Georgia Baptist Conference of the Deaf

Harvest How?
Go and Follow the Call of Christ!
September 17 – 19
Toccoa, Georgia
Baptist Conference Center

To this you were called, Because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. NIV I Peter 2:21

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Support Service Providers Workshop

Annistown Road Baptist Church will host a workshop for Support Service Providers.  Watch for additional information coming here soon.

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Three Deaf Volunteer Missionaries Needed

Hi there, Everyone!

Greetings from East Boulder Baptist Church near Denver, Colorado!  Most of you know me, but in case you don’t, I’m Barb Coffan.  This June, I’ll be leading a Deaf mission trip to Uruguay, and our team is in need of three more Deaf missionaries.  Just yesterday, we got the “go ahead” on this trip, so these are the details:

Volunteer Mission Trip
to Montevideo,
Uruguay, South America
Working with S.B.C. International Mission Board Missionary, Mary Swanner

June 11 – 25, 2010
Total trip cost – $3,300

Mary Swanner would like our team to mentor 5 of the Deaf Christians that she serves with (several are quite young), give presentations in the Deaf schools and clubs about Deaf life in America (and then invite folks to an evangelistic service or one-on-one meeting), hold evangelistic services in the capital city of Montevideo and in the interior of the country, train Deaf Christian leaders in subjects that Mary will identify, prayer walk, perhaps lead a craft , witness to people about how the Lord has changed our lives, and share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet!

Do you know anyone who has a passion to see lost people drawn to the Savior?  Our team now consists of: Bob Payne (Deaf evangelist residing in Arizona), Pat Himes (interpreter and treasurer for this trip), and myself (interpreter and team leader for many Deaf mission trips over the past 20 years).  We are in need of three more Deaf people.

Each of us volunteer missionaries needs to raise our own support, to participate in this trip.  Over the years, I have found that if the Lord calls an individual to go, He always supplies the money.  If you are a Deaf Southern Baptist and the Lord is speaking to you about going on this mission trip, please contact me as soon as possible.  If you are hearing and you know of a strong, committed Deaf Christian who loves Jesus, and is not afraid to step out in faith to share the Gospel, please forward this email to him/her.  Perhaps you know of a married couple who has been wanting to go on an adventuresome mission trip.  Now is the time!  God’s work among the Deaf people of Uruguay is just now beginning to TAKE OFF!  Mary Swanner is veeeeery excited about doors that are beginning to open!  

Our team is praying for you right now as you read this email.  If you are one of the 3 people that God has chosen for this trip, you won’t be able to say, “No” to Him.

Love in Christ,
Barb Coffan <><

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2010 Annual East Regional Deaf Marriage Conference

LifeWay Conference Center
Ridgecrest, NC

Cost: April 23-25, 2010

$350 per couple

Includes registration, five
meals, and lodging
(Saturday evening, each
couple will eat out on their

April 12, 2010
($375 after April 12)

Group picture from 2009
Deaf Marriage Conference


  • Check-in 3:00 pm
  • Supper 5:30 pm


  • Check-out 11:00 am
  • Lunch 12:00 pm

Tentative program will include: four workshop topics, panel discussion,
marriage games, couple devotion, private counseling, movies, renewal of
vows service, and more.

Key Speakers: Dr. Jerry Seale and Rev. Kent Oviatt

~ BA degree from Howard Payne University, TX
~ Master of Div and Doctor of Ministry degrees
~ Certified/Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
~ Led marriage conferences
~ Therapist with Cawood & Associates, TN

~ BA degree from Trinity Seminary, IN
~ Nationally certified RID interpreter
~ Produced sign language training videos for kids
~ Led workshops & retreats
~ Pastor to the Deaf, Winston Salem, NC

For complete schedule, visit

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Impact Deaf Youth Camp 2010

The 2nd Annual IDYC (Impact Deaf Youth Camp) will be held on July 11-16, 2010 at Mountain Lake Ranch in Dandridge, Tennessee. The theme this year is “Walking with Jesus” Colossians 2:6.

Who can go to camp?

This is a camp for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and CODA children age 8-18. All counselors are fluent in ASL (most are Deaf) and desire to be role models to our young people.

What are some activities?

There are various activities such as crafts, sports, games, swimming, team-building, tubing and many other activities.

History of IDYC:

The camp was started last July in 2009 by three pastors of deaf churches in Georgia and Virginia. They are: Mason Fenner of the Deaf Baptist Fellowship in Rome, Georgia; Bud Richardson of the Rowland Springs Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia and Samuel Woods of the Grace Baptist Church for the Deaf in Bristol, Virginia. These pastors and their churches had a desire to make an impact on the deaf youth in the Southeastern states. Thus a small camp in Danbridge, TN was established.

Is there a nurse available?

Yes, we have a registered nurse at the camp for minor emergencies. All serious emergencies will be transported to hospital less than 20 minutes from the camp.

Do you have lifeguards?

Yes, we have lifeguards who are present to watch the swimming and canoeing activities.


