Flowers are blooming … trees are budding … those things that seemed to be dead all winter, are springing into life! I was reminded that none of the beauty we see in those flowers and trees would be possible if a seed had not been dropped in the ground a long time ago. It reminded me that some of the results we long to see may not come for a very long time. We like to see immediate results from our prayers as soon as they have left our lips. We like to see immediate results from spiritual disciplines we begin as well. Very often, like the flowers and trees that are dormant for the winter months, our spiritual results may not be seen for a while either. I need to be patient with the Lord and the work He is trying to do in my life. I need to wait for answers rather than plowing ahead without the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Be encouraged by the beautiful flowers you see. Take heart that those buds that are appearing on the trees will result in leaves and fruit later. God has a process that nature follows, and it is the same in our spiritual lives. Those you might be discipling may not show the fruit immediately but if you are consistent, it will come in due time. The spiritual results you want to see in your own life will eventually come if you will continue to water and fertilize the soil of your heart and soul. God is patient and will not give up on us until He has completed the work in us that He desires. Ask God to help you to endure long enough to produce the beauty and the fruit He desires to show the world through you.
Words of Wisdom from Dr. Ted Camp
Love can have many meanings. God loves me. I love God. One love is a holy love and the other is human love. I can say, “I love my: wife, children, family, friends, church, ministry, and fried chicken. Some may not love what I love. Love is a verb that shows action. Love must be given, not taken. How much does God love you? “For God so loved the world (you), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever (you) believeth in him should not perish (in Hell), but have everlasting life (In Heaven)” (John 3:16). I can understand why I love God, but I cannot understand why He loves me. There are times that I don’t love me. The Lord loves with an agape unconditional love that requires no conditions or requirements. There is not one thing I can do to make God love me more or less. God does not see my sin, but He sees His Son in my place (I John 5:12). God loves because God is love. If God did not love He would cease being God (1 John 4:8;16). His love, grace, and peace passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). Frederick Lehman defines the love of God, “The love of God is greater far; Than tongue or pen can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star; And reaches to the lowest hell… O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure; Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made; Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above; Would drain the ocean dry; Nor could the scroll contain the whole; Though stretched from sky to sky.” It is not amazing that I love God, but it is amazing that God loves me and you. Dear friend, At this time you may feel alone, unloved, hopeless, abandoned, neglected, and forsaken, but God loves you. He promises never to leave or forsake you – Never! (Heb. 13:5). Now, say it aloud, “GOD loves ME.” Say it over and over again, “GOD loves ME.” Ask, “How do I know?” Answer, “The Bible tells me so.” “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1John 4:10). On the cross the Lord can widely stretch His arms and say, “I love you this much.” He became our sacrifice and substitute for sin. His love is past understanding, unmeasurable, unalterable, unbroken, undaunted, undeniable, undetermined, unmatched, unequaled, unmerited, unusual, unfailing, unfathomable, unique, unwavering, and unearned. Remember, God’s love is only limited by your free-will. He will not force you to love Him. It is your choice! You can receive or reject His eternal love (John 1:12). You can say, “yes” or “no.” No choice is still a choice. Open your heart and let Him love you. Do not reject the best love you will ever know. God loves you, and you, and you, and even you!
What God has done…
Mar 5-6 — We held our first Fantastic Saturday of the year at Greater Rhode Island Baptist Temple. We had a very good meeting with 5 Deaf saved on Saturday, and 5 Hearing saved on Sunday! WOW! God is so good to us!
Mar 11 — Jim shared the Gospel at a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at our home church. We saw 7 saved at this meeting! Open hearts and eager ears! Great combination!
Mar 19 — We both were able to take part in the church service at Somerset Prison in central PA. We sang and Jim preached. We saw 7 saved here!
Mar 21-22 — We traveled to Appalachian Bible College in West VA. We set up a table and were able to speak in a class for one hour challenging the students to consider serving the Deaf. We were also able to meet with the Head of the Missions Dept. and the President of the college. We have been invited to return for their Missions Conference in the fall. The Lord is opening doors.
Mar 29 — April 4 — We flew to Nova Scotia, Canada with Allen Snare. We had Deaf Revival meetings Wednesday—Friday. We held a FS on Saturday, and preached morning and evening on Sunday. We had a great meeting there with Bud and Jenna Ring. They are planning to begin official deputation in May. We praise the Lord for their part on our SWM team!
Apr 12 — Jim preached at Chester County Prison and saw 12 ladies trust Christ in the two services. What a blessing to see folks so hungry for the Word of God!
Apr 16-17 — We held a FS meeting at Arlington Baptist in Baltimore, MD. We had a great turnout for the first meeting there, and had a great Sunday preaching and singing morning and evening. God really blessed with a great spirit among the folks and we enjoyed getting to know this new ministry.
Where we are going …
Apr 30 — May 1 — We will be holding a FS at Bible Baptist Church in Bradenton, FL. Jim will preach Sunday morning as well.
May 4 — We will be presenting our work at Bible Baptist Church in West Chester, PA for their children’s program. May 15 — We are presenting our work at Beacon Baptist Church near Pittsburgh, PA.
May 17— Jim is scheduled to preach at Chester County Prison.
May 28-29 — We will be holding classes on soul-winning and Deaf ministry on Saturday and preaching on Sunday morning at Regular Baptist Church in Smethport, PA.
Jun 4-5 — We will hold a FS at Calvary Baptist in Hanson, MA and preaching on Sunday.
Jun 12-18 — We will fly to Lancaster Baptist Church in California for Spiritual Leadership meetings.
Jun 21 — Jim will preach at Chester County Prison.
I was blessed to go to the barber shop yesterday and meet up with one of our supporters. He asked me very specific questions from the information in this section of our newsletter. He is a blessing, and each of you who prays for these things are also a blessing to us.
From A Woman’s Perspective – Terry Brcelin
On Dec. 5, 2015 I was delighted when our daughter, Amanda, and her husband, Lawrence, called and told me that they were on their way to the hospital. When we arrived, they asked me if I would be in their room for the delivery. I was overwhelmed! This would be the first child I would see born! It brought back memories of when our children were born. Each one was so different and special. Becoming a mom is an awesome responsibility. When you have that little one in your arms, you may be saying, “I’m not ready; I’m not qualified.” It is only by God’s grace and with His help that we can care for these precious gifts given to us by Him. As our children were little and growing up, I never really understood the emotions my parents were going through; seeing their little girl becoming a mother! Now our girls are grown up and married. They all have children and I am now a grandmother. I am still a mom too. There are many times they call with questions and concerns. They still need their mom at times! Being a mom is a joy and privilege. Daily I thank the Lord for all four of our children. I thank the Lord for the nine grandchildren He has given us. I realize that as our children have grown, so have my responsibilities. As a “Mammy,” there are now nine precious lives that are looking up to me. I thank God for the blessings, but ask Him for wisdom to live godly! I am so thankful for my Mom. Hug your Mom today and thank her for loving you.
From My Desk To Your Heart
Opening my heart—for the Deaf World—Jim Bracelin
As the seasons change so quickly, I am reminded that time marches on quicker than we can imagine. The opportunities we had yesterday may be gone, and those we have today will be gone just as quickly. We have opened doors in front of us for ministry like we have never seen before.
I believe Jesus will be returning very soon. I have three fears today as I think about the brevity of time left for us to serve. First, I fear failing God in these latter days. I want to remain faithful all the way through my days until the Rapture or my death. Second, I fear that I will be sitting back relaxing when Christ returns. Third, I fear that I will miss opportunities to give the Gospel to someone the Lord wants to join His family. I do not believe that God cannot save people without me. I fear not enjoying the blessing of seeing God move and work in their heart.
From where I sit at my desk, I am very much aware of the multiple opportunities that God has given me that are far beyond what I ever imagined. I have seen God open incredible doors of opportunity for us in our ministry that are so far beyond what I could even picture.
We are enjoying incredible opportunities for Fantastic Saturday meetings in new places, and in new churches. These are all-day long meetings that include preaching, singing, games, and gifts. The most important things we do are presenting the Gospel, and challenging Deaf to serve!
We have seen God richly bless our on-line ministry in ways that expand our vision, and outreach. God continues to work well outside our comfort zone in incredible ways.
We have seen God open doors for prison ministry. No, I am not full-time in this, but have regular opportunities through our home church, and sister churches to be able to be involved.
Terry has had opportunities to serve in our home church’s Christian School as a substitute teacher and a tutor for a hard-of-hearing young man. We continue to lead our Deaf ministry, and to travel to help other churches with their Deaf ministries.
Thank you for praying for us in the opportunities. We are honored to serve the Lord. This is no time for sitting back and relaxing. Today is the time to work … for the night is coming when no man will work!
From the Desk of the Director of Outreach
Recently Ted Camp (founder and director of Silent Word Ministries) recorded the four defining moments in the history of SWM. He began by telling about a missionary coming to the church where he was the pastor. This missionary, Clifford Smith, brought Deaf to their church and interpreted for a week of meetings. Ted Camp thought that Clifford had brought “his” Deaf to church, but found out that they lived in that town.
Their church learned Sign Language and began a Deaf ministry. One of the first Deaf men saved during those early days signed the song, “More About Jesus” and God used that to break the heart of Ted Camp for teaching the Deaf more about Jesus.
Ted then began to write a newspaper for the Deaf called “The Silent Word.” This year marks fifty years of the publication of that newspaper. The original “run” of the newspaper was a grand total of fifty papers. Today we publish 12,000 every two months. We have seen God expand this ministry far beyond Ted and Carlene’s original vision. The newspaper covers America, Canada, and many other countries.
I would ask you to consider a one-time 50th Anniversary gift to SWM for the newspaper. If you are interested, write you check to SWM and just write “Newspaper” in the memo section of your check. It will be a blessing to many and carry on the original dream!
BRACELIN FAMILY NEWS
This is the most recent picture we took at Easter. We praise the Lord for our children, and grandchildren (and Jim’s Dad in this picture). God is good to us and we celebrate the family He has given us. You see from left to right: Patrick & Mary; Tristan, Jamie, Dave, Maya, and Cailyn; Aiden, Jesse, Kiera, Monica, Rylie, Carson (Jim’s dad); Terry, Jim, Gavin (Jesse and Monica’s son); Amanda, Layla (Loretta) and Lawrence. God has blessed us with four children; four wonderful in-laws; nine grandchildren; and a great father! Thank you, Lord!
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