Deaf pastor to preach at first Adventist deaf ministries day
In an effort to encourage and strengthen the friendship, fellowship, and partnership between the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and the deaf community, the church will host its first Day for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Jeff Jordon, deaf pastor and associate Sabbath school and personal ministries director for the Adventist World Church, will be the main speaker for the day along with Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Jamaica.
This will take place at the Portmore Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Port Henderson Road, St Catherine, tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m., under the theme 'Hearing His Voice'.
"We believe that deafness must never separate us from the love and meaningful relationship we can enjoy together and the ministry that God has given us to share with each other," said Pastor Adrian Cotterell, Sabbath school and personal ministries director of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.
"The day will speak to the fact that the deaf must never be neglected by the hearing community, and the Church has a responsibility to ensure that intentional inclusiveness characterises the work, mission, and ministry of the Church at all times."
One of the highlights of the day will be a musical presentation from a deaf choir.
There will also be full participation by members of the deaf community in the worship service, expressing themselves in their native language and praising God with their family and members of the church.
The afternoon's programme will include a panel discussion on the role of the deaf in economic growth and development.
The programme forms part of the church's special-needs ministry, which encourages the membership at large to engage and involve members with special needs in worship services while making adequate provision for their access to the church's facilities.