The year has started out quite busy. The team is working hard in preparation for an upcoming historical outreach--The DeafNation World Expo--that takes place July 18-23, 2010 in Las Vegas. This will be THE largest, and without a doubt, the most far reaching, yet expensive outreach we've ever been a part of.
One of the most successful evangelistic outreaches through the years has been attending Deaf Expos all over the country where we set up a large booth and share the love of Jesus with the Deaf. We do this by sharing one-on-one about how to know Jesus; and in addition, we give away FREE Gospel Bags. Each Gospel Bag contains a Picture Bible, a Simple English Bible and several tracts. We've given away hundreds of thousands of Bibles and tracts, and as a result thousands of Deaf people have come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.
The biggest evangelistic outreach we've had the opportunity to be involved in, was the Deaf Way ll Conference back in July 2002. Over 9,000 Deaf people were in attendance from all over the world. It was held in Washington, D.C. That truly was historical--being the largest gathering of Deaf people in one location at one time ever. However, the DeafNation World Expo has over 25,000 Deaf people registered from all over the world already beating the Deaf Way II Conference record! The President of DeafNation, Joel Barish, says his goal is to have 50,000 Deaf people attend. This is one evangelistic opportunity that we cannot pass up, and we need your help to make it happen!
We've estimated it's going to cost $20,000 to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime evangelistic opportunity. This will cover the expenses for the thousands of Bibles and tracts we need to purchase for the Gospel Bags. It also includes the cost to ship the Gospel Bags to Las Vegas, registration and booth fees, plus transportation and hotel expenses for the staff. We need a financial miracle to participate in the DeafNation World Expo this July 18-23.
When we decided to participate in Deaf Way ll raising the funds for that evangelistic outreach was one of the biggest challenges we ever faced in this ministry, but our faithful God made it happen! I believe this new evangelistic opportunity before us--which is an even bigger financial challenge than Deaf Way II--is another opportunity for our God to show Himself faithful. When we were planning for Deaf Way ll we had two years to prepare for it. Unfortunately, because I experienced some health issues (I share about that below) we were not able to move forward months ago planning for the DeafNation World Expo as we would have liked. It's going to be quite a challenge to raise $20,000 in just a few months. In the natural this is an almost impossible task, but doesn't the Bible say, "Nothing is impossible with God"?
We are so very excited about this outreach opportunity, and even more so, since my health has been improving. I was very seriously ill with Lyme Disease and was deteriorating quickly. But thank God for leading me to a wonderful Christian doctor in Wichita, Kansas who's been treating me for Lyme Disease. For the first time in several years I finally have energy and my body is healing. I know many people were and continue to pray for me, and I appreciate that so much.
Now that I'm feeling better we are working hard to prepare for the DeafNation World Expo. Unfortunately we're off to a late start, but I believe God wants us there! It's going to be quite a challenge to raise the money we need and to get completely prepared for this Worldwide evangelistic outreach. That's why I've opened my heart to you. This is a very unique opportunity we have to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with thousands of Deaf people from countries throughout the world who will attend.
I believe this is going to be the most important outreach to the Deaf we've ever been involved in. We cannot do this alone. We need many others to join with us if we are going to make this magnificent evangelistic outreach become a reality. Just think of all the Deaf people who will be attending this largest Deaf event ever--from India, Russia, China, Indonesia, Bolivia, Finland, Africa, Mexico, Venezuela and many, many other countries.
If the Lord leads you please pray for us and also seek God about making a donation specified to the "DeafNation Outreach" this month. When making contributions, be sure to write a memo or send a note with the check saying "DeafNation Outreach". All funds designated will go to this historic outreach. Of course, all donations are tax deductible and we will mail a receipt for income tax purposes.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support for this ministry as we continue sending His light and truth to Deaf people everywhere!
We ARE Workers Together,
PS: I need your prayers that God will give me wisdom and favor as I write letters to other ministries, businesses and people who are financially capable of helping with our financial needs for this outreach. Time is short and there's so much work we need to do before DeafNation International Expo begins in July. Thank you!