Every Sunday morning in recent weeks at Madison Baptist Church, the sermon has been spoken in two languages simultaneously: the pastor is preaching in English and the deaf interpreter is sharing the message in sign language.
The need for a deaf interpreter arose within the congregation late last year when Anthony Caudill began attending services. “Anthony was enthusiastic about being back at Madison Baptist,” Pastor Jim Butcher said, “but his hearing issues limited how much of the message he was able to take in.”
That need set the church’s leadership on a mission to find a deaf interpreter for the morning worship. “It was a lot more difficult than we expected to find someone to interpret, but we are very pleased to have Trisha Hart with us now,” said Butcher. Hart lives in Cross Lanes and commutes each Sunday morning to the church.
The church has already had several deaf people attend because of the new ministry and are hoping to see that number grow. “We’re excited to have this ministry available and know that there are more people in our county and the surrounding areas who could benefit from it,” Butcher said. The church has already had one baptism of a person who came because of the ministry.
Madison Baptist Church’s Sunday morning worship begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday. The church is located on the corner of Second St. and Washington Ave. in Madison, near the Civic Center. The church’s website is www.madisonbaptistchurch.org. Van rides are available to the morning services by calling the church at 304-369-1061.
(Fred Pace is the Editor for the Coal Valley News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-369-1165, or on Twitter @fcpace62)