Summer is a time when the green grass of spring can turn brown. Flowers that were once alive with color can wilt and some die. Creek beds that were alive with rushing water in the spring can become small trickles of water barely making it down the hills in the heat of summer. It is interesting, but sad in some ways that the vibrancy of spring-time cannot be kept for a longer time period. There are different blessings for different times of the year; and there are different challenges during those times as well. It is also sad when we see Deaf ministries, or solid churches that were once alive and growing, wane and fade like the grass and flowers of spring. It seems today across our country that there is a growing dearth of solid Bible teaching/preaching in our churches. As a result of this lack of solid and consistent Bible teaching/preaching, the pursuit of the Great Commission seems to be suffering. Ted Camp has often said, “There is no work of God without the Word of God.” I want to encourage you to re-commit yourself to honest and consistent study of the Word of God in your personal life. I want to challenge you to make sure that your Deaf ministry focuses on the Word of God, and not on anything other than the Word of God. If you will commit yourself to exalting the Word of God, He will put His power on your ministry. He will keep your ministry alive and growing like the flowers of the spring time.
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM DR. TED CAMP
“He came unto his own (Jews), and his own received him not. But as many (all people) as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” “For God so loved the world (all people), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever (all people) believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 1:12). “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). No man (includes you) can come to the Father unless the Son is with him. Illustration: What if you wanted to visit the king? You travel far and finally reach the gate to the palace. A wall separates you from the king. You inform the guard you have come to see the king. He informs you that you are not on the appointment list. You ask how you can make an appointment. He tells you that information is classified and that someone must invite you. You state that no one knows you. He replies then you will not be invited. You sadly stand outside the wall, then suddenly a young man who heard your request and notices your disappointment bids you to come with him. He says to the guard, “It’s alright – he’s with me.” The young man takes you past security to the closed doors of the king. Then again, he says to the guards, “It’s alright – he’s with me.” Closed doors are quickly opened. In awe, you enter the throne room. As you approach, the king says, “Come on in, my son, and who is this that is with you?” The son says, “It’s alright – he’s with me.” The king then asks, “Well, what can I do for you?” You then realize the reason you met the king is because you were with His Son. The Son gave you access to the Father. Eph 2:18, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” The Son broke down the wall of separation. Eph 2:14. “For he is our peace…and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” The Son is also your one mediator between you and God (1 Tim. 2:5). This means no man can come unto God without the Son. So, today, if you want to meet the Heavenly Father, you must do it through and with the Son. As you enter the throne room with Him, closed doors will open, and He can say, It’s alright Father, he’s with me.” With Him you can boldly enter into the throne of grace and find help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). He is always with us today, and then one day life will end, and as we approach Heaven’s gate, the Son could again say, “Its alright – he’s with me.”
What God has done …
May 2-3—We held a DEAF Day at Bible Baptist Church in Bradenton, FL. I preached Sunday morning and we saw 2 saved
May 17—We attended the tenth anniversary at Tri-State Baptist in Thompson, CT. I had the honor of speaking in that service.
May 23-24—We held a Fantastic Saturday at Harvest Baptist in Natrona Heights, PA. We saw 1 saved during the meeting, and 1 saved after preaching in church on Sunday.
May 29-30—I helped interpret a Men’s Conference at Greater Rhode Island Baptist Temple in Johnston, RI.
Jun 6—We held a Fantastic Saturday at Northport Baptist / Island Christian on Long Island, NY. Had 92 attend, and 4 were saved
Jun 14-17—We were able to attend the Leadership Conference at Lancaster Baptist Church in CA. We had a great time of refreshing and renewal.
Where we are going …
July 5— I filled the pulpit at Calvary Bible Church in Phoenixville, PA. We saw 2 people saved!
July 6-10—We will teach Sign Language at Grace of Calvary Baptist in Erie, PA
July 12—I will preach at First Baptist in Butler, PA. in both morning and afternoon services.
July 14—I have the privilege of preaching at Chester County Prison.
July 17-19—We will be teaching Sign Language and holding meetings for the Deaf at Trinity Baptist in Moscow, Maine.
Aug 6-8—We will help with American Sign Language Institute and the Deaf Bible Conference at our home church—Valley Forge Baptist Temple with Jon and Diane Barr and Allen Snare.
Aug 11—I have the privilege of preaching at Chester County Prison.
Aug 16—We have an Executive Operating Board Meeting prior to our Annual Silent Word Ministries Missionary Retreat
Aug 17-19—We will attend our SWM Missionary Retreat in Tennessee. We will share the responsibilities of sharing in the challenges to our missionary team.
Aug 20-21—We will attend our Executive Operating Board meeting for planning for future ministry. Please pray for us as we chart the course for the future of SWM.
Aug 23—I will preach at Graterford Prison in PA.
