Deaf Affected by Hurricanes
Mission Network News shines some light on the complex needs of the deaf created by the recent hurricanes that ravaged the Carribean, Coastal Texas and Florida.
The struggle to communicate in disaster situations is a big one. It makes the difference in how easy or hard it is for the Deaf to get food, water, safety announcements, shelter, spiritual encouragement, and legal assistance – just to name a few.
That’s why Deaf Bible Society is stepping up to provide aid and relief for Deaf Texans who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“We’re working with local churches in the Houston, Texas area. There’s one, Woodhaven Church of the Deaf and the other one is Champion Forest Baptist Church. We’ve been in touch with them to get in touch with the local Deaf community about their needs.”
Suhr says that some specific needs in the Deaf community right now are “access to communication, …water, food, places to move to, or after everything is done, to help with some of the building costs as well. And of course, with local churches getting together, we can really serve the spirit of support and encouragement in this time of chaos.”
Deaf Bible Society has set up a GoFundMe to raise support for the needs of the Deaf community in Texas’ hurricane-hit areas. Their funding goal is to raise $20,000 and currently they have nearly one-quarter of the funds collected.