Support the Lutheran Friends of the Deaf this Spring Season…
It is finally time to look toward the new life of spring! When this season arrives, the chill of winter fades away and the once distant memories of warm weather, oceans and vacations are now on the horizon—the light has begun to emerge from the darkness. And although these glorious spring events are of merit, an even greater event in history comes to mind when this time of year rolls around.
While we bask in the resurrecting life of nature this spring, undoubtedly surrounded by sprouting Tulips and Cherry Blossoms, let us also remember that this is the season of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, referred to as “Resurrection Sunday” or more commonly known as “Easter.” It is the very Son of God that has defeated death, sickness, pain and trouble through His death on the cross and now His resurrection from the dead. “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” I Corinthians 15:20
As we gather together in the celebration of Easter, we attend our community worship services, enveloped by the hymn’s melodic notes, conversing freely about the powerful sermons we have just received. But, what about those who are unable to experience these joyous occasions? Those who live in an isolating silence due to hearing loss or Deafness? Those who cannot hear or speak or communicate the Word of God the way that we do so effortlessly? Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD), the founding member of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, believes that these occasions
should be experienced by as many people as possible—and it is our mission to make that happen.
LFD, with the support from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) has produced “The First Easter Day”—one of 12 unique children’s Bible Story Books that bring the Gospel into the lives of the Deaf community by combining American Sign Language, expressive artwork, the written word and video. This amazing collection of works allows children who are Deaf and hard of hearing to not only learn the Word of God, but to spread the divine message.
The mission of LFD is to enhance the life of people who are Deaf or have other communicative needs through Jesus Christ, concentrating in specific areas of: Deaf Awareness, Chaplaincy, International Training and Support, and Resources and Materials. LFD also develops and disseminates resources for Deaf Ministry in congregations and training for church workers and religious interpreters.
On our campus, worship services with sign language interpreters are now held at the John of Beverly Chapel in the Mill Neck Manor House, to provide spiritual support for faculty, students, families, friends and the local community. We welcome you to join us.
We have initiated a new Prayer Request Program to answer prayer requests for you and your loved ones. You can call in or text your prayer requests to (816) 590-1692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we remain prayerful, we ask that you help us to continue our important work. Your support is needed now more than ever.
Other ways to give:
- Mail: Send a check made payable to “Lutheran Friends of the Deaf“ to the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, NY 11765. Please include a note stating where you would like your gift to be designated.
- Phone: Speak with a development staff member by calling (516) 922-4100 ext. 332.
However you choose to make your gift, your tax deductible contribution will bring the Gospel to those who are Deaf and have other communicative needs. “God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7
We are truly grateful for your gift and thank you in advance for any amount you can give. “And let the Peace of God rule in your hearts to which you were also called in one body and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
May the true heavenly Father, who sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to bring the newness of spring into your life, grant you grace and peace during Resurrection Sunday and this Easter season.
Reverend Tyler Walworth
Deaf Missions Facilitator
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf
The founding member of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations