Just imagine not having a local church you could attend each week. How would you grow spiritually? For many Deaf people, this is a reality, because they live in isolated areas where no Deaf church or interpreted services are available.
That’s why Deaf Missions is providing a new ministry on the Internet beginning in June, 2007. This new ministry is called LINK: ASL Sermon Series. Sermons will be presented weekly in sign language via streaming video on a new website owned by Deaf Missions — http://www.linkasl.com.
Now Deaf people will be able to “link” with Jesus and with solid Bible teaching in their natural language—ASL. Skilled and experienced Deaf preachers will each present a series of four or five messages on a particular Bible passage or theme. Every month, a new series will be webcast, with a new sermon in the series posted each week.
The sermons, which will be about 15 minutes in length, will include passages from The Bible: ASL Translation, graphics and other elements to enhance learning. Viewers may also download PDF files of discussion questions in English over each sermon to use for further study or for group study. A PDF file of the English manuscript also will be available. In addition, viewers may subscribe to free downloads of the sermons in ASL for their iPod, Windows Media Player or H.264, with a choice of file sizes.
Past sermons for the month and some former series of sermons will also be archived on the website, so visitors may watch previous messages. After a series has been shown on the Internet, those sermons will be made available on DVD for purchase from Deaf Missions’ online store. Viewers may order the DVDs directly from the LINK website.
In late April and May, six Deaf and hearing preachers will be videotaped in Deaf Missions’ new studio, using the high definition video equipment we recently purchased. They include Chad Entinger of Deaf Missions, José Abenchuchan (Jacksonville, FL), Mark Lowenstein (Fairfax, VA), Rick McClain (Birmingham, AL), Jeff Jackson (Bakersfield, CA) and Dave Borgaila (Council Bluffs, IA). Their sermons will be webcast throughout the rest of 2007, beginning with four sermons by Chad Entinger in June.
LINK: ASL Sermon Series will be a great resource for individuals and groups. Check out www.linkasl.com during the first week of June for the premiere of this exciting new program.