near Onawa, Return Service Requested some dangerous pitfalls with technology, Iowa. About 75 campers and volunteer there are also great advantages, especially staff members came together for a long when Christians utilize it to impact deaf weekend of exploring God’s creation, people with the Gospel of Jesus. Tech- God’s Word and His will for their lives. nology has helped greatly to bridge the The highlight of the weekend was Teen boys explore God’s Word in morning class. gap between deaf and hearing people. seeing six young people accept Jesus as Apple’s iPod, for me, has become a their personal Savior and be baptized in “little Bible-in-my-pocket” teaching and the beautiful lake at camp. witnessing tool. Deaf Missions’ The Bible: Tim Thurston, Deaf minister from ASL Translation To Go of the entire New Colorado Springs, Colorado, did an Testament is downloaded on my iPod. excellent job of exploring God’s Word I have used the iPod to respond to deaf in his sermons during evening chapel. people’s questions about the Bible. Jennifer and Carla Borgaila presented Pagers are rapidly growing in the the work of Christ’s Church of the Deaf Deaf community. Many deaf people use in Council Bluffs during the morning pagers to send and receive text messages. missions chapel. The group generously Boating and swimming were popular activities. I sometimes send messages of encour- gave $483 to the church’s ministry. agement to other Christians and receive Campers really enjoyed their free messages from them, too. time swimming in the lake, riding on Many deaf people now have video- paddleboats and canoes, making crafts, phones. Deaf people appreciate the con- and roasting marshmallows over an open venience of communicating with others campfire. Some also enjoyed swimming through the phone using sign language. at a pool in Onawa and visiting nearby I have personally used videophones to Lewis and Clark State Park. support and encourage other preachers We plan to host camp at the same and Deaf ministry leaders and friends, as location next summer. Watch future Some of the group enjoyed exploring the keelboat well as to receive encouragement from Reports for dates and details. replicas at nearby Lewis and Clark State Park. them. On several occasions, I’ve pro- Report No. 83 September, 2007 vided limited counseling this way. Also, I have spent time praying with them New TV series for Deaf kids begins in September on my videophone. I believe I’ll have opportunities in the future to share Jesus “There’s a special place I know, of a Child Network (part of TBN), Global with deaf people in other areas through where I always love to go. Come with Christian Network and the Miracle a videophone. Video relay service (with me, I’ll take you there—Dr. Wonder’s Channel Christian Network in Canada. interpreters) helps deaf and hearing Workshop!” According to network estimates, this people communicate with each other. What is Dr. Wonder’s Workshop? It series should reach into around 300 Many deaf people depend on the is the first weekly 30-minute Christian million homes worldwide by the end of Internet for many of their personal television series ever created in Ameri- 2007. Several other Christian networks The scenes in Dr. Wonder’s laboratory were taped needs and for entertainment. Also, the can Sign Language especially for Deaf and independent stations are interested at the DVC studio in Carol Stream, Illinois. Tim Thurston preached four powerful messages. Tim Smith baptizes Travis Folmer on Friday. Internet is the place where deaf people children. The program is a joint effort in the program and may add it to their inventor’s lab of Dr. Leward Wonder, a Deaf intern from Gallaudet serves well this summer gather information. It is important for of Silent Blessings in Indianapolis, IN, schedule in 2008. Christian Deaf engineer. The lab is just Deaf Missions was blessed this year, majoring in education. Deaf churches and ministries to set up a Deaf Video Communications (DVC) near down the street from The Finger Food summer by the service of intern Kari Kari’s main responsibility this website promoting and sharing infor- Chicago, IL, and Deaf Missions. Cafe. Dr. Wonder and his team of highly Olney from California. Kari came May summer was helping to plan and lead mation about Jesus and their ministry. After several years of planning and creative deaf friends, including Pops (the 29 and served until July 20. Bible Camp for the Deaf. She designed Include information about your church production, the first season of 13 episodes animatronic puppet), create amazing Kari is a student leader of Campus the camp shirt, booklets and name tags, service times and special activities you is ready and starts airing on six national inventions and, in the process, learn Crusade for Christ at Gallaudet Univer- prepared games and recreation activities, are hosting that welcome deaf people. Christian networks and their affiliates more about God and each other. sity, where she has finished her second was a family group leader, helped with More Deaf churches are now utiliz- this fall. These networks include: NRB In addition to the scenes in the lab, worship and taught the teen class. ing PowerPoint software for their Bible Network, TLN, each episode also has a Bible story, an Other projects Kari completed lessons and worship. A PowerPoint iLifeTV, Smile object lesson, a segment called “Real include writing devotions and signing a presentation of sermon notes, lessons and Kids,” where children answer questions series for Daily Devotions for the Deaf, Bible verses in ASL or English truly help related to the theme, and an original song teaching the children’s Bible class at deaf (and hearing) people understand The show’s characters use fun and humor in the written and produced by Marshall Christ’s Church of the Deaf, assisting and remember what has been shared. lab to teach important spiritual truths to viewers. Lawrence of Silent Blessings and with video production and transcribing Let’s continue to utilize technology performed in ASL by the Ameslan Kids. The goal of Dr. Wonder’s