The purpose of this post is to ask for you assistance in the work to bring education and leadership training to the deaf leaders across the state of Georgia. Last January 2012, the Tri-State Deaf School of Theology began classes in Georgia. For years, we have been praying that God would bring formal deaf training to develop deaf leadership for our churches in the southeast but especially in the State of Georgia. It will assist in training and developing of deaf leadership. Because of the central location of the Atlanta area campus, it will allow other deaf church leaders from Alabama, parts of South Carolina, and Tennessee to attend as well. Currently there are no post-secondary educational resources specifically focused on deaf leadership in the state of Georgia.
The Tri-State Deaf School of Theology, which is affiliated with Brewton-Parker University, started in 2012 and has been providing college level training to deaf students in Georgia once a month on Saturdays. All classes are taught for the deaf, by deaf professors or professors that are fluent in sign language. Students can choose to take the classes for a certificate, or to earn college level credits. We have taken up the challenge of trying to raise the necessary funds to secure the financial portion of this endeavor.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Communicate this opportunity to those in your community.
2. Encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity.
3. Prayer is needed as we continue to organize and strengthen the program here
4. Tri-State Georgia needs financial support.
We need to raise between $2,500 to $3,000 for a reserve account to help cover costs for the professor who will lead the Tri-State Classes. The money in the account is used to cover the costs of the class like the professor’s mileage, room and board (when necessary) plus a small token/salary for the time taken to prepare for and teach the class. There are approximately 5 – 6 classes per semester. All money will go directly to The Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) for this account. Your donation will bring us closer to our goal. You can send your tax deductible donation checks made payable to “Georgia Baptist Convention” and in the memo field include “Tri-State Snellville Campus Deaf School of Theology” to the following address:
Georgia Baptist Convention
Attn: Jerry Baker State Missionary
Intercultural Church Planting and Mission Ministries
6405 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097-4092
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. If you would like any more information on the Tri-State Deaf School of Theology, please visit http://www.tristatedeaf.org/.