She came to the United Methodist-sponsored DeafBlind Camp*, this young woman with a small child. Her husband dropped her off. She could neither see nor hear. But faithful volunteers interpreted for her, making tactile deaf signs in her hands. And they led her from place to place during the week of camp activities.
Everyone should come to learn about the signs and solutions to domestic violence and ways that we as the Body of Christ can help end this deadly, widespread scourge on our society’s treatment of women and families. We must get more involved, so we can become wellsprings of healing and hope for wounded victims, many of whom don’t believe the church cares or is willing or able to help.
- helping victims with escape plans and financial support,
- helping both victim and perpetrator find needed therapy,
- supporting “safe” houses in your area that provide transitional services,
- posting signs in bathroom stalls about how to get help, etc.
The possibilities are endless. It means stepping out and taking risks. Liberating truth is costly, but it is also a sign of our belief and discipleship in Jesus Christ. His depth of compassionate love and his actions to heal and set free oppressed persons should be our example.
*The DeafBlind Camp of Maryland was established in 1998 by Deaf Interfaith to provide a safe, fun, barrier-free week for persons who have a significant hearing and vision loss. Bishop Peggy Johnson was its visionary and director. She led camps there, along with Carol Stevens and others, for 10 years until she was elected a bishop.
The camp has grown from six campers the first year to over forty campers currently. Campers have varying degrees of hearing and vision loss; many are totally deaf and blind. In 2015, the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) organization, allowing for tax deductible donations.
** “Audrey” is a name made up to protect the privacy of this individual.