Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Canada Trip #2...

I have to share a short funny story while I was in Canada.  It was a beautiful day filled with blue skies with some breeze. It was a perfect weather. Several of my friends asked me and Jeff if we wanted to go up on high valley, we walked up there We were out of breath. The canadian friends had mountain skateboards, one to stand on and one to sit. They're not the typical standard skateboard we see around here. They're larger, has huge wheels and all-terrian tires. They were really awesome and neat. I decided to give it a try and mind you, I'm not a skinny person, I noticed my weigh cause the mountain skateboard to sag near the ground. I looked at the back tires...they were nearly flat!

I went down with it to the bottom of the valley. Guess what? I fell and crashed to the ground on my back. I said to myself, "What have I done!?!" and realized I was not young anymore, ha! It wasn't easy to balance myself on it, so it's practically out of the question. The next thing, it was no fun to walking up with that heavy mountain skateboard. I was once again out of breath. I tried the one that you sit on. This time I nearly blew out all 4 tires!!! My friends gave a push and I skated down the hill fast and boy, it was FUN! As I walked back up the hill again, I looked at the long trail of tire marks that I created. I thought, "wow, so cool!" I had good time with my friends. Jeff and I really enjoy our special moments with our canadian friends. It was a great experience!

The reason I shared this story, it had helped me realized the special times with friends also applied to many of us and you guys, too. We're always B-U-S-Y with our lives. If we take a break from our busy life and spend 1 hour with our family, find something fun to do! There's nothing compared to anything else in life. It's PRICELESS. It's very important we recognize that balance is the very important key to our lives. If we don’t have balance, then it’s out of the question! Just like my fall off the skateboard. Man, that did hurt!

We need to learn how to balance our life with God, family, and work. If we have good balance, then we will be able to enjoy more with our life. God wants us enjoy our life on earth. God created it for us, He gave us this life. I truly believe God is smiling when we honor Him and be faithful to Him. He loves it when we enjoy and having fun our lives. When I looked at the trail of tire mark on the dirt road, it was filled with many wonderful memories that I can carry with for the rest of my life. Just like you create memories with your family time. Christians friends who helped push us on the skateboard, since I can't physically make the skateboard go. Same visual with idea is we all need friend's support system to push us to become a better person. Only God can help us do successful things in life. He wants us to have fun, not worry, stress, frustrated, or give up. We will experience riding on the bumpy, dusty, dirty road in our lives, including frustrations, stress and hurtful feelings.We have to learn to control our life by steering left and right to keep us on right the path. That's what God will do for us, open your hearts to God and He WILL steer our lives and heart to the RIGHT PATH!

We at OJC want to see deaf people experience wonderful times through God. The secular world and Satan will continue to keep us from having fun. Satan is the one that is telling you, you're not having fun! Honestly, being a Christian is definitely not boring compared to what other people say. God wants us to enjoy life while we can. "So go eat your food and enjoy it; drink your wine and be happy, because that is what God wants you to do. Put on nice clothes and make yourself look good. Enjoy life with the wife you love. Enjoy all the useless days of this useless life God has given you here on earth, because it is all you have. So enjoy the work you do here on earth. Whatever work you do, do your best, because you are going to the grave, where there is no working, no planning, no knowledge, and no wisdom." ~ Ecclesiastes 9:7-10

Please continue pray for us at OJC to help deaf people to "see" Jesus Christ. Imagine when we will be in Heaven and huge blast time with Him! God bless you, my fellow brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One Small Step At A Time...

“Ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened."
~ Matthew 7:7 (NCV)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Come Home to God’s Love and Forgiveness" by Rick Warren

"Nothing in all creation is able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus." ~  Romans 8:39 (NIV)

Did you know that your heavenly Father wants you to come home this Christmas? It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done or how long you've done it. God says, "I want you to come home to My love
and My forgiveness." That's what Christmas is all about.

What would keep you from doing that? What would keep you from coming home to God's love and forgiveness? The fear of rejection.

You may think, "God wouldn't want me now. I'm too far away from God. I've been away too long. I've done too many things He probably wouldn't approve of."

