The Deaf Ministry Challenge
There are more than 3 million deaf and 28 million hard-of-hearing people in the United States. In Kansas, there are approximately 9,100 profoundly deaf and 108,000 hard-of-hearing people. About 95 percent of deaf people are not churched, which makes this population a vast mission field. Some experts say American Sign Language has become the fourth-most-common language in the United States.
KansaSEED (Support, Encourage, Expand Deaf Ministry) is dedicated to planting the seed of God’s Word in the deaf community.
- Training deaf leaders to evangelize
- Reaching out to members of the deaf community and their families, striving to meet their needs through involvement in conferences and clubs
- Raising awareness of the unique needs of the deaf, particularly the barriers to participating in corporate worship and Christian education
- Training qualified interpreters
- Calling a pastor to serve as missionary to the deaf in Kansas
For more information about KansaSEED, including worship services and contact names of pastors, download the brochure.
Another helpful resource: Lutheran Deaf Mission Society (LDMS) Website
For additional questions, contact:
One of our LCMS missionaries in French-speaking West Africa, Rev. Ryan McDermott (pictured above, right), is working in the area of deaf ministry. To learn more about Rev. McDermott and his work, click the photo above.