Curt Gesch, the disability advocate at Telkwa (B.C.) Christian Reformed Church, had a brainstorm. Because some seniors in the church deal with hearing impairments, Gesch suggested that the church make available a typed manuscript of Pastor Stanley Groothof’s sermons on the day they’re delivered. The printed copies allow people both to listen and to read along.
To Groothof’s surprise, other church members have begun requesting the printed messages as well. Some people had been peeking over the shoulders of seniors who had manuscripts and found the typed copies so helpful that they wanted one for themselves.
What started as a ministry to people with hearing impairments has enabled others to profit more from worship too.
—Disability Concerns staff