Big faith moment…moving to Florida

Big faith moment…moving to Florida

February 2012.

NEW BEGINNING IN FLORIDA! A few months ago I shared, “God has great things, even surprising things planned in the coming year.  The past is past, finished, and God is doing a new thing!”  I did not realize at that time “new thing” would include moving. After being in Oklahoma since 1989, God is leading us to move to Tampa, Florida. Rhonda and I sense a great excitement in what God is doing.

This picture of Rhonda and me was taken at Siesta Key Beach in Florida. We look forward to moving to Florida soon and appreciate your ongoing prayers!

Isaiah 43:19-21 reads, Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

This is what I sense for DMW and the Deaf Harvest Field—NEW BEGINNING!  NEW LIFE!  REVIVAL!  LIVES CHANGED!

The past few years has been a trying time, a rough time.  Since John and Marva moved to Oregon, two years ago, we still have not found replacements for them.  In addition, it’s been difficult to find volunteers to help with the  many ongoing and increasing ministry responsibilities.  Much of the work has fallen on Rhonda and me.  Add to that the health issues I’ve had, off and on since 2009 in regards to Lyme Disease—Oklahoma has not been the ideal place to be treated.  Several times we’ve travelled out of state for me to see a specialist.  Thanks to God, and the prayers of His people, I am doing well.  God has renewed my strength and my spirit, and I am looking forward to this NEW BEGINNING!

Through a series of circumstances God has opened the door and given us favor with ministries, churches, and individuals in Florida.  Out of the “clear blue sky” we’ve had Deaf and hearing people contact us in recent months about wanting to be involved in the ministry.  And guess where they live?  Florida!  We are excited to learn that Florida is the #3 populated state in the United States for Deaf people.  There is a huge mission field right there.

Inspirational "Moments of Faith" Lighthouse Sculpture is fashioned of resin with elegant bronze tone finish and is displayed on smooth black wooden base with felt lining. Accent plaque is inscribed with the Scripture from John 8:12. Base is 7" x 5.5"; 7" tall.

Now is a great time to join with us in the NEW BEGINNING God has started.  We covet your prayers as God goes before us and makes the path straight.  And we ask you to join us with your financial contribution today.  Right now we are focusing on the costs related to the move—$7,500 right away.

We are praying and believing God to raise up Ministry Partners to join with us NOW and make a generous donation of $500 or more.  As a token of our appreciation we will send you this “Moments of Faith” Lighthouse Sculpture.  

You can either send a one-time $500 gift OR

donate $50 now and pledge $50 a month for the next nine months (total of $500).

On the Lighthouse Sculpture is inscribed one of my favorite scriptures, John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness because you will have the light that leads to life.”

This NEW BEGINNING is a BIG MOMENT OF FAITH for us and we believe it will result in more Deaf people and their families having the light that leads to life!  

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On the comment section be sure to write “Ministry Partner”.  If you prefer to mail your donation, send it to Deaf Ministries Worldwide, P.O. Box 10755, Tampa, FL  33679.

Every gift is important, large or small, and very much needed at this time.  Please send your best gift now.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND GENEROUS SUPPORT!

I will keep you up-to-date in the days and weeks ahead regarding our exciting NEW BEGINNING journey. 



  • Julie Ann Lanz says:

    Be praying for both of you. Will write more via email.

  • Jody Hornbrook says:

    Exciting news of what God is leading you to do! I will be praying for you.

  • Thank you for your prayers…your prayers mean so much!

  • Mike & Carol Brabo says:

    Rejoicing with you in our heavenly Father’s faithfulness all these years and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:12-14
    Grace, strength, peace and love in the Lamb,
    Mike & Carol

  • Mike & Carol, We appreciate you both so much. Thank you for your kind comment. Our Father God is surely so faithful! God bless you!

  • Joyce LaHaye says:

    Our prayer for you that God send his words and plan for his purpose.. Like you say New Things.. Yes, New things mean anything moving etc.. Smile~ God is awesome in your ministry and am looking forward to hear more about your ministry.. Also pray for Deaf Ministry that I am now involve, His Strength in me, His Love in me, His Compassion in me, His Wisdom in me.. I am struggling now with no Spiritual Deaf people but Hearing still my Spiritual Prayer and support me.. I pray more Deaf involve and come worship the Lord.. Like you say past is past, but for the Deaf their feeling still in the past and still not want to give up their worldly.. I pray God give me wisdom to show His Mercy His Love and His Kindness.. I know can’t do anything myself only Jesus.. Love you both so much.. Love ya in the Lord, Joyce LaHaye

  • yamile says:

    Hi dear Gary, and Rhonda. We have been praying for your all along, and will continue. The Lord guide you both, with his divine wisdom, strenght, joy, and peace. Much blessings,a nd love to you both. Shalom!

  • Sharon Smith says:

    Praying for you both! The best is yet to come! God has great things in store for you. Will keep you in prayer. God bless you always in your going out and coming in. Amen!!

  • Joyce, beautiful comment. Thank you dear. God is so awesome and so faithful. Gary and I will be praying for the Deaf ministry you’re involved in. My prayer too….may God give us more wisdom to show His mercy, love, and kindness to others. Jesus may we see with Your eyes, be Your hands and feet. Jesus live through us and draw lost Deaf to You! Love and hugs to you!

  • Yamila, Thank you for your faithful prayers.Amen! Amen! Amen! Shalom!

  • Sharon, “The best is yet to come” THAT is exactly what God has been speaking to our heart. We rejoice in all God has planned and look forward to Him revealing it to us step by step and day by day. God bless you!

  • Brian says:

    Gary and Rhonda ,
    We are happy to hear you guys moving to Florida ….we know God have plan for you both and thanks for doing the work for the Lord …God bless
    Brian, Marie and Adriel

  • John Graham says:

    What surprising! I am so excited that God has a called you both to ministry in Florida. My prayer is with you in God’s perfect guidance. Blessings to you both, John

  • Thanks, Brian and Marie. We appreciate your kind comments and know you will be praying for us as we take this big step of faith. We’re excited about the future and look forward to the great and mighty things God has planned for the Deaf. God bless you and your family and His grace be with you always!


  • martha says:

    i be praying for you and your family as you prepare for the move, and i dont have much to offer you but myself. i will continue to pray for you all as you plan the move to FL. May God shine your path to show you His path. i need prayers myself as i am praying for a deaf church here in Rantoul, IL, a small town. smile, PTL for His everlasting arms of love, martha

  • Martha, your prayers mean the world to us. What you have to offer is exactly what Jesus would have you offer—prayers! Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. We will put you in our prayer file and pray for you on “Prayer Friday” which we do every Friday. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a wonderful day and may His blessings and grace be upon you today and always!


  • Gary & Rhonda says:

    Refresh in God’s Glory to move on new ministry in Florida. Let God his hand to your life ahead of you. We contuine praying for your future…. What God will restore for you both? Mystery
    Don & Milada

  • Karen Batts says:

    Your new life… may God lead deaf to have passion for Your Presence and Your Word. Help them through the guide of Gary and Rhonda teaching to sense the presence of Your Holy Spirit. May deaf learn to exalt You! Love You enough to put You first and serve You. May the OUTPOURING of the Holy Spirit be so rich that it will energize deaf to devote only You.

    It is my prayer that healing and strength come, because the Barrett have been obediance to Your calling. It is my prayer that I John 5:14-15 be fullfilled in their lives.

    I John 5:14-15 This is the confidence that we have in Him, that IF we ask anything according to His Will, HE HEARS us. And IF we KNOW that HE HEARS us, WHATEVER we ask, WE KNOW that we have the petitions that WE HAVE ASKED of HIM.

    Go for it! Make your petitions, and Nothing will be DIFFICULT no matter what the circumstances, the Holy Spirit will onslaughter the evil that is in our culture living, YOU WILL rise above it! God will enable you! Praise God for the Holy Spirit who has NO PROBLEM neutralizing the power of the enemy attempting to pour out evil in our lives. For you have an excellent spirit like Daniel 6:3 which was in him an excellent spirit. Draw yourselves close to God…total restoration will be transform…your understanding will be enlightened and you will know the HOPE of Your Calling and what is the exceeding greatness of God’s Power (Ephesians 1:17-19).

    Finally Father, Anoint the Barrett with “the OIL of JOY” (Isaiah 61:3) and refresh them with Your Spirit and set them free from any destruction….In your Name, Jesus.


    Karen Batts

  • Don and Milada, It truly is a mystery and life is surely an exciting journey with our Savior and Leader, Jesus. We thank you so much for your prayers and look forward to keep you posted on what God does next. Love and hugs.

  • Karen, AMEN! WOW…amazing prayer and words of blessing! We receive this in the Almighty Name above every name Jesus. He is able to do more than we could ever ask or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20)…AND HE IS! In His presence is joy and nothing compares to living His plan. Very encouraged by this word of exhortation.

  • David says:

    May God’s peace and grace be with you as you both head toward the frontier of a new dawn. One that is sure to be blessed with the fruits of your labor as the Lord God looks down upon you both and pours out His Spirit upon you two. In the Lord —

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