Local church wins grant for hearing impaired

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Logan, Queensland

Logan Reserve Adventist church has been awarded the Christian Services for the Blind and Hearing Impaired (CSFBHI) ministry’s Personal Pursuit and Empowerment Scholarship (PPES) grant for 2015. 

. . . we hope to reach deaf people for Christ who may otherwise have no opportunity, or very little opportunity, to hear the gospel message.

CSFBHI manager Lee Dunstan said the grant of $A2000 will support the church’s comprehensive, integrated outreach to an often ignored demographic, the Deaf.

CSFBHI—funded from donations and a biannual offering—provides a range of services to the sight and hearing impaired.

The Logan Reserve church initiative is driven by its Personal Ministries coordinator, Mark Davey. “Our church’s long-term intention is to share the gospel message with deaf people in our local community through Auslan-interpreted church programs, and also in the wider Auslan/NZSL community by placing interpreted programs on our YouTube channel,” he said. “In this way we hope to reach deaf people for Christ who may otherwise have no opportunity, or very little opportunity, to hear the gospel message.”
 

L-R: Mark Davey, Jayde Perry, and Pastor Neil Tyler.

The ministry now has a comprehensive online presence, on YouTube—SDA Deaf Church Down Under, where signed videos are available—and on a website <www.sdadeafdu.org>, which provides information on its services and contact details. The ministry is planning a camp at Natural Bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland in October with General Conference deaf ministries coordinator Pastor Larry Evans.

Previous PPES awards went to a blind young person training for independent living and the Eyes for India sight restoration project operated by It Is Written Oceania.

“It’s my pleasure to this year award an amazing ministry team—the whole Logan church membership and its pastor—helping us to address the needs of the Deaf, better balancing the ministry service. Well done Logan Reserve,” Mr Dunstan said.

Information about the award (and the wider CSFBHI services) is available at <www.adventist.org.au/csfbhi>.