Spring-summer 2014 :

Communication tips

Ensuring clear two-way communication with people who are culturally deaf, orally deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing
– Ask the person if your surroundings are suitable and if you can be seen or heard clearly.
– Choose a well-lit area to make speech reading easier
– Get the person’s attention before you speak
– Remove visual distractions for someone who is deaf (e.g., don’t stand in front of a bright window), and audio distractions for someone who is hard of hearing
– Maintain eye contact. Don’t look down or sideways.
– Speak clearly and naturally, and at a moderate pace – don’t shout.
– Be patient and be prepared to write things down if you are not being understood or if you don’t understand.
– Body language helps to project the meaning of what you’re saying; be animated. Use facial expressions/gestures when appropriate.
– Talk to the person, not about him/her.
– When in doubt, ask how to improve communication.
How to book an interpreter:
The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) has offices across Ontario through which [they] operate Ontario Interpreting Services (OIS). OIS is a referral service that can provide you with a qualified professional ASL (American Sign Language) – English interpreter. French interpreters, Deaf interpreters, and Deaf-Blind services are also available in some locations.
www.chs.ca  Day Service Toll free Tel. 1-877-347-3427
Toll-free TTY:  1-877-347-3429
(Excerpts from Communication Tips: The Canadian Hearing Society, with permission)
For information regarding Deaf ministries outreach contact:
www.silentblessings.org

Spring-summer 2014 :

Family Camp

CHoG in E. Canada Family Camp
Monday –  Saturday August 11-16
at Maple Grove Christian Retreat Centre in Thamesford, Ontario
                                            (194936 19 Line, Thamesford)
Theme  “Be Bold”
Worship  Team: Anna Nye & team of musicians
Speaker: Dr. David Sebastian, Dean of the School of Theology at Anderson University

Spring-summer 2014 :

Children and prayer

On both of our shows, Art Linkletter and I have discovered this deeply religious feeling in kids.
After all, doesn’t the Bible say:  “ And a little child shall mislead them?”
(from Kids Say the Darndest Things, by Bill Cosby,  Bantam Books, ©1998 by CBSWorldwide Inc. pg.19.)
A help for kids’ bedtime worries
A mother, Christa S., shares what helped her daughter’s nighttime anxieties:
her daughter’s nighttime anxieties made it difficult for her to fall asleep. She would routinely
get up in the middle of the night to let mom know she was still awake. When her daughter was 7, Christa created a “bedtime tool” scrapbook to address her specific fears and concerns. She instructed her to turn on her light and read it before coming out of her room.
Inside were five reminders, including “say your prayers,and ask God to help you relax”and  “daddy and mommy are nearby and you are not alone.” The book included simple Bible verses and pictures of the family smiling. The final instruction read,”still awake? Stop worrying, pick a verse – such as Psalm4:8, and meditate upon it.”
This worked! Her daughter found comfort – and sleep – in reminding herself of truth when she was afraid.
(adapted from FoF Thriving Family magazine – summer 2014)
[Some] Questions children ask about prayer….
What is prayer?
A:  Prayer is the way we talk with God, just as conversation is the way we talk with our  friends and parents. It is the way God has given us to thank  him and to ask him to be involved in our lives. Prayer is an important part of a friendship with God. Friends talk with each other a lot. It is the same with God and his friends. God’s friends talk to him. They communicate. They pray.  (Psalm 54:2; Ephesians 2:18; Colossians 4:2; 1 Timothy 2:1; Revelation 8:3-4)
What is prayer for?
– God’s communication station –   
A:    The purpose of prayer is for us to get closer to God. When we tell God that we are sorry for our sins, thank him for all he has done, and ask for his help, God begins to change us. He changes our thoughts and desires, and he shows us what he wants us to do. We come to love him more and to see things from his point of view. Also, prayer gives us an opportunity to say “your will be done.” It is a way for us to work with God to change the world. Think about it this way: God is our Father. He loves us and wants to meet our needs, to teach us how to live, to take care of us,and to use us. He wants to be our friend. Prayer asks him to do that in our lives. We pray because it invites our loving Father to work in our lives and in our world.  (John 16:24; Psalms 4:1; 17:6; Philippians 4:6; James 5:16; 1 Peter 3:12)
Why do people pray to idols?
A. Some people pray to idols because they believe that idols have power to change things. That is, they believe in a false god. They believe that their god hears and answers their prayers.
Other people pray to idols out of habit or superstition. They do not really know or believe in their idol. They just hope something will happen if they pray.
Praying to idols is wrong because idols are not really gods. They are just things. They are not alive and do not hear. They cannot answer prayers or bring good fortune. God wants us to place our trust in him and not in idols or superstitious beliefs.  (Romans 1:21-23; Exodus 20:4; Psalm 17:6; Isaiah 2:8; 1 Corinthians 10:6-7.14)
How do we pray?
A:  People pray in many different ways. All prayers don’t have to be alike. So we should not worry about saying just the right words or holding our hands in a certain way. God wants us to be ourselves and talk to him about the things that we are thinking about, concerned about, or excited about. We can talk to God in our very own words.
At the same time, we should realize that we are talking with the Creator and Ruler of everything. Even though God wants us to use our own words when we pray, he does not want us to be silly or make a joke of prayer. We should be very respectful toward God.  (Matthew 6:9-13; Jeremiah 29:13; Luke 11:2-4; James 4:10; 1 Peter 4:7)
Why do we say “amen” when we’re done praying?
A:  Amen means “so be it” or “it is true.”  It is simply a way of closing a prayer. We close letters with a similar word, sincerely.  Amen means that we have said what we mean and believe that God has heard our prayer. To say amen – “so be it” – is a way of saying that we trust God to answer. It reminds us that God has everything under control.   (Psalm 106:48; Nehemiah 8:6; Psalm 41:3; 1 Corinthians 14:16; 2 Cor. 1:20; Revelation 1:7)
Why do we pray for our enemies?
A:  The main reason to pray for our enemies is because God tells us to. In fact, he tells us to love our enemies. Praying for our enemies and loving them is God’s way.  Another reason is that all people, especially bad people, need prayer. There is no better way to change them.  If we want bad people to stop being bad, we need to ask God to do it.  We need to pray for them so that they will change.
Jesus prayed for his enemies. He prayed for the religious leaders who wanted him to die, and he prayed for us.  He did that because he loved us, even while we were God’s enemies. (Matthew 5:44-45; Psalm 109:4-5; Luke 6:27-28; Romans 12:14.19-20)
(taken from Questions Children Ask about Prayer, Heaven, and Angels – with answers from the Bible,
Family Christian Press, ©2000 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., pg.1-2.6.15.31.58; used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)