December 2015 Prayer Letter

December 2015
Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Silent Word Ministries!

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary
his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

– Matthew 2:11

At Jesus’ birth He was worshipped with gifts. The wise men brought their treasures. They presented precious gifts to our Lord. Each year it has been a tradition in our family to read Luke 2:1-20 and offer thanks to Lord before opening our gifts to each other. At that time we recognize the fact that we give because He gave. Our “Christmas” gifts to each other are a small example of God’s great love to us and all mankind.

It is an honor to be your missionaries, carrying the great message of God’s Good News to the Deaf world. Thank you for your prayers, support, and special gifts for SWM and SWM missionaries this year. Our policy is to “build as the Lord provides.” We only ask for help when there is a need. Often God has met our needs before we ask. One person called to offer used computers. Now SWM volunteers have an office computer they can use. Other times we make the need known and wait. Every time there has been a need, it has been met. Praise the Lord with us….

c2c tommy-pardue van

Picture #1 – Tommy Pardue (R) and crew replaced two sets of steps for SWM buildings. SWM appreciates friends who help make our ministry possible. Thank You!

Picture #2 – Forrest Hills @ Mountain View Baptist Church (Pastor Keith Hamilton) donated their old church van to be used for local errands and trash runs. Allen Snare & Jimmy Sharpton drove it to SWM. Thanks!

Picture #3 – David Bennett (SWMI) films his new series Creation to Christ for minimal language Deaf people in SWM’s Baker Video Studio. View videos at: www.SWMI.org/c2c

Each of these pictures represents gifts and sacrifice. When the steps needed to be replaced, a gift for $2,300 arrived before we asked. The van was donated and there was an undesignated gift to help with registration. The Baker Studio is constantly improving, thanks to gifts. Many have sent gifts to help SWM missionaries at Christmas time. Others have sent $5 or $10 in addition to their regular missionary support to help with the SWM. Thank you!

Thank you for investing in and praying for SWM as we go into all the Deaf world for Christ.

For Deaf Souls,

Jon Barr

Jon Barr

Jon and Diane Barr have been missionaries into the Deaf world since 1984. In addition, Jon Barr serves as president of Silent Word Ministries in Trenton, Georgia. Diane serves as bookkeeper. Together, they conduct area-wide deaf ministry Fantastic Saturdays, ASL Institute training, write for the Silent Word Newspaper and other SWM materials, and serve on the SWM Executive Operating Board.

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