The Mississippi Baptist Conference of the Deaf gathered recently at Garaywa Camp & Conference Center in worship and fellowship.
The Sept. 29–Oct. 1 event was organized by the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board’s multicultural ministries.
Deaf and hearing brothers and sisters in Christ came together under the leadership of guest speaker Nathan Hill, pastor of Agape Deaf Baptist Church in Georgia, who preached on the theme, “Do You Know God?” With hands in harmony, 106 men and women praised God Sunday morning, led by worship leader and international missionary, Peter Dublin.
Fifty-three interpreters-in-training attended the Interpreter Workshop to sharpen their skills through the instruction of Bill Ross, vice president of Hands Up Communications.
New faces, relationships
In a room full of reunions, Phyllis Smith, a deaf attendee and member of Pinelake Church, signed, “(This conference) is just a good experience of fellowship. Just to learn from these different pastors along the way has really inspired me. (I look forward) to improving the best that I can in spiritual faith.”
Treasurer of the MBCD Board since 2011, Ryan McDonald, a deaf member of Pinelake Church, started a deaf ministry at Pinelake. “(The conference) has started different relationships,” McDonald expressed, “of course with God, and then with other people, just to have that fellowship and to meet new and old people, just to have that introduction — just to know their faces.”
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