WOW! There has been a whirlwind of activity in our lives during these past few months. We started a new website aimed at helping the Deaf to grow in Christ. We launched it on June 1st. You can check it out at deafvitalsigns.com on the internet. We have posted a daily devotional for the Deaf (in Sign Language without voice … a written devotional that matches is underneath the video). We also have a Deaf Bible Study offered with a new Bible Study added each week. We are going to be offering Leadership training for the Deaf later this month. It is exciting and a good bit out of our comfort zone, but it seems to be reaching Deaf that have a great need for a connection to the Word of God. Many Deaf are in area’s that simply do not have a good fundamental church nearby. Even if they have a good church, many do not have a church with a Deaf ministry, or even an interpreter. We are not trying to replace the local church, but to become a support and asset helping them reach the Deaf of their Jerusalem and Judea. We believe this will be a tool that will help us to better fulfill the Great Commission of reaching the “uttermost parts of the earth.” We would appreciate your prayers for this “new” ministry opportunity for us. It will take time and effort, but anything worthwhile does. Nehemiah and the remnant accomplished an incredible task of building a wall in fifty-two days. Pray that we will remain faithful as well!
Words of Wisdom From Ted Camp
Sometimes we take some things for granted. I recently thought about the many who have difficultly in breathing. I then realized how precious it is to breathe. I took a deep breath and said, “Thank You Lord.” Take a deep breath and realize breath means life. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen.2:7). As a newborn babe, you started life with a gasp for breath, and your life will end with a final gasp for breath. Life begins and ends with a gasp for breath. When breath ceases life ceases. “All things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Col.1:16-17). Some scientists told God, “We no longer need you. We can now make man.” God told them to go ahead and do it. The scientists began to scoop some dirt into a mound as God said, “Get your own dirt!” Take a deep breath! It is amazing that breathing is such a naturally unconscious thing to do. You have inhaled and exhaled all your life without even thinking about it. Your breath means life. You have another day. In an average day, you breathe 23,040 times and you inhale 438 cubic feet of air. Your heart beats 103,689 times. Psalm 139:14 reads, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works.” As I took a deep breath, for the first time, I realized that I could not talk as I inhaled. As I talked I then put my hand before my mouth and felt the exhaling of breath. I could only talk as I exhaled. Try it! It is amazing! I had never thought about breathing and talking at the same time. Take a deep breath, and then be thankful as you take another, and then another. As long as you have breath you have life and hope.
Take another deep breath! Realize there could be just a breath between you and death. Know that after your last gasp of breath, you will either be with the Lord or without the Lord (II Cor. 5:8). Take a deep breath and realize you still have time to receive Christ (John 1:12). Take a deep breath. You still have life so make the days ahead the best you have ever known. Do you have breath? If so, then you should praise the Lord. “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD” (Psa. 150:6). Inhale with a deep breath, then as you exhale praise the Lord. Then take another deep breath, and do it again and again! Take another deep breath and be thankful you can do it. These are words of wisdom.
What God has done …
- May 3-4 – We held a Deaf Rally at Bible Baptist Church in Bradenton, FL. We had a great time with some new friends and saw the mother of one of the faithful Deaf men receive Christ! She is 89 year old! Praise God she is on her way to Heaven now!
- May 18-21 – I preached Revival Meetings for Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Denver, PA. Terry and I sang and signed each night, and we had Deaf friends come to each meeting. We had a great time with these dear friends
- May 31 – June 1 – We held a Fantastic Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Southington, CT. Allen Snare flew in to help with this meeting. We had a number of challenges that were out of our control, but God worked in an incredible way. We had more out to this meeting than ever before and saw one Deaf lady saved!
- June 6-8 – I was the main speaker at a Deaf Retreat in Central NY state. It was held at Odosagih Bible Conference. Terry taught the ladies in Sunday School and we had a great time. Good attention to all the preaching times and great fellowship!
- June 9-15 – We spent a week at Faith Baptist in Carver, MA. teaching Sign Language. We ended the week with a DEAF Day Saturday. It was a blessing to see the Lord working in lives. I preached in the morning in their service and one young man was saved!
- June 16-19 – We were able to take a break with our Valley Forge Baptist church family to celebrate our 30th anniversary! Great preaching and a real time of refreshing for us. We needed to come apart so we would not come apart!
- June 29 – I had the opportunity to preach at our home church in the evening service. What a blessing!
Where we are going …
- July 7, 28 – We are teaching Sign Language at Mt. Zion Baptist in Ephrata.
- July 21-24 – We will be teaching workshops at the National Sword of the Lord Conference in Walkertown, NC in the afternoon sessions
- July 26-27 – We will be holding a Fantastic Saturday meeting at Harvest Baptist Church in Natrona Heights, PA on Saturday and then preaching in the morning service on the 27th.
- July 27 – We will be giving a report to one of our faithful supporting churches in an afternoon service in Windy Gap.
- Aug 2-5 – We will take part in the Laurel Hill Gospel Tabernacle Missions Conference in Boswell, PA area.
