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Dear friends,

I have hearing problems not hard of hearing or deaf just having issues. On my long drive home I tend to imagine different scenarios and how they would play out in my head. Maybe you do this then you get to the place and the people TOTALLY don’t follow the script you outlined in your head. Well today I was imagining how things would happen if I were to lose my hearing completely and rely on sign language or writing to communicate with people. Te good news? I already know how to sign for the most part. The bad almost no one in my friends or family knows how to sign, and those who can have a limited vocabulary. I was thinking about it, and it would totally suck that relationships with certain people were cut off. However, it would be a good test to see who is genuine. Then I begin thinking about some of the Deaf people I know, and my church’s “Deaf Ministry”* and my heart began to break. We (at least those of you who share in a relationship with Christ) have the greatest news on earth and this amazing, beautiful community does not know it because we want them to look like us, or talk, or read our lips. We place labels like “hearing impaired” or “handicapped” passing judgement without getting to know the brilliant people. What are the results? Over 95% have never been exposed to the gospel…why? Because we want them to do all the work while we sit in our comfy bubble waiting for them to come. Last I checked the great commission was to “Go into all the world…” (Matthew 28) not to “Wait for the world to learn how to look, act, and talk like we do before telling them the glorious news.” It is glorious news isn’t it? We who are have done many things wrong can find forgiveness and love from an almighty, holy God. Maybe you are saying, “Well, that is all fine and dandy, but I don’t know any Deaf people.” Learn a little sign and see what happens, you may be surprised that you meet a few.

Sincerely, Chloe

*The reason I have Deaf Ministry in quotations is because it is lacking. We have a few interpreters who had a little sign instruction many years ago and thus interpret Sunday mornings. I used to help with that, but lately I am not because I miss things when I am not looking at the pastor so I have stopped letting the others go ahead.

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church hunting

Dear Friend,
I left the church I had been going to regularly because of a disagreement. Now then I have been going to different churches and I think it is possible that I may have found a home church… maybe. So if you will please pray for me as I seek guidance on this.
Sincerely, Chloe

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Church

Dear Friend,

Are you as burned out on church as I am? You see I am frustrated that there are so many congregations that believe mostly the same things in my small town, somewhere around 30 for a town of 3000.  I know right.  I am burned out because it seems people are more concerned about getting a person into their church, though I am more and more convinced they are cults, then they are about furthering the kingdom of God.

Sincerely, Chloe

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Dear friend,

I want you to know that I am beyond angry right now.  I am angry that the church I go to will not let me become a member unless I get baptized again in their church (I was not baptized in the right denomination). I am angry that in the same church the Spirit seems to be nonexistent, I love the people I fellowship with, but it is superficial no depth to the conversation no accountability and to that I also see the kids suffering. It broke my heart a few weeks ago when every last kid in the small group prayed for their family, but would not say why.  It kills me to see these kids playing it cool, when likely inside they torn apart.  I am angry that I see my classmates and friends cursing while simultaneously representing the name of Christ.  Sorry folks, but if you go to a Christian anything whether you claim the name of Christ or not you are representing Him.

I have to ask is anyone else heartbroken over the dismembered body of Christ and families who are falling apart.  It is killing me.

-Sincerely, Chloe

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What if?

Dear Friend,

This issue has been on my heart for quite some time and I intend to act upon it Monday evening.  There is a serious problem with our church.  We have become a people so bent on behaving properly that when people struggle,  no one knows let alone helps the person out of his issue.  What if when a brother or sister in Christ fell we responded appropriately and helped restore their relationship with Christ? What if instead of drilling into the heads of our church goers that Jesus loves them we rallied together and showed everyone else the all-consuming love of Jesus? The people that need Jesus the most are the ones who are over-looked or judged out of the church.  This should not be! I hope and pray that when the time comes for me to speak this to others they are open, receptive and moved to action.

Sincerely, Chloe

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