Basic Sign Language classes offered during the Summer and the month of December. Classes are led by Sabrina Maragelis of Piney Grove Baptist. She is attending Liberty University and is majoring in American Sign Language and Interpreting. What better language than one that allows you to communicate with the Deaf and hearing impaired. There is also an active Deaf Ministry that meets at Wallace First Baptist led by Ben Hilliard.
The statistics are sobering:
§ Nearly 95% of all deaf children have hearing parents and only about 10% of those parents ever learn enough sign language to hold a conversation with their children.
§ Less than 5% of all churches in the United States offer any outreach to Deaf people at all, and it is extremely rare to find a church that offers age appropriate Christian teaching to Deaf kids.
§ Only about 2% of Deaf people have accepted Christ as Lord.
§ Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary language are the largest unreached linguistic-cultural people group in North America.
Here is the truth, as hard as it is for us to admit: The places most people turn to for Christian teaching and spiritual guidance are simply inaccessible to Deaf people.
Parents, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, camp counselors, pastors — and sometimes even “sign language interpreters” — lack the skills to make God’s truths clear and understandable to Deaf children and adults. When there is no clear communication, there is no true access!