Friday, July 13, 2012

Deaf Camp 2012

Another fantastic summer deaf camp was recently held here, which included 45 people this year!  Unlike most years, this one was unique in that it was mostly adults, not children.  The Lord knew who needed to come, though, and three deaf men were saved.  Successful week?  Absolutely!
Jim Bracelin from Silent Word Ministries came from America to assist with deaf camp once again.  He brought his right-hand helper (his lovely wife Terry) and two single young men with him.  Together with Pastor Bob & Mrs. Judy, Pastor Slava, hubby, and many other {Ukrainian} helpers, the group was well-staffed.

Enjoy these pictures that give a {not-so-brief} glimpse into a week given to the Lord... 

Not too many years ago, these precious souls would have been considered worthless here because of their hearing impairment.  But, truly, we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)  We are no better than these souls.  Praise the Lord He offers everyone eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ and brings us out of the miry clay (Psalm 40:2).  What a beautiful picture of God's love and grace!

Thanks for taking the time to look and praise the Lord with us for the marvelous things He has done!

* Another huge thank you to the VanSants for these pictures.


  1. Oh, what a blessing to see those pictures, especially of the three men saved! I love the Deaf.

  2. That ministry is so close to our hearts. My daughter-in-law lost her hearing during a childhood illness. When my son met her, her just turning teen children were used to talking behind her back, taking advantage. When they married, oh, what a change for everyone! But this last year we've been doubly blessed -- she was a good candidate for and did receive a cochlear implant and now can talk on the phone. God is good!!! Best part is how He is now the center of that family and they are blessings to others.

  3. Praise the Lord for what He is doing! I am so excited for you all. Thank you for sharing!

  4. The LORD truly is amazing :))) PTL!!! :D <3

  5. What a blessing!!! Praise the Lord for the souls saved and the seeds planted in the hearts of those who seem to have even fewer chances of hearing the gospel. I'm curious if the sign language is the same in the Ukraine as in the US? (Since you said the speaker was from the US.) We have a deaf co-worker, and he says there are a fair amount of variances between the US and Zambian sign. Just wondering if your speaker had to adjust much! :-)

    1. The two sign languages {English and Russian} are so different that our speaker needed a translator! Many signs are formed by using letters from the alphabet, and since our alphabets are completely different, the signs are drastically affected! What makes sense in one language is completely foreign to the other language and vice versa. People who come here knowing English sign language their entire lives have struggled to learn Russian sign language just as much as we have struggled through the "speaking" language.


Thank you for your encouraging comments! "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25