DENISON,TX---A new car or van could help a local deaf church group grow their numbers by bringing members to class.
These people are members of a small group that meets for worship and a message Sunday mornings at the First Christian Church in Denison.
Steve and Vonda Hamilton help assist the group on Sundays; they say having a place for the group to meet is important.
"Without a church service for the deaf, how can they have the christian encouragement, fellowship." said Vonda Hamilton.
Members travel from across the area to attend class on Sundays, but for some who can't get there by car, they get help from a friend.
"I can only get 5 people in the car, and I take them to church and I drop them off, and then I go and get another group of people and I pick them up. I get two more people and bring them in and drop them off to church." said Deren.
Donn van Deren repeats that process every sunday, sometimes having to make two trips in his red car. He hopes if there is someone out there with an extra car that they'd help.
"I'm praying that people will help, deaf and hearing people will come and help Terry and Dorris so they can get a van." said Deren.
Terry and Dorris Dowling lead the class. They hope the class can keep growing, but when people can't get there, they know many of the deaf won't be able to experience the message, something the Hamilton's fear.
"There's an estimated 250 million deaf people in the world, and only 1 to 2 percent are christians, and one of the reasons why is because they haven't had the opportunity to know Jesus Christ." said Hamilton.
"I know that many deaf people, they need their own ministry." said Dowling.
A year ago the Hamiltons donated their used van but it broke down. The group hopes there might be someone else who could help.
"We pray that somebody might have, whatever they have, you know give your best. My best was not good, but it worked for 8 months, give your best." said Hamilton.
You can contact Dorris Dowling at 903-327-5966 for information on class times and donations.