Mozambique People Group, Voting is Important & The Deaf Ministry
Last year there were few-to-no followers of Christ among the Manyika of Mozambique. This past July, a group of four bowed their heads and prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior. Their eyes shone bright with hope. As the fall election season approaches, professor and author Daniel Darling said voting is just one of the responsibilities Christians have when it comes to political engagement. And, in Romans 10, Paul states that faith comes through hearing. And for many Christians who experience deafness, hearing comes through signing.
Last year there were few-to-no followers of Christ among the Manyika of Mozambique. This past July, a group of four bowed their heads and prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior. Their eyes shone bright with hope. Their smiles unending because their eternity was forever changed. They joined seven others living in this remote interior strip of Mozambique to make this decision in the last few months.
International Mission Board missionaries Ryan and Aubrey Curry rejoiced with the new believers as they walked over to the others hanging out in the shade. The group milled around talking about the Bible lesson on Adam and Eve and the fall of man. They had a few more questions for the Currys and their national partners.
Statistics show more professing Christians live in Africa than any other continent, yet large groups of people remain where the Gospel has not gained traction. Many of these are like the Manyika of Mozambique. They live off the beaten path; roads don’t always lead to their villages.
As the fall election season approaches, professor and author Daniel Darling said voting is just one of the responsibilities Christians have when it comes to political engagement.
Darling is the director of Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and associate professor for faith and culture at Texas Baptist College.
In this week’s “Baptist Press This Week,” Darling identified some of the key issues in this upcoming election as religious liberty, the sanctity of life, the economy and education.
Darling said voting is just one important way Christians can be involved with politics.
“At a baseline level, I think voting requires some responsibility to try to get to know the candidates as best as we can to listen to what they’re saying and hear them out. You’re always making difficult choices, so I think you make the best decision according to the principles from scripture that you hold dear.”
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In Romans 10, Paul states that faith comes through hearing. And for many Christians who experience deafness, hearing comes through signing.
To assist ministries that serve people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Lifeway Christian Resources has launched the “Explore the Bible Deaf Digital Library,” a collection of studies using text with simplified language to facilitate American Sign Language. This format allows Bible study leaders to more easily sign talking points and discussion questions for group members. The collection is free for Bible study groups for the Deaf, with permission to make copies of the studies as needed.
“The ‘Explore the Bible Deaf Digital Library’ is written specifically by and for people who are deaf and makes it possible for these Bible study groups to touch all the books of the Bible,” said Dwayne McCrary, manager of adult ongoing Bible studies at Lifeway. “We’re excited to provide this free library to help people who use American Sign Language dive into the richness of God’s Word.”
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