Vision 2 Hear Update Christmas Week

Merry christmas

It’s been a very busy week with V2H, to which I’m sure you can all understand. Leading up to Christmas, we’ve had two Christmas concerts, made plans for the El Salvador trip in January and more. Here are a few details.

Summit Church Christmas Concert

A little over a week ago now, the Vision 2 Hear WAVE Teams performed their Christmas concert at Summit Baptist Church in Loganville. With teams coming from Fayetteville, GA, Snellville, GA, Loganville, GA and Hixson, TN, the church was packed with people and abuzz with excitement. The teams came together and worked well as a family of signers making this Christmas concert a pure joy.

Photos courtesy of Jamie Jenkins

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Giving Tuesday Results

This year V2H was able to collect $2000 for India Orphans! Thank you all for your faithful giving and support of the work we are doing around the world. Your gifts will help the SAC orphanage in India continue to grow and support children in need. May God bless you for your generous gifts!

NC WAVE Christmas Performance

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Last night the NC WAVE Team performed at the Havelock First Baptist Church with a great response. The team did exceptionally well for their very full Christmas concert, sharing 12 songs in sign and movement. It was a great time for all and I am very proud of this team and all their hard work! Videos from the show are being uploaded onto my Youtube Channel.

El Salvador Is Set

As I mentioned in previous newsletters, a college student is traveling with me to El Salvador in January. Here is some of her letter

I am coming up on my final semester of my undergraduate degree this spring. The opportunity has come up for me to take a trip with an organization called Vision2Hear that will count for a credit that I need to graduate in May. I stumbled upon this organization through a series of random events when I was searching through the internet on topics related to American Sign Language for the club that I teach on campus.

El Salvador is one of the most violent countries on earth. Coming out of various civil wars, the government is untrusted and crime rates are high. There is not much care for the country’s Deaf community. Unlike the Deaf in America who are educated and can read and write English, along with speaking their own language, Deaf Salvadorians are not educated in written Spanish. Also, many of them are lucky if they have a modality of language at all, as there is not a very unified Deaf community. Deaf education is a huge need. In some instances, untaught Deaf persons will make up their own signs called “home signs” so that they can at least communicate with family. All of this contributes to the difficulties and scattered nature of the Sign Language in El Salvador.

“There is an estimated 15,000 deaf signers in El Salvador, 0.25% of the population of El Salvador. Roughly 65% use Salvadoran Sign Language (LESSA), about 20% use a Salvadoran variety of American Sign Language (ASL) (either mixed with LESSA or following Spanish word order), and 10% use a combination of Costa Rican Sign Language (LESCO) and LESSA. In addition, roughly 5% live in rural areas and may use home signs (2010).”

As you can imagine, considering these language barriers, there are also significant resulting obstacles in spreading the love of Christ. Considering the lack of written education, most Deaf persons cannot read a bible, though they may have access to one. Since they don’t speak Spanish, they only have their visual language for communication of ideas. This is a heartbreaking reality, that even today there are people that still do not have access to the knowledge found in the bible.

In my participation with V2H, I would be working with the Deaf in El Salvador in various different contexts. Many of them use American Sign Language, which I am already quite familiar with. V2H is partnered with a church specializing in Deaf ministry in that area, so assisting their needs will be an important part of the trip. I will also be paired with the Wave team in El Salvador and do Sign Language outreach in the area to open up conversation about Christ. It is also a possibility that I may be working with Deaf schools in the area. There are various other outreaches done by the team such as ministries in local skate parks that I would likely be helping with as well.

I have never had a specific direction pertaining to God’s calling on my life—a surety such as that is something that all Christians wrestle with and hope to gain. In light of this truth, I am overwhelmed with an inexpressible joy within me that is unmistakably of God, and unmistakably, somehow, connected to the Deaf community. Sign Language does something to the spirit inside of me, where I feel a pull of compassion and purpose that I don’t feel as intensely in any other area of my life. I don’t believe that all of the coincidences that have brought me to my current position were coincidences at all, in fact, I believe I am just beginning to see the path that God is intentionally setting before my feet. I am unable to be convinced that this trip is a chance encounter. I am overwhelmed with His care and provision for every area of my life.

