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The Deaf Ministry Challenge

There are more than 3 million deaf and 28 million hard of hearing people in the United States. In Kansas, there are approximately 9,100 profoundly deaf and 108,000 hard of hearing people. About 95 percent of deaf people are not churched, which makes deaf ministry a vast mission field. Some experts say American Sign Language has become the fourth-most-common language in the United States.


KansaSEED - Support, Encourage, Expand Deaf Ministry Planting the seed of God's Word in the Deaf Community


1. Training deaf leaders to evangelize 
          •  Local workshops & Bible studies
          •  Deaf Pah training through Lutheran Deaf Mission
             Society (LDMS) and Deaf Institute of Theology

2.  Reaching out to members of the Deaf community and their families, striving to meet their needs through involvement in:
          •  Kansas Association of the Deaf (KAD) conferences
            Midwest International Lutheran Deaf Association
             (MILDA) conferences

Deaf clubs and other activities

3.  Raising awareness of the unique needs of the Deaf, particularly the barriers to participating in corporate worship and Christian education
Making presentations to churches and organizations
             across Kansas

4.  Training qualified interpreters 
Expand Deaf church and Bible study options in
             Emporia, Olathe and Topeka
          •  Begin Deaf services and Bible studies in more
             Kansas communities

5.  Calling a Pastor to serve as missionary to the Deaf in Kansas
          •  Minister to the needs of the Deaf       
•  Travel throughout Kansas, preaching and teaching in
              American Sign Language
Train Deaf leaders to serve and evangelize
Assist congregations with outreach to the Deaf

For more information, contact: 

 •  Rev. Paul Tessaro, 785-632-5301, revpt@juno.com 

 •  Sara Hale, kiasmom09@yahoo.com     

Need Help From a Pastor?  Contact Via Text:

Clay Center / Manhattan  
   Pastor Paul Tessaro, 785-630-0751

Olathe / Kansas City
   Pastor Perry Sukstorf, 913-544-6121
   Youth Minister Dave Willingham, 913-544-5997
    Pastor Jim Bender, 785-806-7590

    Pastor Mike Herzberg, 316-253-8695

Worship Services/Bible Studies in Kansas

Emporia - Interpreted
Faith Lutheran Church
1348 Trailridge Rd
9:00 a.m. Sunday Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Thursday Bible Class

Lawrence - Interpreted

Immanuel Lutheran Church & University Student Center
2401 Bob Billings Pkwy (15th & Iowa)
Sunnie Planthold hotandsunnie@aol.com
8:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service

Olathe - Interpreted
Redeemer Lutheran Church
920 Alta Lane
9:30 a.m. Sunday Bible Class
10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Service  

Topeka - Interpreted & Deaf
Faith Lutheran Church
1716 SW Gage Blvd
9:30 a.m. Interpreted Worship Service, 2nd, 4th & 5th
3:00 p.m. Deaf Worship Service, Social Time & Bible
     Study, 1st & 3rd Sundays