When DOOR 2-by-2 teams begin ministry in Deaf communities, they often hold Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) Sundays. These events can be compared to the hearing world’s evangelistic “rallies” or community outreaches. On CBS Sundays, the teams present the Gospel and people are given opportunities to know the Lord. These opportunities are known as “altar calls.”
Earlier this spring, during a CBS Sunday held in Ghana, DOOR’s 2-by-2 team shared the story of the prodigal son; this parable can be found in Luke 15. The Lord’s Spirit moved in Deaf hearts that day, and eight people came forward during the salvation altar call.
Ayo, one of the Deaf people who gave his life to Jesus during the service, shared the following testimony with DOOR’s 2-by-2 team:
God used my friend to invite me to church today. I’ve never gone to a Christian church before. My family is Muslim, so I grew up Muslim. I mostly go to the mosque with my family; I have to, since they expect me to. But, as you know, there is nothing that I gain by attending the prayers.
No one at the mosque knows sign language, or cares about teaching me, a Deaf person. I am the only non-hearing member of the family.
Today, I felt at home. I understood everything going on here. The approach to teaching God’s Word has touched my heart. I have clearly seen myself in the life of the prodigal son. God touched me. I feel very much at peace.
I have made up my mind to follow Jesus Christ, as taught today from God’s Word.
And, I know God accepts me just as the father accepted the prodigal son when he came back home. Please pray for me. I know there will be much opposition from my family and friends.
Transforming Deaf communities starts when individual hearts and lives are changed by the Word of God. You can help this transformation process begin in Unreached Deaf communities by sponsoring a 2-by-2 team.
As you ask the Lord how He would have you get involved with DOOR, please pray for Ayo. Pray that his family would not oppose him, and instead be drawn to the Lord through the changes they see in Ayo.