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  • Visiting a deaf church

    Do we take hearing for granted?

    ‐--------

    What’s it like going to a deaf church? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    Yesterday, I went to a church in New Orleans for the deaf. I did let them know early on that I can hear and for a time, I was talking some since the person I was speaking to could read lips, but then I was speaking too fast so they brought in an interpreter. There were some people at the church who could hear as well, such as the pastor’s wife. When people came and talked to me, they always started with including sign language until I told them, “I can hear and I can’t read sign language at all.”

    On my way there, I was thinking about how much we take hearing for granted. What would it be like to live in a world without being able to enjoy music, for instance? I saw they said something about video phones instead of just regular smartphones which left me wondering if there’s a special tool that is available for the deaf so they can use phones. Of course, we use our phones for so much more than phone calls anymore that it doesn’t surprise me that the deaf have phones.

    While the deaf can’t hear music, there was still music. It was done by a lady on a screen who would sing and sign at the same time, though I’m sure the audience wasn’t joining in. There was a time for prayer requests and I was surprised to hear updates on previous prayer requests. I don’t think this happens a lot of times in our churches.

    The pastor gave his sermon and he signed it entirely while his wife spoke aloud what he was saying. Had that interpretation not been going on, I know I would not have understood any of it. I remember talking to my mother the night before on my Echo who was asking me how I would be able to understand the message. I then explained I didn’t understand it in the Vietnamese and the Chinese church either. (And for that matter, the Arabic church.)

    There were also people who were shown on a screen joining in on Zoom. Overall, this was still a small congregation such that I completely passed the church on my first time going by as it looked just like any other small building. I had to go and repark my car at one point because it was too far away from the side of the road and someone was nice enough to help spot me as I left seeing as I had to back out, something difficult for me with the steel rod on my spine.

    I am here now thinking that I really need to be able to appreciate more and more that I can hear, which is something we take for granted. At the same time, I am thankful that many in the deaf community are still clinging to Jesus. I sit now and wonder that could it be for some of them, the first sounds they will ever hear will be the words “Well done, good and faithful servant?”

    I can’t think of anything that would be a better first sound to hear.

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters
    (And I affirm the virgin birth)
    What’s it like going to a deaf church? Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out. Yesterday, I went to a church in New Orleans for the deaf. I did let them know early on that I can hear and for a time, I was talking some since the person I was speaking to … Continue reading Visiting A Deaf Church

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    Not everyone who is deaf is born deaf. You can acquire hearing loss or be born with it.
    If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
      Not everyone who is deaf is born deaf. You can acquire hearing loss or be born with it.
      Went deaf when I was in kindergarten.

      I'm always still in trouble again

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
        Not everyone who is deaf is born deaf. You can acquire hearing loss or be born with it.
        I am aware of this.

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        • #5
          Though, I'd agree people at a Deaf church are more likely to have been born deaf or had it as a young child. An older adult might get a cochlear implant, which still isn't perfect, but may be easier than learning a new language.
          If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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          • #6
            My childhood church had a deaf congregation; over time, as a deaf pastor was hired, this morphed into a second congregation essentially using the same building at the same time. However, they had literature in the main church lobby. One pamphlet got my attention: "Biblical reasons why deaf people are excused from church". The pamphlet, of course, was blank. I learned that many deaf people believe that, as they are cursed by God, Christianity is not for them. To anyone with biblical literacy, this is nonsense, but it's actually something that needs to be communicated to them.
            "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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