MY HOUR OF DECISION

Billy Graham before a large audience
Billy Graham Preaching

My Hour of Decision
by Cathy Hart Harrison

On Sunday evenings, in the summer of 1951, mom turned on Dad’s bedside radio and we kids stretched out beside her on their big bed.

The voice of the excited host, Cliff Barrows came over the airwaves: “It’s time for The Hour of Decision with Evangelist Billy Graham. Stay tuned for our timely message from the Word of God. Get a blessing as our baritone soloist George Beverly Shea sings your favorite hymns!

Great hymns like The Old Rugged Cross, Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, and How great Thou Art, laid the foundation for the most important decision that I, 11-year-old Catherine, would make in my entire lifetime. The evangelist’s familiar voice boomed over the airwaves. His sense of urgency impressed me as he spoke.

“Our world is filled with troubles: war, famine, floods, and earthquakes! How can we find hope for the future? Sin and wickedness abounds everywhere. We have lost our moral compass.

We have gone our own way and made a mess of our lives. The greatest spiritual need of man is forgiveness of sin. We need a transformation of the human heart.

Jesus wants to fill you with His love, peace and joy, which is why He came into the world. God proved His love on the cross where Christ hung, bled, and died. It was God saying, ‘I love you’.

God’s Word declares that Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, is ‘the way, the truth, and the life’, according to the Gospel of John.

Ask God to forgive your sins, the wrong things you have done, cleanse your heart, and make you His child. Make this your hour of decision because tomorrow may be too late!

 

As you hear the closing hymn, I’m going to ask you to come forward and receive Christ as your Savior.  You can receive Christ into your heart while listening to the radio wherever you are. Do it today.”

Later that same night, I could not fall asleep… Read the rest of the story.

How to Communicate With Patients Who Can’t Speak

 

Free E-Book: How to Communicate With Patients Who Can’t Speak

 How Do You Communicate With a Patient Who Can’t Speak?

A Communication challenge has arisen in the intensive care unit of a local medical center.

No one was able to communicate with the patient who was paralyzed and had a tracheotomy in his throat. The patient was desperately trying to tell his family something but he couldn’t speak.

The nurse was called in to help. “Sorry we cannot help you. Call the Sign Language department and see if they can help,” was the nurses’ response.”

The sign language interpreter arrives and found that the patient does not know American Sign Language.

There is a person in town who teaches “lip reading.” He may be able to help. When I arrived and Looked the situation over, my question was; “How can I read lips of a patient with a tracheotomy in his throat and a tube in his nose?” The family was getting frustrated. There must be a solution, but where?

One of the nurses asked me to visit the security office, hoping they may be able to help. I explained the problem we were having with a patient who was trying convey a message. The security officer opened a drawer filled with papers and other stuff.

He handed me a sheet of paper that listed all the foreign language interpreters or translators that could be reached by phone. The patient spoke English. Now the hunt is escalated. Where can we get help?

I have received a letter from New York City asking for help, recently:

“Are there ‘professional’ lip readers? I’m in NYC and provide language interpreters. But lately we’ve had patients who can’t speak because of damage to their throat or similar issues. They can hear and don’t use sign language.

We want someone to come in and be like an interpreter. Most sign interpreters aren’t lip readers. 
Do you know any people who are interested in this kind of work?”
Thank You, D. Jondreau

While in the security office I noticed a paper that was written in Chinese. Even though I couldn’t read the Chinese language, I saw the solution I needed to communicate with my patient. It was so simple, so basic that I was dumbfounded. You will be surprised.

Get Free E-Book: How to Communicate With Patients Who Can’t Speak

Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

David M. Harrison, Advocate for Hearing Accessibility

Are You Considering a Cochlear Implant?

Are you considering a Cochlear Implant?

If your hearing loss has gotten to the point where hearing aids are not helping, then you may want to consider an implant. This decision is a life-long commitment. For more information read, “Steps to a Cochlear Implant.)

Start with an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor to see if you qualify. You will be appointed to apply with a surgeon to do the operation. They are few and far between and you may have to travel some to your nearest doctor.

I spent a day at Vanderbilt University Hospital get my getting my cochlear implant adjusted. The activation date was Jan. 5, 2017. Now that I have worn the implant for three months, it needed a number of adjustments to improve hearing perception.

Dr. Sara C. Unrein, Cochlear Implant Audiologist, gave many brilliant tips on how to personally adjust to the implant for better hearing. The technology is amazing and incredible. The unit partners with the Phonic behind the ear hearing aid on the left side. One button can adjust both sides to a comfortable level.

The Tele’coil system works wonders when talking on the phone, hooking up to the computer, radio or FM system where ever I can plug in the cord.

