Deaf people have the right to read, study, pray, worship, serve, discuss, and meditate on God's word. Ayres calls for the rediscovery of the spiritual legacy of the Deaf-World as he explores the history of ministry programs and proposes a definitive plan for the future. Deaf ministry patterns over the past forty years are highlighted and a description is given of the "New Culture of Deafness"--brought about by the radical changes in Deaf-World.
Each chapter concludes with useful discussion guides for students or small groups. Ayres calls for the rediscovery of the spiritual legacy of Deaf-World as he explores the history of ministry programs and proposes a definite plan for the future.
"An invaluable contribution to the field of Deaf ministry..." --Rick McClain, Deaf Pastor for College Church of the Nazarene, Olathe, Kansas
"An unusually keen knowledge of the past, a strong sensitivity with the present, and a proposed plan for the future..." --Duane King, Founder/Executive Director, Deaf Missions, Council Bluffs, Iowa
"God has clearly inspired Bob to write this book for precisely 'such a time as this.'" --Mary J. High, PhD, Associate Professor, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina
""Deaf Diaspora" is a 'must read' for anyone who is active in or serving a Deaf Christian ministry..." --Mark Seeger, Pastor, Jesus Lutheran Church of the Deaf, Austin, Texas Included are inspirational personal narratives by Chad Entinger.