President's Message

Greetings, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

I took Sue Walker's place as president . She resigned due to her father's health issue.

Now, I am looking forward to go to the MBCD retreat in Popular Bluff in August . The purpose is to reach every city, town and rural area to get the Deaf.

Now the theme is "Focus on Jesus - How?" And scripture is Hebrews 12:1-3. The special quests are Bob and Valerie Barker. Bob will do StoryOne at the workshops. Valerie will do Sign Roots for interpreters . Bob will preach Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning. It will help you understand StoryOne better so we can reach the Deaf.

Come and join us in fellowship, learning, sharing and worship!

Living Sacrifice (Roman 12:1-2)

Linda Whiggam,
MBCD President

Welcome to MBCD!

We want to welcome you to the website of the Missouri Baptist Conference of the Deaf (MBDC).  We are making every effort to keep the website current and informative, and we hope that you find it interesting and helpful.  If you have any suggestion for improvement, please do not hesitate to tell us.  Remember that the main purpose of this website is to keep you informed of the MBCD.

Two of MBCD's most exciting events are the annual MBCD Retreat and the Deaf Youth Camp (DYC).


Annual MBCD Retreat

sampleThis is the annual gathering of the Missouri Baptists Deaf Churches and Ministries from all over the state and adjoining states at various locations within Missouri.  We make every effort to keep the Annual Retreat very helpful to your spiritual growth, leadership training and fellowship skills through the guest speakers, workshops, activities and fellowships. To learn more about the Annual Retreat, go to top menu and click on the "EVENTS" tab followed by clicking on the "Annual Retreat" tab.





INTERPRETERS: COST IS $65 for Saturday-only workshop by Valerie Barker. No interpreters' workshps on Friday and Sunday.

Deaf Youth Camp

"My son] jumped off the bus from the Deaf Youth Camp and started signing to me nonstop! Yes, he knew some signs before he went, just enough to get by, but now he's carrying on a "normal" conversation. I had to hold back tears of joy when he said "Mom, I want to tell you a story they taught us" and he started signing to me: a Bible story in ASL. He was so proud of his ability and so am I!"

Deaf Youth Camp (DYC) is a ministry of Missouri Baptist Conference of the Deaf, an autonomous group that works in harmony with the Missouri Baptist Convention. The DYC is one its main ways of ministering to young people, many of whom may not have the background knowledge of faith and the Scripture that a hearing student might. The DYC is held two or three times a year.

In many ways it is different. The music in the chapel is very loud and very heavy on the bass, so campers can better feel the rhythm. Rap is a particularly favorite genre, because of its clear beat. And of course the camp pastor preaches using StoryOne in American Sign Language. There are inflatable games, swimming and smiles, but there is no shouting or yelling. Dinner is silent except for the sounds of 30-plus forks and knives on plates.


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Donations For DYC
Are Welcome

The DYC is funded by Christians committed to reaching the deaf of the next generation. There are no special endowments or grants supporting this ministry. Recent years have been especially difficult, both in finding campers and funding, due to competing secular deaf camp experiences. Donations may be sent to Mary Burgesen, MBCD Treasurer, at the business address listed below.