Work for Deaf Persons

Seventh-day Adventist work for deaf persons is mentioned as early as 1879. At that time Ellen White wrote, “We were interested in Brother Kimbal, who is a mute and has been a missionary among the mutes” ( 4T 300). Although for many years Seventh-day Adventists had no organized work for deaf individuals, there were persons who devoted their time to giving the SDA message to them. As early as 1914 Agatha Kroeker, of Lincoln, Nebraska, instructed a young deaf woman in the SDA message in exchange for instruction in the use of sign language. Miss Kroeker then proceeded to carry on active evangelistic work for deaf persons, and even published a small missionary paper, The Best Friend of the Deaf . In one year she had collected more than 4,000 names of deaf persons in the United States. In 19...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.