DENISON — First Christian Church of Denison, 808 W. Woodward, has shared its building with Terry Dowling and a small deaf congregation since 2001. Dowling, who is deaf, along with his wife Doris, who is hard of hearing, have been sharing the gospel with deaf people in a way it can be understood. It’s estimated that only one to two percent of the close to 250 million deaf people are Christians. Reading can be a challenge for deaf people and learning about the word of God doesn’t come easy for people with that disability.

DENISON — First Christian Church of Denison, 808 W. Woodward, has shared its building with Terry Dowling and a small deaf congregation since 2001. Dowling, who is deaf, along with his wife Doris, who is hard of hearing, have been sharing the gospel with deaf people in a way it can be understood. It’s estimated that only one to two percent of the close to 250 million deaf people are Christians. Reading can be a challenge for deaf people and learning about the word of God doesn’t come easy for people with that disability.


The founder of deaf missions, Duane King, recruited Dowling to preach in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He has led revivals and held preaching spots in many places since them. He started a deaf mission in San Luis Potosi and Matamoras, Mexico and continues his mission work there with the help of others like Vonda Hamilton. Steven and Vonda Hamilton, along with their daughters Selah and Cloudi, are missionaries with Expressions of Emmanuel of Bonham (a mission with the deaf sharing Christi’s love via video outreach and writing projects) come to the Denison church to help several times each year. On occasion EOE also hosts the deaf church in Bonham for fellowship activities and special services.


The Hamiltons’ work with Expressions of Emmanuel takes them across the U.S.A. and to other countries. When they received the gift of a new minivan, they donated their older van to the Dowlings’ deaf church.


The van lasted eight months for the Dowlings and enable Terry Dowling to visit the deaf and to carry deaf people who have no transportation to get to church.


The loss of the minivan has limited the Dowlings’ ability to visit the deaf and to transport them to church.


Currently, they depend on one faithful man, Donn Van Deren, in a small compact car and sometimes has to make two trips to get the minister and family to church as well as a few other church members.


Terry has much experience in ministry and working with the deaf. He studied at Lincoln Christian University for eight years receiving his Certificate of Ministry. He was ordained on Jan. 14, 1979 at his home church in Lincoln, Ill.


The deaf church wants to grow and help others. Terry has the tender heart of a pastor and wants to visit the deaf in this region sharing Christ’s love. The ministry is hoping for an incredible donation of a used car or other vehicle to help with his ministry and provide transportation for the deaf congregation.


Anyone interested in the deaf ministry should contact Vonda Hamilton at 903-449-6328 or e-mail her at vondabland@msn.com.