The majority of our counselors are Deaf adults who have leadership roles in our churches. They are great role models to the campers. They play a major role in the success of the camp. We have a ratio of one counselor per three campers. Teams are divided up into groups with three counselors per dorm.

How much is the camp?

  • $150.00 Students (age 8-18)
  • $280.00 for two students from the same family

Deadline for registration is July 11, Sunday evening.

Early Bird Special!!!!

Mail in $145.00 registration by June 27th and save $5.00 on camp fee.

Make check payable and send it with the registration form to:

Impact Deaf Youth Camp
112 Lombardy Way SE
Rome, GA 30161


Registration will be from 6:00-7:00 pm on Sunday evening, July 11. Campers may be picked up on Friday, July 16 at 11:00 am.

For more information, registration forms and/or brochures, contact one of these:

Please join us for our 2nd annual Impact Deaf Youth camp. This will be our second year at Mountain Lake Ranch. It is a nice campground, and you will have the best week of camp ever.

We hope you will make plans to be with us this year at Impact Deaf Youth Camp.

We also have the volunteer opportunities at the camp. If you are interested to volunteer, please contact me.

If you are interested in becoming the counselor, we will provide the counselor training on Saturday, April 17th from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Woodstock in Woodstock, GA.   Just let me know if you are interested or want to talk about other volunteer opportunities. I happen to have some brochures and registration forms so contact me if you need them.

Please feel free to forward this wonderful message to your deaf community and your friends!!!

See you at the camp!
Terri Jackson

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“Buckets of Hope” – Feeding the People of Haiti one Family at a Time

The “Buckets of Hope” ministry is just one means by which Baptists can fulfill the mandate of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry in the name of Jesus. As we are reminded in Matthew 25:45, Jesus tells us, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (KJV)

A “Bucket of Hope” consists of a plastic five-gallon bucket packed with selected foodstuffs. For approximately $30 anyone can purchase the materials and assemble a “Bucket of Hope.” The food contained in a single bucket will feed a Haitian family for a week. You are also requested to include a $10 cash contribution, placed in an envelope and attached to the lid of the bucket, to offset the cost of transporting the relief buckets to Haiti.

Every bucket must be exactly alike with a specific list of items inside. Please follow the detailed instructions  carefully. This will ensure that every bucket quickly passes through customs and into the hands of the Haitian people.
Put a bucket together and you can be a part in touching the loves of tens of thousands of Haitians. Please bring all buckets to the AMBA office by March 15. 

Instructions on How to Assemble “Buckets of Hope”


Every bucket must be exactly alike with a specific list of items inside. Please follow the detailed instructions carefully. This will ensure that every bucket quickly passes through customs and into the hands of the Haitian people.

The Bucket

The 5-gallon, white, plastic bucket with handle and form-fitting lid, which must be new and unused, can be purchased at Wal-Mart (sku# 00982650640) or Ace Hardware (Ace# 17714).  The bucket must not have a logo or other commercial imprint.

The Food Items

The food items can be generic, store brand items. Do not substitute any items listed and do not add additional items.

  • 2 – 5-pound bags long grain enriched rice
  • 1 – 48-ounce plastic bottle cooking oil
  • 2 – 2-pound bags dry black beans (can substitute with red beans)
  • 1 – 5-pound bag of all-purpose flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 – 20-ounce cylinder container of granulated white sugar (coffee service size)
  • 2 – 1-pound boxes of spaghetti noodles
  • 1 – 2-pound 8-ounce (40 oz) plastic jar of smooth peanut butter
  • 1 – 2-gallon plastic ziplock storage bag (used to wrap the bottle of cooking oil)

Packaging Instructions

  1. Before you begin to pack the bucket, pray for the Haitian family that will receive the food.
  2. Lay the bucket on its side
  3. Place rice packages in the bucket. Lay bags side-by-side, flat, running in the direction from top to bottom in the bucket. Gently compress the bags (without breaking them) as flat as possible to create room for other items
  4. Place the bottle of oil inside a clean, unused 2-gallon storage bag
  5. Compress the air, wrap the excess portion of the bag tightly around the bottle, and close the bag. (This is a precaution to protect the foodstuffs should there be leakage or a break in the bottle during transport.)
  6. Lay the bottle of oil on top of the rice bags. Lay the wrapped oil container so that the bottom of the bottle is at the bottom of the bucket and approximately in the center of the bucket. Place the peanut butter jar on one side of the oil
  7. Place the cylinder of sugar on top of the wrapped oil bottle
  8. Place boxes of spaghetti noodles on the other side of the oil bottle
  9. While holding the sugar and peanut butter containers in place, stand the bucket upright
  10. Place one bag of black beans down along the side of the bucket next to the peanut butter
  11. Place the bag of flour on its side on top of the peanut butter, gently packing down the flour bag to clear the rim of the bucket
  12. Place second bag of black beans next to the flour
  13. Close the lid on the bucket and make sure it is securely closed
  14. Place $10 cash (bills only) into a business size (#10) or smaller envelope. Seal the envelope
  15. Securely tape the envelope to the lid of the bucket
  16. Take the Bucket of Hope to AMBA collection center before March 15, 2010.

