Houston’s oldest church for the deaf hopes to bring faith to a population not known for religion

First came the prayers and the congregational singing. Then the worshipers at Woodhaven Baptist Church tensed with excitement. Something special was about to happen. Recorded music boomed through the Spring Branch chapel as four middle-aged women, identically attired in eye-popping outfits, stepped up to the altar to deliver a meticulously choreographed rendition of a lively gospel tune.

The women, though, uttered nary a sound. The performance was greeted by a standing ovation. It, too, was silent. The lyrics and the resultant applause all were conveyed in American Sign Language. At Woodhaven, Houston’s oldest church for the deaf, there is more than one way to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Read the rest at Chron

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