Welcome to SDA Deaf Church Down Under. A virtual church for Deaf people.
SDA Deaf Church Down Under was primarily established to provide resources for Deaf people who's home language is Auslan (Australian sign language), and its closely related cousins NZSL (New Zealand sign language) and BSL (British sign language). However, it is also hoped that, as Auslan and NZSL are dialects of BSL (British sign language), these resources will also be of benefit to BSL signers.
As sign languages are visual our primarily resources are video clips located on our YouTube channel.
We currently have a physical location at the Logan Reserve Seventh-day Adventist church in South East Queensland, where most of our video material is recorded.
If you are in our neighbourhood and would like to attend, please contact us to enquire about the dates of our interpretered services. Where possible, we are happy to accommodate your needs. However, we do need at least 5 working days notice to arrange an interpreter.
If you have any constructive comments or suggestions for this website, including additional material, or improvements, please contact us.
Important MessageThis website has been created on a trial basis. If you find this website and our Auslan videos valuable, please contact us and let us know.
If we do not hear from you we will assume you have no interest in this material and will discontinue the website and YouTube channel in January 2018.
In 2012 the Logan Reserve SDA church pastor ran a public program entitled, "The Prophetic Code". A Deaf person called to ask if Auslan interpretation would be available. Lindy, one of our church members who is deaf, reads lips and signs Auslan, volunteered to act as interpreter. Later in the program it was decided to pay for a professional Auslan interpreter. This was the start of an ongoing relationship with Auslan interpreters at Logan Reserve.
When The Prophetic Code program finished, it was decided that there was a need to offer Deaf people the opportunity to attend Logan Reserve church, and the church decided to continue to fund the cost of an Auslan interpreter once a month for the main church service, if a Deaf person wanted to come to church.
At the end of 2014 the church decided to expand the Auslan service from once a month to once a fortnight, if there was a demand for it. At the same time it was decided to video the interpreted service once a month and to load the video on a YouTube channel for the benefit of Deaf people who were unable to attend a church that offered an Auslan service.
This was the birth of the SDA Deaf Church Down Under, a virtual church for the benefit of Auslan signers.
Next Auslan ServiceOur next Auslan interpreted service will be at the Victoria Point Seventh-day Adventist church, 571 Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, Victoria Point, Queensland, at 11 a.m. on 27 May 2017 when Pastor David Lawson will present a message from the Bible. Note: this church is located on the grounds of the Adventist Retirement Village at this address.
Hope TV Channel for the DeafSource: Adentist Record online.
The Deaf community around the world now have their own Hope channel. Launched on December 1, the dedicated online channel contains a variety of Adventist video productions, including features such as Tell the World, the Sabbath School Mission Spotlight, episodes of It Is Written Oceania and Church events such as the 2015 General Conference session presentations.
The video-on-demand programs are signed or captioned in ASL, English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and German, across four categories: nature, family, Bible and health.
“It is a historical milestone in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s ministry to have a channel ‘with,’ ‘for’ and ‘by’ the Deaf,” said Pastor Larry Evans, who cares for the Deaf and Special Needs Ministries at the General Conference. “It is almost unbelievable that this moment has come.”
Notably, the channel is operated by Deaf church members, ensuring that its content is especially geared towards the interests and needs of the Deaf.
“Of the some 300 million Deaf worldwide, a mere 2 to 4 per cent are Christian, firmly placing that demographic at the top of the list of ‘tongues and people' yet to be reached with gospel,” said Lee Dunstan, manager of Christian Services for the Blind and hearing Impaired, the church’s service to the Deaf in the SPD.
Visit Hope Channel - Deaf today.
Jindabyne Deaf Camp Reports
This open captioned video report on the 2016 Deaf Camp held at the Adventist Alpine Village, Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia was prepared by Christian Services For the Blind and Hearing Impaired (CSFBHI). The camp was organised by the SDA Deaf Church Down Under Deaf in conjunction with CSFBHI, and was held 28-31 October 2016.
The report runs for approximately 3 minutes.
Bible Study Guide (Easy Reading Edition) offers free study guides in easy reading English. Each guide focuses on a specific topic for one week, with a daily study on that topic.
The overall theme of the studies for the second quarter, 2017, is "Feed My Sheep".
This quarter we are studying 1 and 2 Peter. Peter was with Jesus during His ministry and became a prominent leader in the early Christian church. His letters were written to churches that faced persecution from outside and from false teachers inside the church. Peter also provide practical words on how we should live as Christians. These two letters (epistles) are also a fervent proclamation of the gospel, including the great truth of salvation by faith in Christ.
The Bible study for the 20-26 May is entitled, Be Who You Are. The text for the week is, “So you should try very hard to add goodness to your faith. To goodness, add knowledge. To knowledge, add the ability to control yourselves. To the ability to control yourselves, add the strength to keep going. To the strength to keep going, add godliness [being godly]. To godliness, add kindness for one another. And to kindness for one another, add love” (2 Peter 1:5–7, NIrV).
Hope Channel - Deaf broadcasts Christian video-on-demand programs captioned or signed in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and German. These programs are grouped into four categories: Nature, Family, Bible, and Health.
Amazing Facts Bible Study Discussion on Video Amazing Facts provides a video discussion the Bible studies we have been doing week by week, including this week's study, as a closed captioned video. Please remember to turn on the closed captions.
Hope Channel Bible Study Discussion on Video Hope channel provides a different discussion of the same Bible studies on video with closed captions. Please remember to select the English closed captions.
Christian Services for the Blind and Hearing Impaired (CSFBHI) provides information about hearing loss and resources to encourage awareness and a greater understanding. Services offered include a free library of signed or subtitled videos on religion, scripture and history. For more information, including contact details, please visit their website.
Adventist Deaf Ministries International desire to help foster a sense of international community of fellowship, unity and encouragement as both the Deaf and the hearing participate together in God's mission. Please visit their website for videos, news, events, and resources.
Reaching the Deaf. Three Angels Deaf Ministries has published an excellent video on how to reach the Deaf with the good news of Jesus. This video has been prepared by Deaf people for hearing people. It contains ASL (with an audio interpretation), so if you use Auslan switch on the subtitles/closed captions. They are auto-generated English, but don't have too many errors.
The Deaf Bible School offers several different free Bible lessons for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Their aim is to help you learn more about Jesus Christ. Their lessons are designed to lead you step by step to the great truths of the Bible and to change your life!
The Bible Timeline provides a graphical timeline from creation to the present day. Each graphic is interactive and can be clicked for more detailed information.
“Can You Hear Us?” is an online booklet written by Esther Doss. Esther is the hearing daughter of deaf parents. This excellent booklet will increase your understanding of the world of the Deaf. It will also provide valuable insights including dispelling some common myths, and valuable pointers on how to interact with Deaf people.
Please feel free to contact us so we can answer any questions you have.
We would also be delighted to meet you in person.
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This webite was last revised on 24 May 2017.
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