Workshop several sermons from ASL to English for we are blessed with, as long as it is used Deaf Missions produced the Real Kids is to teach positive values and life skills the LINK: ASL Sermon Series. for advancing God’s Kingdom. As First segments and some special features to children, both deaf and hearing, and We praise God for Kari and for her Corinthians 10:31 encourages us, “What- for the series, as well as many of the to show them how the Bible is relevant hard and wonderful work with us. ever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” program transitions and graphics. Intern Kari Olney leads prayer at Deaf Camp. for their lives. Each episode has a theme, A full stereo audio track complete such as being fair, respecting others, trust- Phone: 712-322-5493 (V/TTY) ◆ Fax: 712-322-7792 ◆ www.deafmissions.com with English voice-overs, sound effects ing God, obedience, honesty and learning and background music makes it easy for to share. The program is set in the small continued on page 2 Dr. Wonder’s Workshop continued from page 1 Mission teams work in four countries this summer We praise God for great Our international outreach to deaf hearing kids to understand and even to people continues to grow. In recent celebration in Kansas City learn some sign language. The program months, Deaf Missions has sponsored More than 170 people joined with us God prepared someone…maybe YOU! is also closed captioned in both English two missions teams going to Romania in thanking God for His blessings to Deaf and Spanish for hard-of-hearing kids or and Mexico, and Vicki Drummond and Missions during the past 37 years at the kids who are learning English as a second Debbie Klahn of In His Sign have worked celebration Thursday evening, July 5, at language. with teams in two other countries. the Kansas City Convention Center. An important feature of the program Time and again God has prepared someone for an event that the person didn’t In April, In His Sign joined with a deaf Dave Erickson, Senior Minister will be a new website (www.drwonder. even know would happen. He did it for Bible persons. He’s done it for me. team from Australia and deaf and hear- at First Christian Church in Council com) that is being created and main- ing Filipinos to lead three Deaf camps in The team leads a worship service in Romania in July. Bluffs, welcomed the group and gave the tained by Deaf Missions. The website YOU might be such a person right now…a person (or a church congregation, different areas of the Philippines. They Also in July, a six-member team opening prayer. Following the meal and will have fun activities and games for or Sunday School class) whom God has prepared for a special purpose. I am very sure also participated in a graduation at one sponsored by Deaf Missions and Deaf a 25-minute video presentation prepared children, helpful resources and links that God has been preparing someone, or perhaps many “someones,” to meet Deaf of the Deaf Christian schools there. International spent two weeks in Roma- especially for the evening by Joe Mathis for parents, broadcast information and Missions’ urgent needs at this hour. If it’s you, I’m sure that you want to know it. June 1 to 9, In His Sign went to Haiti nia conducting worship services in Deaf and Jolynn Stinehagen, Duane King and an online store. Plans include releasing to work with the Jerusalem Deaf School. churches in three cities. The sermons by Chad Entinger spoke about the present the first season on DVD and possibly Deaf Missions is a leader in Christian ministry among deaf people. Our services They taught lessons on Creation to the Noah Buchholz and the dramas, games and future of Deaf Missions. for download on iPod are beginning to exceed our income, which is not growing as we expected. We are in students in the morning, and led training and crafts were well received. The deaf Chad and Glory Entinger surprised and MP3 players. The a spot where we must either eliminate some of our important ministries, or receive sessions for teachers in the afternoon. people really appreciated the opportu- the Kings with a special presentation to songs from season one more money. We can cut services, though we’d do it reluctantly. We’d much rather The week of July 14 to 22, a team of nity to dive deeper into God’s Word. honor their 40 years of Deaf ministry. will also be released on see income increase. Can you see our dilemma? How could we decide what to cut? six Americans joined the director of Con For a day by day overview of the team’s It was a wonderful evening of praise DVD and CD. The DVD Mis Manos and her staff to conduct a trip, along with additional photos, you and fellowship. A DVD of the program will include the ASL Deaf camp in Matamoros, Mexico. The may visit Deaf International’s blog at and other special features will be avail- Should we cut off Dennis, deaf, who became a Christian because of performances. Check group had a great week of Bible classes www.deafmissionblog.wordpress. able soon. Contact us to request a copy. the devotion book? Cancel our participation in Dr. Wonder’s Workshop? the website for these and activities, crafts, games, a movie and com. Look for photos of the other trips Must we stop doing Bible translation into American Sign Language? Or and other resources as a trip to a local swimming pool. at www.deafmissions.com. shall we withhold from James, a deaf preacher, the training he needs? they become available. Shall we limit the number of deaf children in the Hands for Jesus Kid’s Production has already begun Club? Stop providing correspondence lessons and Bible Camp for the on the second season of Dr. Wonder’s Deaf? I’d need you to pick the programs to eliminate. Workshop. Chad Entinger contributed Honestly, I can’t bear to cancel any of these, or our other ministries… three scripts for the new season. The lab they are all so effective. I’d need you to select the ones to quit, knowing segments were taped the first two weeks that this is not just a game—it’s for real. Real people will go unreached of June at the DVC studio in Illinois. and unserved. Real