God Bless,

Angela

So we are very excited to be part of helping Angela and El Salvador at the same time. We are gearing up for this trip in early January and I’ll stay for a shorter period of time than she, since I had some other engagements back in the USA I need to take care of. But continue to pray for her and this great start for V2H’s New Year!

The Movement

Over the last couple weeks The Movement, V2H’s church plant has been working diligently at raising funds for purchasing a building/land in TN for their own church facility. With the church having more than 60 in meetings at times, the space they currently use is really not adequate for gatherings. Please continue to pray for them and V2H as we move forward into 2016 seeking god’s will for the church movement and work God is doing in TN. For more information about the church check out tnmovement.com

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V2H Update

Prince in Nigeria.

As many of you know, we have several in Nigeria that we continue to love and support throughout the year. Last week Prince was in the hospital having his appendix removed. I’ve been able to speak to him through Facebook messenger a couple of times and he is recovering well. Please continue to pray for his health and recovery. He should be out of the hospital soon, if not already.

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Jorge in El Salvador

Last week, a team from the States journeyed to ES to spend time working with Jorge and V2H in Neuvo Rencar(not sure of the spelling). This team has been supporting the work in Es for several years and we are very happy to be partnering with them. However, Jorge was sick last and in the hospital for tests. He goes back in today for more tests. Please be praying for him so they can determine what the issue is. Also pray for the mission team that’s there that God would bless their efforts greatly.

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I didn’t end up going to El Salvador in October but sent all the funds that I could for their continued work. They used those funds for several projects including the Glow night outreach at the skatepark and other work in the community. I do have plans to go in January with a college student intern who will be getting her college credits while working with us in ES. Her name is Angela Lowe and she will be there for 21 days, working with Jorge and Miriam at the mission house and with the deaf . I’ll be bringing down most of the school supplies we were able to gather from Christ Fellowship in Miami to distribute at that time. My plans are not to stay there the whole time (21days) as I have other things I have to attend to but I will be in ES for up to 2 weeks. If you’d like to help with this trip or any other aspect of V2H, please let me know or go to vision2hear.com and click “donate“.

WAVE Team Christmas Concert

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Vision 2 Hear will host it’s Christmas concert in Loganville, GA on December 13 at The Summit Church at 6:30pm. We would love to see you there for this wonderful night of worship and wonder. Teams from Soddy-Daisy, TN, Fayetteville, GA and Loganville, GA will be sharing in music and drama for this service. The concert is free.

More updates coming soon.

Thanks for your prayers,

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Chick-Fil-A Sugarloaf Parkway Pics

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight to perform and to try to help us with our mission trip. Here are a few pics from tonight’s time.

Two New Songs For WAVE Team

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Our new season is here and I am posting new lyrics and songs. Here are a couple of new songs you start looking at and working on.

Let It Be Love By Family Force 5

I’ve never seen a soul set free
Through an argument
I’ve never seen a hurt get healed
In a protest
But I’ve seen sinners turned to saints
Because of grace
It’s love, love that lights the w
Love that lights the way

Let it be a heart wide open
Bigger than the words we’ve spoken
Let it be a heart for the broken
If we’re gonna light, light
Light the way
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love, yeah
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
It’s love that lights the way

It’s not about the stand we take
But the grace we give
It’s not about the name we make
But the life we live
Heard about a King who sat down
Took my place
True love gave His life away
It’s love that lights the way

Let it be a heart wide open
Bigger than the words we’ve spoken
Let it be a heart for the broken
If we’re gonna light, light
Light the way
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love, yeah
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
It’s love that lights the way

Stronger than every fear
Comfort for all the tears
It’s where the war is run
And it has overcome
Louder than the loudest shout
Deeper than the deepest doubt
We’ll watch the walls fall down
We’ll watch the walls fall down

