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Like a shining light
in the darkness,
Vernon Miller had
penetrated the silence.
There was also a Bible school started for the deaf, and
graduates of the school pastored churches for the deaf
throughout Peru. In 1994, there were numbers of
churches that had been established.
Like a shining light in the darkness, Vernon Miller had
penetrated the silence and had changed their world
FOREVER. Multitudes would never be the same again.
Isaiah described it all when he penned: “The Spirit of the
Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed
me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent
me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to
the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that
are bound...to comfort all that mourn...to give unto them
beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment
of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:1–3).
WHAT A LESSON FOR EACH OF US! More than 50
years ago Vernon Miller’s pastor preached a message
on missions... NEXT MORNING—suitcase in hand—
”WHAT DO I DO NEXT?”
Robert Frost had it right!
Two roads diverged
in a yellow wood…
And I—I took the one
less traveled by,
and that has made all the
difference. Some time ago, Vernon Miller closed his eyes in a nursing
home in Florida and opened them in Heaven. He heard
our Lord say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”…
words we all hope to hear. But when we do, those words
will not mean to us what they meant to Vernon Miller
because they were the first words he ever heard
...for Vernon Miller
From the first missionary to the deaf in 1965, there have
been scores of others who like Vernon and Velma would
was himself deaf! 2
bridge the darkness of silent desolation with the glorious
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book
light of the Gospel of Jesus. These included Ron and Sue
Henson, Clifford and Helen Smith, Jim and Joyce Sloan,
Bobby and Lisa Gunter, Keith and Jane Ford, Kim and
2. James Ray, “The Road Less Traveled,” BIMI WORLD,
Reggie Rempel, and others.
Number 1, 2007, 2.
Deaf School in Peru