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:
2019 ILDA Convention
KansaSEED is hosting the 2019 International Lutheran Deaf Association (ILDA) Convention in Topeka, Kansas, July 18–21, 2019. The theme of the convention is “God Above Gold,” based on Psalm 119:127: “Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.”
For more information and a registration form, visit the convention webpage on the ILDA site.
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.