If that's what you think, you're dead wrong! Romans 8:39 (NIV) says, "Nothing in all creation is able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus." God doesn't care who you are or what you've done or how long you've done it. He still loves you and wants to forgive you.

But how do you know God loves you? Christmas proves it. God came to earth in a human form - Jesus Christ - to show that he loves you and wants to forgive you. The Bible says, "God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we can have eternal life through Him. This is real love. He sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:9-10 NLT).

Here's how you know that Scripture is true: Jesus didn't stay in a little cradle in the manger. He grew up. He went from the cradle to the cross.

On the cross with His arms outstretched He said, in essence, "I'd rather die than live without you." That's how much God loves you. Christ left His home in heaven and came to earth to show His love for you and to pay for your sins so that you could be forgiven and come home to Him.

That's real love. That's the reason for Christmas.

"Come Home to God’s Love and Forgiveness" ~ by Rick Warren, senior pastor at Saddleback Church (

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Social Network Christmas by Igniter Media

This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus's birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior's birth in a fresh, unique way.

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Canada Trip...

Canadian Rocky Mountains

I, Andrew Lower, would love to share some of my great experiences as a pastor. One of the many deaf ministry experiences was my mission trip to Calgary and Saskatchewan, Canada. About 7 years ago, my friend Jeff, who is also a deaf preacher, asked me go with him to Canada. It was my first time to Canada and I've never been so excited in my whole life. It also the first time I've done any type of ministry to Deaf Canadians. At that time, it was such a blessing and God was so awesome! When I first arrived at the destination, I immediately saw they were very hungry for God’s Word and Jesus Christ. They were so thrilled and honored to see us since we both came a long way from Florida.

During the first day or two, we were in Calgary because it was the only city in the area with an airport. We stayed with some friends that night. The next early morning, several of us drove 6 hours to Saskatchewan. For about a week, Jeff and I preached approximately 50-100 Deaf Canadians at the camp. Each day during the revival services, their faces shined with happiness! Many of them got saved. What's even more amazing was some of them traveled 6 hours to our revival to listen to our powerful sermons! Glory to God! I'll never forget the special time we had there spreading the Good News in Jesus Christ's glory! I'm so thankful that my good friend, Jeff, asked me to be a part of it. It wasn't long after the mission trip that I felt the call to be a Deaf Pastor. If it had not been for Jeff asking me to go with him, I would probably never become a Deaf Pastor. When several Deaf Canadians told me, "Thank you very much for coming here and gave us the messages. We now found the answers from God because of you." it was such a humble experience and I had realized God used me to help them SEE God! They really inspired me to this day, today.

We had wonderful time together. Many great memories. They really touched my heart deeply. Even they were strangers, I felt like they were family members. I was so fired up with enthusiasm because I knew God had something special for me, which was to help Deaf people to SEE Jesus Christ. After the revival at Saskatchewan, we traveled back to Calgary. On the way, I got to see some of the most beautiful landscapes and mountain scenery I've ever seen in my life. It was like God's massive oil painting! Before our flight home, I had tears in my eyes and prayed to God thanking him for giving me the most awesome experience and was looking forward to serve Jesus Christ. Fast forward to today, with Operation Jesus Christ Deaf Ministries, we will be able to use this wonderful new outreach program to tell the Deaf People in the world Who Jesus Christ is. We want them to SEE Jesus Christ. Our goal is to help them to open their hearts to Jesus Christ. Our hope is tell 98% of the non-Christian Deaf people that there IS Jesus Christ! Please continue to pray for us and Operation JC Deaf Ministries.

God bless you all,

Pastor Andrew

Sunday, December 12, 2010

God Smiles When We Obey Wholeheartedly...

"  Often we try to offer God partial obedience. We want to pick and choose the commands we obey."       - Rick Warren

"Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I'll wholeheartedly obey." Psalm 119:33 (LB)

God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly. That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don't procrastinate and say, "I'll pray about it." You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.
God doesn't owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can't. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, you will never understand some commands until you obey them first. Obedience unlocks understanding.

