Annual camp features deaf ‘speaker’

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In what promises to be a unique event, and possibly a first for the South Pacific Division, a presenter who cannot hear or speak will be the featured “speaker” at a fellowship camp.

Pastor Jeff Jordan, who leads the Southern Deaf Fellowship in the US, will be the guest at this year’s Catalina Deaf Camp in late October. Deaf since infancy, Pastor Jordan only speaks American Sign Language (ASL). His wife Melissa will voice what he says.

“ASL is quite different from the Auslan of the Australian Deaf, so he will ASL sign, which will then be voiced, and in turn signed in Auslan for local consumption,” said Lee Dunstan from Christian Services for the Blind and Hearing Impaired (CSFBHI), which is sponsoring his visit.

The Deaf Camp, an annual event, is organised by Logan Reserve church in Queensland, supported by CSFBHI.

Pastor Jordan currently teaches at Southern Adventist University and is an associate coordinator for the General Conference’s Deaf Ministries within its office of Special Needs. He is a qualified instructor of ASL.

Deaf Camp will be held at the Catalina Conference Centre, Rathmines, on Lake Macquarie (NSW), not far from Avondale College, where it is anticipated Pastor Jordan will speak to the student body.

Deaf Camp is open to all Deaf and hard of hearing within the Christian community. For more information, visit

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