These dates and meetings may appear to simply be an itinerary, but they represent ministries and opportunities that may never come again. We list these meetings because we are dependent on the power of God if anything is going to be accomplished. There are times that we are tired and feel as though we would rather stay home and rest. It is at times like this that we need the encouragement of prayer warriors. It is at times like this that we must realize the importance of grasping every opportunity to make a difference in a single person’s life. It is times like this that we realize that the need is far beyond us, but we thank God for the chance to do what we do for the glory of God! Thank you for praying!
As I sit here at my desk, am thinking about a verse I read this week. “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8). There is nothing so exciting as being in the center of God’s will and watching God do things that you only dreamed about happening. I know that I am extremely honored to be in the ministry.
Not only is it thrilling to be in the center of God’s will, but it is amazing to have the “law” of God in our own language! I thank God for the privilege of serving Him to help reach the Deaf world with the Gospel! I am so thankful that I have the honor of taking the things God is teaching me every day and sharing them with the Deaf that we meet all around the world.
I am constantly reminded of my frailties, and my inabilities on a regular basis. I know that I do not deserve to have the Gospel for my own soul, but I am equally undeserving of the chance to take the truths of Scripture and share them with others. Each opportunity to preach, teach, or share our burden for the Deaf is an honor that we do not deserve.
I really do delight to do the will of God. I love to see the look that comes to the face of a Deaf person that is seeing the Bible stories and truths for the very first time. There are many Hearing people that easily become bored with the wonderful truths that we have in our Bibles. In the case of many Deaf, they have never had the opportunity to see these stories even one time.
I don’t know what God has given you to do, but I know that if you will give your heart to it, you too can delight in the will God has for you! The uniqueness of each part of the body of Christ, means that each of us has something very special to do that will benefit every other member of the body. Don’t think that you are insignificant, or that your part in this body is unimportant.
I hope you will thank God for what He has gifted and called you to do for Him. Realize that we all are designed to function together for the good of the entire body of Christ! What an exciting thing to serve the King of all kings!
From A Woman’s Perspective – Terry Bracelin
As a woman, I want to encourage all of you ladies to read your Bible daily. Wow! God’s Word speaks to me every day! I need Him to talk to me and show me what He has for me to do, to learn, to be encouraged, and to be corrected. I need it all. Proverbs 1:23 says, “Turn you at My reproof; behold, I will pour out My spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you.” God wants to have fellowship with you and me. As soon as you turn to Him, He will pour out His spirit on you.
Daily I need Him to do this for me. Each morning I wake up and thank Him for a good nights rest, a bed to sleep in, the ability to get out of bed, and a new day. There are many other things to thank Him for as well. These are just a few that I am grateful for each day. Every day is a gift from the Lord, so I ask Him to help me to please Him for that day. I ask Him to use me to make a difference for Him. It doesn’t matter what you are doing or where you are going; God can use you! I need wisdom when I am watching our grandchildren, when I am talking with friends, or when talking to our children (who are adults now).
Go through your day with the Creator and Giver of that day. He wants to help you, just ask Him. “… yet ye have not, because ye ask not …” (James 4:2). Be ready to see God do amazing things for you!
TRUE AND FUNNY MINISTRY STORY
I love to hunt deer with a bow and arrows. I met a Deaf man that lived near Pittsburgh, PA who also loved deer hunting with bow and arrows. We had meetings in the church they were attending during hunting season one fall. He encouraged me to bring my bow with me and he and I would go hunting together.
I was excited, and brought my clothing and bow along with me to the meeting. We arrived at the church for a week of meetings, and my friend and I decided which day we would hunt together. The plan was for me to meet him at his house before dawn, and he would lead me to the place that we hunt.
I had no idea where I was, and was totally dependent on him to help me out. I followed him into the woods (of course, it was before dawn, so it was completely dark). Just before we were to separate, he looked at me and signed, “Try to hide … we don’t have permission to hunt here.”
I was never so nervous in all my time of hunting in the woods. I was looking more for other people than I was for a deer to come. I spent the entire morning praying that the owners of the property would not find me. Later I laughed as I thought about the situation. I was glad that no one caught me being illegal! We never did see a deer either!
BRACELIN FAMILY NEWS
I wanted to give you the latest picture of Terry and me with our grandchildren. We are so thankful for each one of our eight grandchildren. We have four girls and four boys. God gave us the four girls first, and the last four, boys. Each one of them is so unique and special. Each of the children holds a special place in our heart. Each brings a special gift from God. Each fills a part of our heart that would be empty without them. We welcomed our fourth grandson (Jesse and Monica’s) when Gavin Patrick was born on our son Patrick’s birthday, March 20, 2015. He is in Terry’s arm in the picture to the right. We thank God for each of these precious blessings to our family. God blessed us with four wonderful children, and now these eight wonderful grandchildren. We are truly blessed by God and would not trade any of them for the world. Oh … wait … one more coming in Dec! Lawrence and Amanda are expecting our ninth!
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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