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Faith/Religion
2:45 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Hands of worship: A conversation with a pastor for the deaf

Pastor Randy Dignan of Bible Baptist Church welcomes the deaf congregation to worship on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in Jefferson City, Mo.
Credit Ryan Schuessler, Columbia Faith & Values / KBIA

Worshippers rhythmically sign songs to each other. A flurry of hand motions spells out which Bible verses are to be read. The pastor moves his hands dramatically, with impassioned facial expressions to accompany the movements. The only sounds you hear are the occasional cough, maybe knuckle cracking, or the sound of one hand hitting the other in the sign for “Amen.” 

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