- Aug 7-9 – We will help with American Sign Language Institute meeting in our home church.
- Aug 10 – I will preach in the evening service at Valley Forge Baptist Temple.
- Aug 11, 25 – We will teach Sign at Mt. Zion Baptist in Ephrata, PA.
- Aug 17-22 – We will attend the annual SWM Mission Board meeting in TN. The end of this week is set aside for our Executive Operating Board meeting.
Thanks for your faithfulness in praying for us and these needs specifically. We have seen God’s hand in the past, and we need it to be in these days ahead as well.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
As a mother and grandmother, I know there are days that we can become weary in our responsibilities with our children. “Stop fighting!” “Don’t talk with that tone of voice!” “Be kind!” “Obey!” All these are very important as we teach them daily. But we may become weary, thinking we are not making a difference.
The same is true for us in our Christian lives. God continually warns us about things that will pull our hearts away from Him. “Be truthful!” “Don’t argue with each other!” “Be kind!” “Stay away from the temptations of the world!” But do we always obey Him? No!
Praise the Lord for His mercies that are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Praise God for His patience and long-suffering attitude toward us (Psalm 145:8). Don’t become weary of your children or with yourself. Confess your sins and ask the Lord to help you to go on for Him. Don’t quit! You are making a difference! Life is not easy. You need to take one step at a time, and daily seek His face to help you. In the right time you will reap the harvest and receive the prize for all your faithful service to the Lord!
Don’t quit, give up, or stop!
Just like each of you reading this today, we face challenges in our personal lives. I know that many of you think that a pastor or missionary is so spiritual that they do not face the same difficulties you face. That is not true!
We have struggles in our personal lives just like you do in yours. We have burdens we carry about our family members just like you do. We are not exempt from challenges, burdens, difficulties and defeat simply because we are missionaries.
We have bills … just like you. We have health issues … just like you. We are lazy in our private time with the Lord at times … just like you. Gas is expensive for us … just like you. We sometimes are tired and want to stay home and miss church … just like you.
The difference between some of you and us is that we still need to stand up and represent the Lord in front of a group of people. The folks we are standing in front of have had rough weeks too, and they are depending on us to have a message for them from God.
I guess what I’m trying to say “From my desk” this month, is that we need your prayers to be able to do what God has called us to do. We often feel like Moses standing before the burning bush and asking God why anyone would listen to anything we have to say?
The good news for us is that the same great “I AM” that sent Moses to stand for Him in Egypt is our God today! We don’t go representing ourselves; but Him. We don’t share our message; we share His! We don’t save one person; He saves them all! We don’t convict one person of sin; His Holy Spirit does that work!
The joy we have is that we have seen God do some incredible things when we are at our weakest point! We have watched God change lives and mend families and save souls, and rescue marriages!
We serve and awesome God! I want to leave you with this thought from my desk … it’s not about me … it’s all about Him! I cannot do one thing in myself to affect the life of another; but God working through me can do incredible things. He wants to work through you today. Surrender …
True and Funny Ministry Story
Working with the Deaf has been one of the most amazing things I have ever done. It is also one of the most humbling experiences I think I have ever been a part. I remember some of the humbling lessons I learned early in my ministry with the Deaf. I want to share two of them with you.
The first came when I was talking with a Deaf friend. I signed that I was “so hungry I could eat a horse.” I signed this to my friend, and they looked at me and with disgust on their face signed back, “You eat horse???” I quickly joined the disgusted face group, and signed, “No, I don’t eat horse!” I discovered that day that Deaf people communicate very literally. They say what they mean, and they mean what they say.
The second story I will share, is slightly funny, but mostly embarrassing. I was speaking to the same Deaf friend and was struggling to remember a sign. I decided that I would make up a sign to show what I meant. As soon as I did my “invented” sign, the face of my friend turned bright red. She looked at me and signed very small (like whispering) … “You signed a curse word.” I apologized and asked what I had signed. She told me that she could not tell me! I learned that day that “inventing” signs is not safe, or a good idea. It’s funny now, but was embarrassing and humbling at the time!
We just had an incredible graduation ceremony with our entire family in attendance. Our two oldest granddaughters, Rylie and Maya have completed their kindergarten year! Keira and Cailyn will start kindergarten this year.
What a joy it was for Terry and I to be with our entire family in one place. With schedules differing and activities happening, it is increasingly hard to all come together at one time in one place. It was a special day for Terry and me to watch our children and their children having a great time of fellowship together.
I realize that not everyone can enjoy this kind of family fun. We are thankful to God for His mercies toward us and for His work in our lives and the lives of our kids and grandkids. We enjoy the common bond of the blood of Jesus Christ, and it helps us to handle our differences in a unique way. That is not to say that we do not have challenges. We certainly do, but love conquers all. Our grandsons are all growing fast and are very active! What a blessing to see them blossom into the young men they will become. All in all, we count ourselves highly blessed by God. We want to faithfully pray for our family and hope you will pray for yours as well.
Because of your prayer and financial support, we are thankful,
and committed to minister to the Deaf on your behalf until the Lord returns.
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