It is with a great deal of excitement that we can now announce that the long-awaited launch of the new internet Hope Channel Deaf is a reality! It is a historical mark in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s ministry to have a channel “with”, “for” and “by” the Deaf. Given the past, it is almost unbelievable that this moment has come. Featured in this Internet channel are programs captioned or signed in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and German. There are four categories of programs: Nature, Family, Bible, and Health. The channel can be found at: www.hopechanneldeaf.org
So many have worked hard to make this day possible—the financial grant from Versacare, the past and present moral and technical support of Hope Channel (including Stimme der Hoffnung), the Deaf members themselves, the division Deaf/Special Needs Ministry leaders, and scores of others who have pressed forward to reach out to this marginalized and unreached people group. It is clearly the providence of God that has opened so many doors to make this announcement possible.
I would be remiss if I did not specifically express my personal appreciation and admiration for the work of Amanda Colgan. Amanda is deaf. She has worked diligently as an adviser and has provided much needed technical support. She, and other Deaf members, will serve as overseers of the new Hope Channel Deaf making sure that the content is especially geared towards the interests and needs of the Deaf. She will continue as the web content manager of the ADMI, Adventist Deaf Ministries International website (www.AdventistDeaf.org). Amanda and Pastor Jeff Jordan, my Honorary Assistant for Deaf Ministries, represent and symbolize the much-needed gifts that exist among the Deaf to reach out to the vast global Deaf population. Only 2 to 4% of this group are Christian.
We ask that you please share this information with those who are Deaf and those who work with the Deaf. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.
-- Larry R Evans, D.Min.
Assistant to the President for Deaf and Special Needs Ministries
[Deaf, Blind, Orphans, those with Physical & Mental Challenges and Caregivers]
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
All are gifted, needed, and treasured.