St. Paul, Minnesota: First Deaf Life Church (Deaf/Deaf-Blind)
Emory and Cindy co-lead First Deaf Life Church and also help support various of ministries nationwide. Emory is also the new president of World Deaf Assemblies of God and is thrilled to let us be a part of his family’s celebration. We performed at two locations, two ministries but both within the same church. The first one was the general deaf congregation where we met up at Antler Park for a picnic and a baptism. Followed with an evening with an amazing woman of God who brought along a young friend who needed to be bombed with encouragement because of her struggles in life with health and family. The second performance was for the deaf-blind ministry; we were grateful for all the amazing interpreters who pitched in and gave them an opportunity know what God is doing. Brandon’s family also joined us.
During our free time, we hit the Mall of America for a few hours. Almost a dozen friends we’ve met or knew, tagged along.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Maranatha Deaf Church was a holy roar:
Our drama we hope make people laugh as we don’t always want to consider ourselves serious. Maranatha Deaf Church was roaring with laughter and we were soaking it up behind the scenes. The church had a potluck before we performed which we enjoyed as we chatted with people. Fellowship was short after because many people work early in the morning. But whatever words were spoken, we felt hearts were lighter and perhaps mending after spending some time here. Even the kids approached Brandon and played with him because he was a favorite in many of the skits.
We stayed with a friend name Heather Shur and her parents home whom many of us are friends with. It was their first time hosting missionaries (other than their daughter). We not only appreciated their hospitality but thoroughly enjoyed many conversations and jokes.
Chicago, Illinois at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where we’re one big family:
We didn’t spend too much time in Chicago but we had an opportunity to meet Carole McClelland’s family: the Ruiz. Her mom signed the Lord’s prayer with two other women. One who knew a little bit of sign language and another who gladly joined. After our performances, we went off to our hosts homes where we were really blessed with great conversations, ice cream and food.
Milford, Indiana at Indiana Deaf Camp where Superheroes are trained
Our team not only performs but we love serving. We decided to make a one week stop in Milford, Indiana and work at the Indiana Deaf Camp. Some of us were camp counselors, some of us worked in Good Sports, some of us were in crafts. Our team was pretty busy. We did some of our performances on Tuesday night which was strategic because we wanted to open up an opportunity for kids or the staff to come and talk with us if they wanted to.
Renca worked with the Blue group which was ages from 13-16. The Blue group is not only the toughest group but they were actually one of the most broken. The drama opened up their hearts through the week. Renca was able to share what was on her heart with the girls in her cabin. They simply needed someone to listen, be open and loving. It really makes a difference.
Noblesville, Indiana at Creekside Ministries and MDO
A few of us had already been to Creekside (CS) before so we already knew what to expect. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a really anointed church where half are hearing and half are deaf. Everyone honors each other for who they are.
We only showed two of our skits but people loved it, especially the part in Masks about religion. They laughed but they also knew why it was important to show that specific part.
We stayed with the Alanco family. Not only did they open their homes but opened up their family to us as well. Not a time went by we were hanging out with someone.
We also performed a little bit at the Deaf Youth Sports Festival, Inc. Also known as MDO. We were asked at the last minute this week to perform briefly there. Kids who are athletes in training for the Deaf Olympics. We were surprised to see some kids we met from the Indiana Deaf Camp but were encouraged to see new faces as well. We didn’t have a chance to hang out after with them but hope the skts gave them something to think about.
Up Next: Dayton, OH and Mercer, PA