Remember, Jesus is with you wherever you are, so talk to Him! ;)
First off, I am a Christian and my heart is to serve God and grow to become more like Jesus Christ everyday. He is my best friend!
I am so grateful for His forgiveness and love.
I went to a Christian school from K-3rd and then was home schooled the rest. Even though none of us are Deaf, God called our family to start a ministry, Blended Fellowship, for the Deaf. At that time, we didn't realize how big the need was for Deaf people to learn about Jesus. We recently found out that of about 36 million Deaf people in America, 98% of do NOT even claim to be a Christian! This is a tragedy. So, we are following God's call to reach out to the Deaf community and hopefully, change those statistics. My heart is definitely in our ministry and I'm so blessed to be the Administrative Assistant at Blended Fellowship! God is so good and I am honored to have the position.
I believe in courtship rather than "casual dating" with the intentions of finding a Godly spouse and life partner. I've never been kissed and plan to save it for my wedding day.
(This article is fantastic! http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2008/9/29/saving-kisses-marriage-faith-based-practice/)
I love dramas, acting, and filming! Being a part of a Deaf ministry means using a lot of visuals, so dramas are a necessity.
I like any kind of animal and currently have five pets, as well as an aquarium with all my aquababies! :)
I'm also a huge fan of Sherwood Pictures (creators of Flywheel and Facing the Giants). All four of their movies are a must-see for everyone!
... one brother, Derek, who is incredible and knows just about everything about computers/technology/media/etc and a sister-in-law, Michelle, whom I love dearly!! They are my role models for courtship purity.
One more thing..... BlimeyCow rocks!! :D
"Wasting Time With God" by Klaus Issler
"Nurturing a Heart of Humility" be Elizabeth George
The Amhearst Mystery books
Facing the Giants
The Chronicles of Narnia
Return to Neverland
National Treasure (& NT2)
Lord of the Rings
The Bourne Trilogy (only with ClearPlay! :-) )
All Disney Pixar movies (although Cars 2 was a little disappointing)
Oh, there are so many! Here are a few tops:
Jars of Clay
Michael W. Smith
& any movie soundtrack!
... oh and just about EVERY Christmas song! :D
FAMILY & LIFESTYLE
Want (more) Children:
Homeschool your children?:
Yes, I plan to homeschool.
PROFESSIONAL & EDUCATIONAL
Homeschooled + Private
Signing and Deaf culture, music, theatre, animals, and movies (especially behind-the-scenes bonus features!).
It IS a huge mission field! Have you ever looked up the statistics for Deaf in the world? It is staggering! (and very sobering when you realize missionaries to the deaf are one of the smallest missionary groups!)
I loved that your dad signed and preached at the same time. I wouldn't mind interpreting for a pastor, but I feel that the way your dad did it is the best way.
I've always loved the whole aspect of acting. When I was little, everyone called me the little "drama queen"! Maybe that is why I enjoy signing so much, it's only about 10% vocabulary and 90% acting!
"Blended Bridges" sounds like a very fun, and very much needed, outreach! A couple years ago, I was hired by a family to teach the entire extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents) basic communication skills so they could communicate with the 9-year-old deaf boy in their family. I had so much fun! One thing that I found almost sad was that Max (the deaf boy) knew signs that pertained to school, but didn't know basic communication skills! I wound up spending time with him before everyone got there, helping him out with signs and with homework (poor guy was STARVED for someone to talk to, and he was the only deaf kid in his school!). I even got to bring him to a magic show performed entirely with Deaf magicians at the deaf school. He had a blast, and I would pay ten times the amount to see his sweet face full of amazement again!
When we first got there, he looked around at all the other kids signing, and looked up at me with big, round eyes. "They/all sign!" he said, and I told him "They/all deaf!" He shook his head with disbelief, and he was held captive the rest of the evening! He even got picked by one of the magicians to help with a magic trick, and I know God did that on purpose, his grandmother told me not too long ago that he STILL talks about that night!
Our family ministry consists of traveling around singing and encouraging families, but I did get to interpret monthly for a deaf man at the nursing home for three years when we went to sing for them. And to think, we used to think he was just a grumpy old man! Come to find out, he was deaf! We went from seeing him sitting rather grumpily in front of the director's office (the director was the only one who knew a little sign language), to being a smiling, happy man who like to pick on EVERYONE!! They even wound up bringing someone in to teach the residents some basic sign language!
Okay, so you thought YOURS was long! I could go on about this for hours!
One thing that I always thought would be neat though, is to do good quality movies for Deaf children done entirely with signs. Sure, we'd have voice overs and music in the background, but it'd be primarily for deaf children. That's a dream I've had for a while. Maybe one day....
Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm pretty new on here.
I was very excited to read about your deaf ministry! Could you share a little more about it? There is a very special place in my heart for Deaf people, and I have actually taken many ASL classes at the Louisiana School for the Deaf when we lived down there. (I was often accused of being the "teacher's pet" because I spent more time with them than the other students!) I loved having Deaf teachers!
I still don't know how God is fully planning on using it in my life, I just know He didn't bless me with the talent for nothing!