Joel Harrison

Lead Missionary

Atlanta Metro Baptist Association


3070 Mercer University Dr

Suite 100

Atlanta GA 30341

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World Missions Sunday

Deaf Baptist Fellowship is hosting a “World Missions Sunday” gathering on Sunday February 7, 2010.  The theme is “Reaching the World for Christ”.  Kris Courson, the Eurasia Strategy Leader/Church Planter in Russia will be the guest host.

Prayer meeting starts at 9:30 AM
Sunday School at 10:00 AM
Worship service at 11:000 AM


Marvelous Deaf Music and Deaf Choir


Please bring one side dish and one dessert

Church will have a special class for your children and we will provide nursery.

Hollywood Baptist Church
112 Lombardy Way SE
Rome, Georgia 30161

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2010 Interpreter Training Program

Click on the picture of the pickle for information about this fall’s ITP workshops!

March 12-13, 2010 – CAMP KALEO  

The Georgia Baptist Conference of the Deaf ITP will offer one course for all interested interpreters and Deaf leaders at Camp Kaleo near Forsyth, Georgia, on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2010. The course will begin on Friday afternoon. All persons taking an ITP course are asked to arrive on Friday afternoon between 2:00-3:00 p.m. You will receive one (1) CEU for the full ten hours. Please be sure to bring your own linens, as Camp Kaleo does NOT provide them.

The course offered will be: “Deaf Culture” … 5 aspects – Language and Traditions; Rules of Social Interaction; Values; Group Norms; Identity. Participants in this Workshop will have interaction among each other and with the instruction’s guide on activities to further their knowledge in linguistics of ASL and awareness in Deaf Culture. 

  • Handouts
  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Drawing Board or Flip Chart
  • Evaluation Form at the end of the Conference

“Deaf Culture” … 5 aspects – Language and Traditions; Rules of Social Interaction; Values; Group Norms; Identity. will be taught by Amy Peterson. Amy is currently the Communiaction Specialist at Bailey Deaf Unit at Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital in Montgomery, AL. She holds CDI and a provisional certification in ASLTA. She obtains her bachelor degree in Elementary Education with concentration in Deaf Education from Jacksonville State University. Currently, Amy is taking graduate classes to obtain a Masters in Education – Adult Learning. Amy is an Adjunct Instructor at Troy University for the Interpreter Training Program. She is teaching ASL and ASL Linguistics. She lives in Prattville, AL with her husband, Jimmy and 2 girls, Mary Ann and Elizabeth.

The class schedule is:

  • Friday afternoon – 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 7:30 – 4:00 p.m.

 The North American Mission Board is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional program is offered for 1 CEU at the Intermediate Content Knowledge Level.                                                                                                                               

 Important Notices:

**Please bring your own linens to Camp Kaleo**

Standard Registration is $75.00, which includes the Conference with Lodging at Camp Kaleo and all Meals.

Commuter Registration is $65.00, which includes the Conference and Meals only. This does NOT include lodging.

Please note: If you are planning at staying at a hotel off Camp Kaleo property,

Sorry…children cannot attend the classes. There is no childcare provided.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

  1. A full refund will be issued for cancellations made 60 days before the ITP date.
  2. A 50% refund will be issued for 59-30 days before the ITP date.
  3. No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than 30 days before the ITP date.

If you have any questions regarding this ITP class this spring, please contact:

Tim Spraggins, GBCD ITP Coordinator at cell 229-881-1067, home/TTY/VP 229-434-0677, or email

Register before March 2, 2010.

For registration questions contact:

  • Stephanie Godoy at 770-936-5217,
  • Video Phone 678-999-2766 
  • email

Map to Camp Kaleo


  Provided by Intercultural Church Planting and Missions Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention

6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA  30097-4092

Supported by The Cooperative Program, State Missions Offering and
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

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Russian Baptist Partnership Training

Russian Baptist Partnership


October, 2010

February 6, 2010, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Briarlake Baptist Church
3715 Lavista Road
Decatur, GA 30033

Building E, Room 180


Kris Courson, Missionary among Russian Deaf

Rodney Webb, Mission Coordinator for Carter Bearden Mission Committee

Training is for anyone that might want to participate this year or during the next Five Years of the Georgia Baptist Partnership with Russian Baptists.

Contact Stephanie Godoy
Georgia Baptist Convention Office
Video Phone (678) 999-2766

Cost of training is free

Lunch: You pay for your own lunch.

Registration closes February 1, 2010

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2010 GBCD Conference Speaker

The speaker for the 2010 GBCD Conference on September 17 – 19 will be Bill Atwell. Bill Atwell is a native of Georgia. He graduated from TTU, Chattanooga, in 1991 and married his college sweetheart, Laura, in 1992. Bill was called to be a pastor in 1997. He was pastor of a deaf church in San Antonia, TX for four years. He is pastor of First Baptist Deaf Chapel, Beaumont, TX. He is studying for his Doctorate at Lamar University. A Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), Bill trains interpreters to best voice and interpret God’s Word. The Atwell’s have two children, Antonio and Marianna.

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