Often we try to offer God partial obedience. We want to pick and choose the commands we obey. We make a list of the commands we like and obey those while ignoring the ones we think are unreasonable, difficult, expensive, or unpopular. I'll attend church but I won't tithe. I'll read my Bible but won't forgive the person who hurt me. Yet partial obedience is disobedience.
Wholehearted obedience is done joyfully, with enthusiasm. The Bible says, "Obey him gladly." (Psalm 100:2 LB)

This is the attitude of David: "Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I'll wholeheartedly obey." (Psalm 119:33 LB)
James, speaking to Christians, said, "We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe." (James 2:24 CEV)

God's Word is clear that you can't earn your salvation. It comes only by grace, not your effort. But as a child of God you can bring pleasure to your heavenly Father through obedience.  Any act of obedience is also an act of worship.

Why is obedience so pleasing to God? Because it proves you really love him. Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey my commandments." (John 14:15 TEV)

"God Smiles When We Obey Wholeheartedly" ~ by Rick Warren, senior pastor at Saddleback Church (

Thursday, December 9, 2010

To Obey God, Let Go

"We get comfortable with our little habits and rituals, the things that get us stuck where we are instead of getting us to where God wants to grow us."....

When the wise men had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." So he got up, took the child and his other during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.  Matthew 2:13-15 (NIV)

Joseph and Mary had to let a lot of things go because of their faith journey. They left everything they knew when they headed to Egypt. And in one sense, what they were sacrificing was their comfort at the deepest level.

It is often uncomfortable to trust God and follow his plan because we get comfortable with the wrong things. We get comfortable with our little habits and rituals, the things that get us stuck where we are instead of getting us to where God wants to grow us.

If you commit your health to God it will probably mean giving up some of your favorite foods. If you commit your finances to God it will probably mean cutting back on your spending.

It's uncomfortable to break a habit. It's uncomfortable to face a fear. It's uncomfortable to go somewhere you've never been before or forgive someone who has hurt you. But growth and change always come through doing those uncomfortable things and that's what's good in it.
But if we don't we would continue to hold on to something that makes us feel comfortable and end up turning our back on God who is the source of comfort.

The Bible says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Father of compassion and God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3 NIV).

I invite you this Christmas, like never before, to recognize that God is the God of all comfort. And in those moments when you want to turn back to that old habit, that old way of thinking which pulls you off track, turn to God and say, "God, give me your comfort."

"To Obey God, Let Go" ~ by Tom Holladay, teaching pastor at Saddleback Church (

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Victory in Jesus Christ

The other day, I came across this video about Team Hoyt, I was incredibly inspired by it's story. I realized that I can’t do everything myself, but I know God can help me to do the impossible things. A quick note before I further discuss the story. At birth, Rick Hoyt was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. If you haven't watched the video, please take few minutes to watch a powerful and inspiring story. Click on arrow button if need to turn on the "CC" feature to read the subtitles on the video. Here's an excerpt from their Team Hoyt website (

"In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."

This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman
competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.

In a triathlon, Dick will pull Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest around his waist and to the front of the boat for the swimming stage. For the biking
stage, Rick will ride a special two-seater bicycle, and then Dick will push Rick in his custom made running chair (for the running stage).

Rick was once asked, if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick responded, "The thing I'd most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once."

The 2009 Boston Marathon was officially Team Hoyt's 1000th race. Rick always says if it comes down to doing one race a year he would like it to be the Boston Marathon: his favorite race. Dick Hoyt hopes that he is able to push Rick in the Boston Marathon when he is 70 years old (2011)! Neither Dick or Rick are ready to retire yet."

