Deaf Ministry Outreach

Meet the LWML Deaf Ministry Liaison — Kaye Wolff

Following her four-year tenure serving the LWML as Vice President of Special Focus Ministries, Kaye Wolff continues to challenge herself to serve wherever the Lord has need of her. 

Kaye has developed a heart for those in the deaf community and began learning sign language so she could more easily communicate with them. Out of this desire to connect with our deaf sisters came a call to serve as the LWML Deaf Ministry Liaison.

The Liaison’s role is to educate, encourage, and connect members of the LWML with our deaf and hard of hearing sisters so that they might be welcomed as participants at all LWML events. Kaye encourages each district to equip women to communicate through sign language so they can connect through conversations and build relationships with each other. From her experience Kaye writes, “The deaf culture is beautiful, funny, and forgiving!” 

The purpose of the LWML’s focus on the deaf community is to:

  • Intentionally reach out to welcome sisters in the deaf community into fellowship and service with Lutheran Women in Mission.
  • Encourage and equip hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf women to participate equally as sisters in Christ.
  • Encourage LWML women to invite and connect with women in the deaf community to grow in relationships as sisters in Christ.

As the LWML Deaf Ministry Liaison, Kaye’s role is to encourage each LWML district to appoint a Deaf Ministry Liaison who will become acquainted with the various deaf ministries in the district, encourage the LWML members to connect with the local deaf community, and inform the women of opportunities to learn American Sign Language (ASL). 

Kaye Wolff practices signing with Deaconess Diana Rice.

Guidelines for LWML District Deaf Ministry Liaison

Suggested Guidelines for LWML Districts— also available as a Word doc

Resources for Deaf Outreach

(The following resources were not written by LWML.)

ASL Deafined — subscription service for ASL training —
Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society —
Lutheran Deaf Mission Society —
Mill Neck Family of Organizations —
World Lutheran Deaf Outreach — 

Listing of Churches with Deaf services Excel spreadsheet
Hearing Churches working with Deaf People
Deaf Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

Explaining Deaf Culture —

Basic ASL signs

Beginner conversational words and phrases —
Learn Sign Language: Lesson 1 — 
100 Basic Signs —  

Signing in a Worship Setting

Signing Worship

Lord's Prayer —
Apostles' Creed —
Nicene Creed —

Signing Prayer

The Lord’s Prayercontact the Vice President of Special Focus Ministries if you need a higher quality file
Luther's Morning Prayer —
Luther's Evening Prayer —

Signing “Jesus Loves Me”

“Jesus Loves Me”

Deaf Devotions

Weekly Devotions —

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments —  
First Commandment —
Second Commandment —
Third Commandment —
Fourth Commandment —
Fifth Commandment —
Sixth Commandment —
Seventh Commandment —
Eighth Commandment —
Ninth Commandment —
Tenth Commandment —
Close of Commandments —

To contact the Deaf Ministry Liaison, please get in touch with the Vice President of Special Focus Ministries by clicking here.


LWML Resources