Personal Connection Promotes Deaf Ministry Motion

This summer, the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting adopted a resolution made by John Blackmon to support deaf ministry.

Blackmon, the pastor of Meansville Baptist Church in Meansville, Georgia, noted the personal connection as one of his reasons for introducing the motion at the meeting. Cheryl, Blackmon’s wife of 12-years, father is deaf. Not a Christian, Cheryl had been praying for years that ministries could be made available to people like her father to help them connect with Christ.

Learning some American Sign Language (ASL) basics, Blackmon began witnessing to his father-in-law, ultimately, resulting in Cheryl’s father coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

“The amount of lost people in this country who are Deaf is abysmal,” he said. “It’s unacceptable. We need to be doing all we can not only to reach Deaf people but resource and equip others to reach them as well.”

Blackmon’s motion called on Lifeway Christian Resources and the North American Mission Board “to research and report on the feasibility of a partnership to produce and provide access to resources for existing Deaf ministries and future work among Deaf people in the United States.” 

Received variably by the body, the delegates amended the motion slightly to also include the International Mission Board as well as NAMB. The two entities are now responsible for  producing a report for the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting outlining how they incorporate deaf ministry into future mission programming.

Source: Baptist Press