In the video, you'll see the son, Rick, asked his father, Dick, to help him run, swim, and ride the bike to the finish-line. You know, this particular video applies everything to what we believe in Operation Jesus Christ Deaf Ministries. Please allow me share with you some verses from the Bible as an analogy as I want to illustrate my views with Operation JC Deaf Ministries:

The RUNNING RACES with Operation JC Deaf Ministries:
"You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win" ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NCV)

"You were running a good race. Who stopped you from following the true way?" ~ Galatians 5:7 (NCV)

"You offer the teaching that gives life. So when Christ comes again, I can be happy because my work was not wasted. I ran the race and won." ~ Philippians 2:16 (NCV)

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." ~ 2 Timothy 4:7 (NCV)

(Following Jesus's Examples): "We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back." ~ Hebrews 12:1 (NCV)

The several verses above should inspire all of us to work hard for Jesus Christ. Sometimes we think we can’t do it, but we must realize our Father who in Heaven WILL help us. All we have to do is ask our Father to help us.

The SWIMMING RACE with Operation JC Deaf Ministries:
"Water flooded the earth for forty days, and as it rose it lifted the boat off the ground. The water continued to rise, and the boat floated on it above the earth. The water rose so much that even the highest mountains under the sky were covered by it. It continued to rise until it was more than twenty feet above the mountains. All living things that moved on the earth died. This included all the birds, tame animals, wild animals, and creatures that swarm on the earth, as well as all human beings. So everything on dry land that had the breath of life in it died. God destroyed from the earth every living thing that was on the land—every man, animal, crawling thing, and bird of the sky. All that was left was Noah and what was with him in the boat. And the waters continued to cover the earth for one hundred fifty days." ~ Genesis 7:17-24 (NCV)

"Seven days, later he sent the dove out again, but this time it did not come back. When Noah was six hundred and one years old, in the first day of the first month of that year, the water was dried up from the land. Noah removed the covering of the boat and saw that the land was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the land was completely dry." ~ Genesis 8:12-14 (NCV)

(Jesus Walks on the Water) - "Immediately Jesus told his followers to get into the boat and go ahead of him across the lake. He stayed there to send the people home. After he had sent them away, he went by himself up into the hills to pray. It was late, and Jesus was there alone. By this time, the boat was already far away from land. It was being hit by waves, because the wind was blowing against it. Between three and six o'clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When his followers saw him walking on the water, they were afraid. They said, "It's a ghost!" and cried out in fear. But Jesus quickly spoke to them, "Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid." Peter said, "Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water." Jesus said, "Come." And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. He shouted, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. Jesus said, "Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?" After they got into the boat, the wind became calm. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, "Truly you are the Son of God!" ~ Matthew 14:22-33(NCV)

Dick carried his son, Rick, on a little boat from the land into the water. They raced into the more deep ends of the water, then came around and back to the land. Rick could not swim on his own, however he was taken cared very well by his father. God will carry us through difficult times. Like the story of Noah and the Ark, God destroyed the Earth, structures and every living creatures. All what was left was Noah and whatever was with him in the boat, Ark. However, God took cared of Noah, his family, and the animals because they had faith in God. All the bad things happening in the world right now makes us worry, become stressful, afraid, and wanted to give up. God will protect us and lift us up if we trust in Him. When Peter walked to Jesus on the water, he became worried and afraid. Suddenly, he sank into water and Jesus quickly grabbed his hand, pulled Peter out of the water. Jesus said "Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?" That verse made me realize we do not need to worry about economic crisis and all the chaos going on in the world today. We just need to trust Jesus above everything. It's like a little mustard seed of faith that can move a mountain! Let Jesus fight for you and all of us! Trust the Lord, Jesus Christ and his POWER.

The BIKE RACE with Operation JC Deaf Ministries:
"Then I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. The rider on the horse is called Faithful and Truth, and he is right when he judges and makes war. His eyes are like burning fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him, which no one but himself knows. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and clean, were following him on white horses. Out of the rider's mouth comes a sharp sword that he will use to defeat the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will crush out the wine in the winepress of the terrible anger of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his upper leg was written this name: 'KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.'" ~ Revelation 19:11-16 (NCV)

Imagine seeing Jesus Christ on the White Horse fighting our enemies and prevail for us. Jesus will defeat our enemies with His powerful words coming out of his mouth. We will see victory through Jesus Christ (Father). Our victory to the finish line! We will win the races! Nothing is impossible with God. In the video, the father saw the finish line and pushed his son to victory. Rick, the son, was so proud and excited even before the finish line. The Son said "I CAN do through my Father."

The son can't run but his father can, he can't swim but his father can, he can't bike but his father can. The father can do it all, but he can't compete without his son. They just can't do it ALONE, however, they CAN do it TOGETHER all the way to finish line!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Continue to pray for us and the Operation JC Deaf Ministries. God Bless you all!

Friday, November 19, 2010

What Should be the Focus of Christians on Thanksgiving?

The original thanksgiving celebration was held by the Pilgrim settlers in Massachusetts during their second winter in America in December, 1621. The first winter had killed 44 of the original 102 colonists. At one point their daily food ration was down to five kernels of corn apiece, but then an unexpected trading vessel arrived, swapping them beaver pelts for corn, providing for their severe need. The next summer’s crop brought hope, and Governor William Bradford decreed that December 13, 1621, be set aside as a day of feasting and prayer to show the gratitude of the colonists that they were still alive.

These Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom and opportunity in America, gave thanks to God for His provision for them in helping them find 20 acres of cleared land, for the fact that there were no hostile Indians in that area, for their newfound religious freedom, and for God’s provision of an interpreter to the Indians in Squanto...READ MORE

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Me, Me, Me" by DT Quest

A DeafMusic song composed by Lisa Frey Barrick and performed by Stacy Wildes and Chris McGaha. Produced by Deaf Teen Quest (DTQuest), a ministry of Youth for Christ in partnership with DeafYouth Ministries.

"Ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened." ~ Matthew 7: 7-8 (NCV)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

How Great Thou Art

An absolutely beautiful ASL music video, "How Great Thou Art", performed by Rev. Ronaldo of Grace Bible Church out of Tampa, FL.

"I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music." ~ Psalm 101:1

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Letter from the President...

Hello my Christan brothers and sisters,

Please allow me to share from the bottom of my heart about the deaf people who are lost in the secular world. According to a study, 98% of over 300 million deaf people in the world claimed to be NOT Christians. It's a mind-blowing percentage. What an incredible field to minister. I often have this question that keeps pondering in my head, "How do we reach these Deaf non-Christians and get them to come to Jesus Christ?"

In the hearing world, more people than Deaf have many opportunities to hear the gospel about Jesus Christ through radio, TV, churches, friends, blogs, and social networking. Unlike many of us in the Deaf communities, we live our lives visually. We don't have the luxury to listen to Christian shows or sermons on the radio, podcast or audiobooks. Only few churches broadcast their services on television captioning or subtitles. Praise the Lord to the churches that provide captions on TV. We at Operation JC Deaf Ministries pray everyday that God would touch their hearts. On the other hand, somehow and some way, we need push to bring Deaf people to Jesus Christ by providing more accommodations and services locally, nationally and internationally. We would love to see technology become more accessible and available to the Deaf communities so they can SEE the wonderful messages of Jesus Christ.

With the rise in popularity of the internet, video sharing via online have exploded in the past few years. More churches are sharing their sermon videos on their websites and networking sites than ever. Yet, the majority of the videos rarely have subtitles made available to the Deaf. We recently discovered that a technology is being in the process of developed by Google to provide captioning through "Transcript Audio" technology where it would detect the recording voices and translate it into subtitles. What a marvel technology. What if we implement that technology with all of the church service videos being uploaded into the internet? I'm pretty sure at least 90% of the Deaf population in the United States have access to TV or internet one way or the other. We're in the time where we'll have access to everything through smart phones such as iPhones, Blackberry's and Droids. Nothing is impossible with God.

