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Deaf in North Africa/Middle East form region's 1st deaf church
NORTHERN AFRICA (BP) -- It was the loudest noise 5-year-old Tobutu* had ever heard.
And then he never heard anything else again.
When the explosions of civil war came to Tobutu's African town, they claimed his father, mother, brothers and sisters -- and his hearing. He cried himself to sleep for months in a refugee camp in Sudan, alone and unable to communicate with anyone.
He learned to steal to eat and, over time, to feed his drug addiction. He eventually moved to the Middle East and along the way learned sign language." There are many places where the Deaf continue to live without a witness for Christ" -- Doc DouglasBut it would be nearly three decades before Tobutu learned the sign that would change his life -- "Jesus." He then learned the sign for "baptism" and wanted to show the world his new life in Jesus Christ.
Tobutu and 21 other Deaf were baptized in the sea and have now formed the first known Deaf church in North Africa and the Middle East.
"There was no fire from heaven, no battle with a giant, no plagues and no opening of the sea like with the miracles that happened in biblical times in the same area. Yet God displayed His miraculous power there once again," said Doc Douglas*, who is familiar with work among the Deaf people of Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Deaf believers exist in other countries in the region but have not yet formed communities of faith, Douglas said.
"We are hoping to train Deaf from several countries next year, so they can plant churches in their own countries," he said. "Deaf people are usually shut out from a lot of information, so learning new things, even about Christianity, is usually of interest. I have found a lot of responsiveness."
Many Deaf people have yet to see the name of Jesus signed, Douglas said.
"There are places where there may be [hearing] churches, but the Deaf have no idea who the 'dead man on a cross' really is," he said. "There are places where the majority of the Deaf live in deep spiritual darkness. The area of Northern Africa and the Middle East, where a plethora of Bible stories took place, remains one of the most spiritually dark places on the globe." Read More
Fritz Wilson named NAMB DR exec. director
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Fritz M. Wilson, disaster relief and recovery team strategist for the Florida Baptist Convention since 2006, has been named executive director of the North American Mission Board's disaster relief team. Read More
'Tension exists' because of military gay policy
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The military's revised policy on homosexuality has definitely produced stress for chaplains and service members, Southern Baptists' lead chaplain told a Washington, D.C., audience. Read More
Christian comic producer reacts to DC Comics announcement of gay Green LanternLEESBURG, Fla. (BP) -- In light of DC Comics revelation that it will re-launch one of its oldest superheroes as a gay man, a Christian comic company has pledged to continue to produce content with a biblical worldview. DC Comics said it would re-launch the original Green Lantern (Alan Scott) as a gay man in the "Earth 2" series. Read More
Messianic family: Justice lacking in bomb case
JERUSALEM (BP) -- A Messianic Jewish congregation leader whose son was nearly killed by a bomb planted by an ultra-right wing Jew said he feels like the Israeli criminal justice system has abandoned him.
The Jerusalem District Court approved a plea agreement May 28 for the man accused of bombing pastor David Ortiz's home. Ortiz said neither he nor his attorneys were consulted. The plea agreement is unique in that the court said the acts were committed by Jack Teitel, yet it did not hold Tei... Read More
Yeats to be re-nominated recording secretary
HAYES, Va. (BP) -- John L. Yeats will be re-nominated for another one-year term as recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 19-20 annual meeting in New Orleans, a Virginia pastor has announced.
[IMG=32748@right@110]"John has brought a level of professionalism to this strategic position which balances our need for both the high-tech and high-touch as a denominational body doing the Lord's business with excellence in the twenty-first century," Rodney Autry, pasto... Read More
BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, June 10, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.
This week's Bible study is adapted from the MasterWork curriculum.
Bible Passages: Romans 6:14, 7:24-25, 12:2
Discussion Question: What does a life that is seeking God's kingdom and right... Read More
APOLOGETICS: How were the books of the New Testament chosen?
Professor and columnist Timothy Paul Jones says there were many books competing for the church's attention during the forming of the New Testament, but that the ones that made it into the Bible stood out for one specific reason. Read More