Preschool Missions Focus

International Deaf Ministry


Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

Missions Focus October 2017

Missions Area: Deaf | Concept Area: Community | Special Workers: Doc and Dee Douglas*

5 Fun Facts about the Special Workers

  1. Everywhere they go, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are prepared to tell Bible stories as a way to introduce the gospel.

  2. Mrs. Douglas’s first missions trip was a trip to Romania with Joni Erickson Tada.

  3. Mrs. Douglas’s parents were both deaf. She says that her heart language is the sign language she uses to work among the Deaf around the world.

  4. Mr. Douglas’s favorite verse is “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good things does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless” (Psalm 84:11 NIV1).

  5. Mr. Douglas likes to watch old television shows like Andy Griffith and Hogan’s Heroes.

*Names changed

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for workers to help put Bible stories into sign language.

  • Pray that the Lord would send more workers to help with Deaf community.

  • Pray that God would help leaders see the need for more churches for the Deaf.

  • Pray that God would give Deaf believers excitement to tell others about Jesus.

  • Pray that the Douglases would continue to be healthy.


Deaf students

In many places around the world there are no Scripture stories available for the Deaf community. Pray for more helpers in the Deaf community.

Signing for the Deaf

Sign language in every country is different, just as oral language is different from country to country.


Deaf book

Thank God for workers who want to help the Deaf community learn about Jesus. Pray that God will help them learn sign language so that they can communicate well with the Deaf.


All photos: Copyright © 2017 International Mission Board, SBC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.



























Missions Area: Deaf

The Deaf culture is similar from country to country; however, the sign language used varies just like spoken languages do. The Deaf share common experiences no matter where they are in the world. The Douglases seek to give the Deaf opportunities to become co-laborers in reaching the Deaf in many nations.

Currently there is no complete Bible in any of the sign languages among the Deaf in nations where the Douglases have worked, and in most places there are no Scripture stories available. Some countries have portions of the Scripture in sign language, but these are usually based on the grammar and word order of the spoken language of that country, so these passages do not speak directly to the hearts of the Deaf.

Additional information and activities are in Fall Mission Friends Leader, pages 26–42 the October leaflet of Fall Mission Friends at Home, and First Steps in Missions, vol. 23, pages 13–19. WMU Year Book 2017–2018 has planning helps.

by Andrea Floyd, Tupelo, MS

Families on Mission Calendars 2017–18

Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home.  Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.


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