“…Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart” 1 Samuel 14:7. This is what the armor-bearer said when Jonathan wanted the two of them to fight against a garrison of Philistines. And this is one of my great desires as I serve here with Silent Word Ministries.
I am thrilled when God gives me the opportunity to go with other SWM missionaries and be involved in their meetings and events – talking with people, assisting with the book tables, taking pictures, relaying messages, counting attendees, helping with games or cooking, or teaching sign language classes. Serving alongside others makes my heart soar.
But often they need me to stay at the office, taking care of details, while they are traveling. As the Home Office Missionary, I make sure materials are printed and ready to be packed and taken to meetings, send SWM materials which have been ordered, answer calls and relay messages, add products and photos to the SWM online store, post events to the SWM website and Facebook, keep the office organized, proofread articles, schedule and greet guests, and give tours of SWM. These are part of the ministry God has given me…taking care of details so His work can continue, so others can focus on their outreach. There is much to be done, and I want to help them be successful in the things God has placed on their hearts!
There is another thing God has given me a passion for and that is making a difference – ONE person at a time. We get excited about large meetings with good responses to the invitations – and rightfully so. But it’s important to remember that meetings of 10 people or 100 people are made up of individuals. And each individual has potential to be used by God. For example, over the years that’s why I have spent six months training a new interpreter for one deaf boy at his church, traveled over an hour on Sunday to substitute interpret for one deaf person, taught nine hours of sign language classes for two students so they can minister to Deaf people. All of these were investments in individuals. I post products and advertisements for SWM materials online, and I love hearing how people across the world use those materials to learn signs and begin teaching and sharing the Gospel with deaf individuals. I also have a passion to reach the next generation, so I traveled six hours to talk with college students about the Deaf World as a mission field. God can use each of these individuals to reach others. “They bring unto him ONE that was deaf” (Mark 7:32). Jesus knows the value of every soul.
Note from Jon Barr, SWM President: I want to interject a thought into Tabitha’s prayer letter. We are thankful Tabitha is a missionary serving missionaries. She makes a big difference and helps multiply all our ministries!
UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY: This summer, God is bringing both of these things – serving alongside others and making a difference – together for me in a thrilling opportunity. On July 12-16, 2020, the DeafNation World Expo will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Silent Word Ministries International is taking a team to set up booths and hand out free tracts, newspapers, and a new animated sign language Gospel DVD to thousands of Deaf people who will come from around the world. About 20,000 deaf people, their family members, and interpreters are expected to attend this secular Deaf event. That’s 20,000 individuals, 20,000 opportunities to share the Gospel with someone who may then take it back to their families and other deaf people! Some may carry Gospel literature back to their homes in closed countries! I had the privilege of joining teams at the DeafNation in 2010, 2012, and 2016. There were deaf people from Egypt, Mongolia, China, Brazil, and many other countries. In 2016, we reported 99 people saved! What a blessing! (See photos below from DeafNation 2016.)
Would you consider investing in my trip? The trip will cost $1600 plus $300-$500 for airfare. Gifts can be sent to SWM, designated “Beam Mission Trip.”
- Bro. & Mrs. Barr and I had a profitable trip to Pensacola Christian College last month. We talked with several students who showed interest in a possible internship and deaf ministry. Also, one lady who was the daughter of missionaries to Haiti asked if she could translate our Gospel flipchart, You Can Go to Heaven, into Haitian Creole.
- Recently, I learned that a church voted to support me for $100 every month! Praise the Lord!
Thank you so much for your support, encouragement, and prayers! God bless you!