Let it be a heart wide open
Bigger than the words we’ve spoken
Let it be a heart for the broken
If we’re gonna light, light
Light the way
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love, yeah
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
It’s love that lights the way

It’s love that lights the way
Yeah, Love that lights the way

Lyric WAVE Signs Video Here: Let It Be Love

 

Our Time Is Now By Colton Dixon

Are you tired of the life that leaves us begging for more,
We got our heads in the clouds but our feet on the floor,
We tend to chase everything that ends us leaving us dry,
We need a voice
One voice
Let us amplify

Can you feel momentum shifting
Can you hear the sound
We were once upon missing
We have been found
It starts now

So raise a fist high
This is the first night of beginning of forever
Now let the old die
Cause there is new life
Forever starts tonight
Our time is now
now
now
now

Its only takes one second to turn it around
We got our minds make up but still a stake in the ground
All the pain all the shame
Have you had enough of it
Are you ready for the change

Can you feel momentum shifting
Can you hear the sound
Can you see the darkness lifting
now

So raise a fist high
This is the first night of beginning of forever
Now let the old die
Cause there in new life
Forever starts tonight
Our time is now
now
now
now

Oh loving can divide us
Oh take away our time is now
We rise from ashes
Kings and queens our time is now

So raise a fist high
This is the first night of beginning of forever
Now let the old die
Cause there in new life
Forever starts tonight
Our time is now
now
now
now, now ,now….

The WAVE Sign Lyrics are here: Our Time Is Now

 

V2H Christmas Concerts

Vision 2 Hear is excited about the upcoming Christmas season! We currently have the following concerts scheduled:

December 9

6:00pm-7:30pm

New Vision Church

193 Johnson Ave

Fayetteville, GA

December 17

7:00pm-8:15pm

Bethany Baptist Church

2306 Bethany Church Rd

Snellville, GA

 

V2H Weekly Update: 10/19/12

Hey Everyone,

I’m back in the Atlanta area for the weekend. Let me first say thanks to everyone for their prayers for me and amy family during our time of loss. We sincerely appreciate the love and support shown to us during this time!

I came back to Fayetteville, GA on Wednesday. My Aunt’s funeral was on Tuesday evening. Even though this was a sad event for our family, it certainly brought us all closer together and for that I am thankful! I was able to see another aunt and cousin that I had not seen in over 30 years!

My 2nd cousin Adam, his dad and my first cousin Paul, my mom and brother Mike and me.

While in town, I was able to spend a good amount of time catching up with Paul and his son Adam, along with my other cousins who had just lost their mom to pancreatic and liver cancer.

The time with family was good and reminded us each of how important it is to be there for each other, especially in times like this. Almost all of us spent significant time growing up together at Grandma’s house and it was good to be together even in this time of sorrow.

The Lockhart Cousins: Adam, Mike, Becky, Uncle Joe, Me, Amanda, Kristie (Cricket), and Tommy. 

Also while I was in town I spent time with the Tuckers. It was CJ’s 8th birthday. The paradox between celebrating life and mourning a death was a little strange to say the least. Nonetheless, I was reminded in both cases how precious life and sweet memories can and should be. I was thankful to be able to be part of celebrating this great day with CJ and his friends and family!

After spending a few days with family, I made my way back to Fayetteville for youth group on Wednesday night. The last couple of days have been used getting ready for our WAVE Conference that starts today and goes through Sunday night. Please be in prayer for this event as it’s a great time of worship and growth for our teams. We will learn a couple of new songs (hopefully :)) and certainly draw closer to God and each other.

Don’t forget this weekend we all get our new Not A Monster But An Alien shirts. Please bring $12 to pay for yours. We also have our final push for Change for A Change. Remember that the leader who brings in the most change from their teams will get a prize!

We will also have a dessert theater concert on Sunday night. We will use this as a fundraising concert to help generate money for the ski trip and missions next summer. It’s free. A love offering will be collected.

Finally, don’t forget that the $30 deposit for the ski trip is due on October 27! Please get that in if you plan to go!

See you guys in a few hours! It’s time to go with the FLOW!

George