One of my frustrations is many churches do not know how to embrace the Deaf communities in their area. Many Deaf people don't go to church because churches in their area do not have services or accommodations for the Deaf. Churches open many doors for to Hispanic communities. Why not open more doors to the Deaf communities to come to their local churches? Many schools are now providing accommodations for the Deaf Culture. Many of them are also now offering ASL Sign Language courses as their foreign language to the hearing communities. What's wrong with the picture here? Don't get me wrong, I am not against hearing people wanting to learn sign language. It makes our lives easier when we can communicate with the hearing world. However, I feel like Deaf communities are being heavily ignored. Where's our compassion for the Deaf non-Christians? We, Christian brothers and sisters, and churches are responsible to provide outreach program to the Deaf communities in their area. If it's done the right way, many people will be surprised how "thirsty" Deaf people wants to know more about Jesus Christ. It may be easier said than done. It's one of the main reasons why we started Operation Jesus Christ Deaf Ministries. Operation JC Deaf Ministries can provide trainings and workshops for churches who are interested in learning more about the Deaf Culture and develop an outreach program to reach out to their Deaf communities.

Speaking of Deaf Missionaries, we need more of them  to go out in the fields worldwide to help establish Deaf outreach programs, plant new Deaf churches, and provide Deaf revivals to the countries that do not have the luxury or access to SEE the gospel of Jesus Christ. They need people like us to show them the wonderful stories of the Bible. It's another of our long list of goals with Operation JC Deaf Ministries, to go out on the mission fields to help spread God's Word. We're in the works of developing visual Bible and projection slide show to present them the stories of Jesus Christ visually. We have a talented deaf artist on staff that will be helping us put together incredible materials for the Operation JC Deaf Ministries. Several years ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Japan, Canada and Honduras. The experience was amazing, unimaginable and extraordinary. I cannot tell you enough how inspired I was to see so many Deaf non-believers converted to Christianity. God is good! With a lot of prayers, I feel God is calling me back to the mission fields to reach out and touch more non-believers. Our goal is to turn the 98% to Christianity before Jesus Christ arrives! Amen!

In conclusion, please help us at Operation Jesus Christ Deaf Ministries in praying for our Deaf brothers and sister to SEE Jesus Christ so they may accept Him as their Savior. Operation JC Deaf Ministries and God are at work. He wants us to go out and make Deaf disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I'll like to end this note with a wonderful verse from Matthew 9:37-38 ~ "Jesus said to his followers, “There are many people to harvest but only a few workers to help harvest them Pray to the Lord, who owns the harvest, that he will send more workers to gather his harvest.”

God bless you all!

Pastor Andrew
President - Operation Jesus Christ Deaf Ministries

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Gap...

"Through Christ you believe in God, who raised Christ from the dead and gave him glory. So your faith and your hope are in God." ~ 1 Peter 1:21

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Inspiration from the Chilean Miners Incident...

There were 33 Chilean miners trapped in that mine.
They were found in the 33rd week of the year.
It took 33 days to drill the passage to them.
They were rescued on 10/13/10, which equals 33 when added together.
To a man, they credit Jesus for sustaining them.
Jesus was crucified when he was how old??? ...33

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NCV)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Building Bridges with your words to Deaf people"

The Bridge

I have four points to share to help us to achieve the best relationship with the "bridge". What I mean by the "bridge" is to build a relationship to or with Deaf people. The goal of building a bridge to deaf people is to connect deaf people with hearing people, to unite to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world. To do this, we need to learn the best way to listen (use our eyes to pay attention; don't lose focus). You will see below what the word "listen" stands for.

First, before you can build a bridge of communication with a Deaf person you have to speak verbally, but in sign language.

Secondly, before you can build a bridge of communication with a Deaf person  you have to learn how to guard your thoughts (the mouth speaks what is in your heart).

Thirdly, before you can build a bridge of communication with a Deaf person you have to learn to use your ears (or eyes, as to a Deaf person cannot hear). Yes, watch what you say BUT guard your heart.

Fourthly, before you can build a bridge of communication with a Deaf person you have to use sign language, using words properly.

Below is what each letter in "LISTEN" means:

L - Look at Deaf people (keep your eyes on them).
I -  (show) Interest in deaf people.
S - Stop what else you are doing (don't be distracted by other things, this will frustrate them).
T - Think about what Deaf people are saying (take your time to understand them).
E - Empathize with Deaf people (show that you care and that you're there to help them).
N - Notice body language (body language is very important in reading the feelings of others; Deaf people cannot hear your "tone" so instead they look at your body language).