Remembering what Martin Luther said on the 500th anniversary of the reformation: “Thus it was not without reason that the fathers and prophets wanted nothing else to be associated as closely with the Word of God as music. Therefore, we have so many hymns and Psalms where message and music join to move the listener’s soul, while in other living beings and [sounding] bodies music remains a language without words. After all, the gift of language combined with the gift of song was only given to man to let him know that he should praise God with both word and music, namely, by proclaiming [the Word of God] through music and by providing sweet melodies with words.”
Remembering a time of “proclaiming the Word of God through music and sweet melodies with words” during deaf church last week! And to think that 15 years ago, before Signs of Love, these deaf didn’t have “words”!
Thank you to those of you that prayed for our discipleship training this past week! Some highlights were 3 deaf receiving their very own Bibles, lots of adventures and laughing in the rain, learning to use the sword of the Spirit through the memorization of the Word, a baptism in the ocean in the rain, new friendships formed, first time at deaf church, and a special “knighting/commissioning service.” Please continue to pray that all they learned with resinate in their hearts and souls and they would be compelled by the love of Jesus to disciple those in their homes and communities!
Five years ago this young man attended the local special needs school in the city for 6 months before he moved and we lost track of him. We ran into him again a few months ago at a store with his neighbor and got reconnected and he’s been attending our village programs for the past couple months!
Someone once said,
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become you actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
What we think about ourselves, how we identify ourselves, ultimately determines our destiny. For most deaf in rural areas around the world they don’t even know their own name much less the names that Jesus calls them.
Sweet one, as you learn to spell your name for the first time we pray that one day you would also learn that Jesus calls you “chosen”, “blameless”, “renewed”, “a royal daughter of the King”!
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