The mission of Two Hands Ministry is to bring LANGUAGE, COMMUNITY, AND THE GOSPEL to the deaf in Western Honduras so that each one may, "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18)
"Then the Lord said to him, 'Who has made man's mouth?
Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?'"
At Two Hands Ministry we live out our vision for reaching the deaf in many different ways. Our four primary avenues are home visits, family classes, deaf children's gatherings, and young adult gatherings.
Home visits are a wonderful opportunity to interact with the deaf child and their family. The perfect environment to teach language for the things they see everyday. Being in the homes provides an opportunity to build relationships not only with the deaf child, but the entire family and encourage them as they learn how to communicate with their deaf family member.
On Friday evenings, the families of the deaf are invited for an evening gathering. We spend time sharing stories over coffee and a snack as many of these families prior had no support in their journey of raising a deaf child, nor did they realize that others too are in the same situation. Our class time is filled with reading stories, playing games and doing activities in sign language. Our goal in this time is for families to learn to communicate together.
Saturday afternoon deaf children and their siblings are invited for a gathering, a time where all learn to communicate together. We spend time talking and sharing stories of our lives. We play games and do activities together. We have free time for the children to enjoy building friendships with one another. We have Bible time where we learn stories and memorize verses. We close our time with sharing a snack together!
Young Adult Gathering
One day a week, the deaf young adults of the area are invited for an afternoon gathering. During this time we encourage learning language and communicating together. We share stories. We play games. We spend time learning from the Bible. And we share a snack! Prior to Two Hands Ministry, the deaf in the area did not gather with one another. Knowing that there are others who are like you has been an encouragement to our young adults and they build friendships with one another.
"For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
Each deaf individual has unique needs that we seek to meet to the greatest of our ability. There are many other avenues that we use to bring language, community, and the Gospel. To learn more about how we do this, make sure to sign up for our newsletters and follow us on FaceBook!