If you live in the greater Chattanooga area, you can make visit with me. We are forming a Cochlear Ear Association in Chattanooga along with the Hear Now Café.  We have several wonderful audiologists available to ask questions. Workshops on Lip Reading will be scheduled in the fall.

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Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

David M. Harrison, Hearing Loss Support Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing Loss is a Mission Field for Evangelism

Hearing loss is a mission field for evangelism.

What will it take for the church family to realize that people with hearing loss comprise one of these largest untapped mission fields in America?

More than 50 million Americans suffer mild to moderate hearing loss. This number is rapidly moving up to 100 million due to self-inflicted hearing loss. Only 2% of these people are full deaf and speak sign language.

90% of the hearing loss population may not attend church for one reason. The church is not hearing accessible for them to hear the Word of God clearly.

Some pastors will exclaim, “We have assistive listening devices in our church but no one uses them.” Great! How much advertising do you do to promote the listening system? Does the public know about it? Do visitors know where to go to get a listening unit? Is the listening system active and functioning?

Are your Bible study and prayer groups hearing accessible? These are critical issues to consider if you want to reach the friends with hearing loss with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Becoming a hearing accessible church is the most cost effective way to create a revival spirit of evangelism in the community.

You do not have to learn a new language; just make a few adjustment in attitude and willingness to minister to those with hearing loss. A number of them are already members of your church who have dropped out because of hearing loss.

There are many friends with hearing loss outside your church door waiting to be invited in to hear the Gospel. They will listen, believe and be saved if they can hear with the assistive listening devices. This is a massive untapped mission field waiting to be harvested. Let us begin the work while it is still day.

Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

David M. Harrison, Advocate for Hearing Accessibility

My Search for Hearing led me to a Cochlear Implant



My search for personal hearing led me to a Cochlear Implant (CI).   Hearing for the first time with my new Advance Bionic Naida CI Q90 cochlear implant felt overwhelming to me. This new technology has definitely improved my life.

Along with the implant, I received a Phonak companion hearing aid in the left ear. This is called bimodal technology for streaming media simultaneously to both ears. I hear in stereo when talking on the phone.

The AB manual states, “Using state-of –the-art technology, a cochlear implant bypasses the damaged part of an ear and sends electrical signals directly to the brain via the hearing nerve. Cochlear implants are currently the only medical technology able to functionally restore one of the five senses, which is why many physicians refer to cochlear implants as ‘technological miracles.’”

You can watch how this operation was performed. Warning! This video is graphic. Please be advised. The surgery was done in a couple of hours.

The healing process made me sleep a lot. On January 5, 2017 I was hooked up with the processor after several hours of programing the unit for me. Adapting to and identifying sounds I never heard before presented an exciting challenge. Beeps of all kinds, turn signals, water running, birds chirping, and the hum of the refrigerator just to name a few sounds I heard.

The cochlear implant is for people who can’t hear well enough with hearing aids. There are three companies that produce these implants and processors. Insurance may pay for the surgery and an implant, depending on the type of health insurance you carry.

If you are suffering from hearing loss and need greater help, check with your ENT doctor for an evaluation.

Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

David M. Harrison, Advocate for Hearing Accessibility

 

The Desire to Hear In Church

Your dream as a hard of hearing person is to hear and understand the message in church. You get tired of asking people to repeat facts that you missed.

In church you can’t understand much of the message, so you move toward the back of the congregation. You struggle to hear, and your hearing aids are not picking up the sound.

You feel frustrated and discouraged with sadness in your heart. You want to enjoy the sermon, but how can that happen? Where do I find a solution for my disability?

Complaining to your spouse or family members just leads to arguments and put downs. You need help to solve this problem. Should I purchase another hearing aid at a higher price? You don’t know where to go for help to find a solution for your hearing dilemma.

It hurts when you can’t hear what’s going on. You want to laugh with the audience when a joke is told without asking someone to interpret or repeat the punch line.

You ponder the thought of dropping out church and watching a service on TV. That is not the same as a live service with friendly people. Isolation is not a solution for any hard of hearing person. You deserve better than that: A hearing accessible ministry which offers assistive listening devices for anyone in need. There are other options that work for you.

Don’t let your dream die or give up hope. You will be able to hear the word of God.

Imagine yourself being able to hear and understand everything with confidence. Let My People Hear is in the ministry of establishing hearing centers in local churches for hard of hearing people.

We are working on a series of blog posts that deal specifically with making the church hearing accessible. There is hope for you. Stay tuned and learn.

Make hearing accessibility a matter of prayer for the millions who are hard of hearing. It is a vast mission field that needs help to hear.

Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

David M. Harrison, Advocate for Hearing Accessibility