staff members might lose jobs. YES, IT’S FOR REAL. Deaf Missions plans to tape the Real Kids segments in September. Is this program needed? YES! Deaf Praise God, there is a choice besides canceling programs. Maybe God is The King family poses with Chad and Glory Entinger preparing you for this choice. The choice is that Deaf Missions will receive more children are perhaps the most spiritu- (right) following presentation at banquet. ally neglected kids in the world. Of the Hundreds of Deaf Filipinos learn about Jesus at the The American team poses with the children at financial support. My hope is that Chad Entinger can assume the leadership of Deaf estimated 1.2 million deaf children in three camps conducted in the Philippines in April. Deaf camp in Matamoros, Mexico, in mid-July. Help us thank the Kings Missions in November debt free. We need over $100,000 for that to happen! Such a the U.S., 8 out of 10 grow up with parents who sign very little or not at all. Very New video projects keep studio and staff busy Duane and Peggy King have faith- powerful testimony and encouragement when that does happen. The staff has been utilizing the new fully served the Lord at Deaf Missions Has God prepared your heart and your finances to help Deaf Missions during this few churches have effective outreach for the past 37 years. As you may know, programs for deaf kids. Many studio and equipment well in recent critical time? Such a blessing if He has…a huge blessing both to you and to the deaf months doing video and audio record- Duane will “step aside” as the Executive people who will be reached because you acted upon your preparation. children (deaf and hearing) can’t read or Director of Deaf Missions when he turns understand the captioned programs on ing for several new projects and continu- ing work with ongoing programs such as 70 on November 9, 2007. He is NOT You might not have known that God was preparing you. You might not have Christian television. retiring from Deaf Missions, but will As Executive Producer Marshall Daily Devotions for the Deaf in ASL. known why. Now, God is using me to let you know. You are on our mailing list. Now, In May, six preachers were taped for focus more on public relations and the time is here for you to fulfill the purpose of your preparation. If you have been one Lawrence states, “As a parent of a Deaf donor development after November. child myself, I know how hard it is to the new LINK: ASL Sermon Series. The staff of our faithful, generous supporters, we thank you and ask you to consider if God has has been busy throughout the summer You are invited to a special “Fit for been preparing you to send more. If you have never given to Deaf Missions, or have not plug your child into spiritual thought a King!” celebration in Council Bluffs, when you have no tools or resources to editing these weekly messages, record- given recently, consider if God is calling you to become a supporter. ing voiceovers and preparing the online Robert Weiniger portrays Gideon for a new series Iowa, on Sunday, November 11 (contact help.…I really don’t think it’s an exagger- of “Big Bible Stories” in ASL for deaf children. Deaf Missions for details). We will have ation to say we’re standing on the brink programs and DVDs for distribution. In You may choose to send a major gift now, and then continue with monthly September, we will record a series by Work also began this summer on fun celebrating “a boy from Skidmore, support. Or maybe God prepared you to do just one or the other. Either way, please of something that has the potential to a man used by God” and honoring the Joseph Josselyn for webcast in Novem- a new series of Big Bible Stories for deaf let us know how God is leading you, so that we will not unnecessarily eliminate a make a fundamental change in the way Kings for 40 years of Deaf ministry, 50 ber, and then will begin videotaping the children. This series will feature live char- program or a person. You may use the enclosed envelope to mail your gift, or donate Christians view Deaf people, and the way years of ministry, and 70 years of life! sermons for next year in late October. acters telling stories in ASL from the Old online at www.deafmissions.com. Or you may arrange for your bank to make Deaf families view the Christian faith.… As part of the celebration, we are Testament with animated backgrounds. automatic transfers from your account to Deaf Missions. We will promptly send you “How many people will be touched asking our friends to send a thank you, James and Ann Lynn Parker presented a receipt for every gift, and also mail you a complete printed record of your annual by this ministry? How many hear- words of appreciation and/or sharing the stories of Abraham and Ruth in June. contributions in January of each year. All contributions are tax-deductible. ing children will learn to sign and will special memories in a card, letter or note In late July and early August, Tim Smith learn to see Deaf people as fun and cool? for us to give to Duane and Peggy during and Robert Weiniger were recorded for Thank you. God bless you and lead you as you consider this need. How many Deaf people will come to a the celebration on November 11. We will the stories of Elijah and Gideon. Chad new understanding of the relevance of put all cards, letters and notes in a special Entinger will be taped later teaching Duane King the Christian faith in their daily lives? collection and present it to them that lessons to go with these four stories. I don’t know. But I do know that it’s evening. Please send your note to Deaf P.S. Our income to date in 2007 is very slightly ahead of 2006, but Check out the LINK: ASL Sermon very possible we might just be seeing the Missions by October 15. Thank you. income has not grown to match the cost of sustaining the ever-ex- Series at www.linkasl.com and look beginning of a parting of the waters. So Rick McClain and Chad Entinger present sermons panding programs. for updates on Big Bible Stories in future please pray!” on Christian discipline for September LINK series. Reports and on our website.