THE REASON & DESIGN
Can you tell we love the Princess Bride? Our nod to an iconic line from it aside, there’s a real issue with Christians and non-Christians alike, running rampant in our culture these days. This issue leads to confusion, damaged or abandoned faith, false expectations, and even worse — a misunderstanding of the amazing, holy, and very caring God we serve. (And consequentially, very compassionate Christians as well.) It all comes down to the constant use of the word “love”, and the super-nuanced, very broad, often-vague, and increasingly subjective meaning it holds in our western culture.
“God is love”. A “loving” God would never (finish this sentence however you’d like). Christians need to be more “loving.” Statements like this are very common, yet when was the last time you stopped and asked, “What do you mean by that?” Or, almost more importantly, “Why do you believe that? What scripture(s) gave you that understanding?”
Scripture was mostly written in Classic Hebrew and Koine Greek, both now dead languages that are admittedly hard to fully grasp. That said, a rather easy thing to understand is they both had very, very specific words for each aspect of what we call “love”. This use of separate words allows one to understand what exactly God means when He uses the word love, is said to be love, and calls us to love in various scriptures. We encourage you to look further into this because, well, you keep using that word. And we do not think it means what you think it means.
Imagine a life where you can only communicate through pointing and body language. Imagine being outcast and treated worse than someone with a highly contagious disease, even though you have no such disease, nor control over being born without the ability to hear.
Many of us both speak and hear speech every day, all day, without giving it a second thought. And when we think of someone who is deaf, we may sympathize with their situation, but for those of us in developed countries, we do not realize what it’s like to be deaf in a community that has no support, no sign language, no resources, and really no way to communicate.
There is estimated to be over 32 million deaf children in the world. In developing countries, where roughly 80% of deaf children reside, they are frequently overlooked, and even isolated and outcast. Education provided for deaf children in developing countries is rare, and in both Ethiopia and Uganda they are outcast to a greater extent than any other group, including lepers.
Because deaf children have such unique needs, it takes a unique effort to serve them, especially deaf children living in poverty conditions
MODEL WEARING THIS SHIRT STYLE
Anvil’s take on the “iconic” ringer t-shirt from the 1950s and 1960s.
- Contrast color binding at neck and sleeves
- Double-needle stitched bottom hem
Non-Heather Colors = 100% combed ring-spun cotton. Softness level = 7. Print = Vibrant Sharp.
Heather Grey = 90% cotton/10% polyester Softness level 7.5. Print = Vibrant Retro/vintage.
Other Heather Colors = 35% cotton/65% polyester Softness level 8.5. Print = Vibrant Retro/vintage.
- Machine wash cold, inside-out, gentle cycle with mild detergent and similar colors.
- Use non-chlorine bleach, only when necessary. No fabric softeners.
- Tumble dry low, or hang-dry for longest life.
- Cool iron inside-out if necessary. Do not iron decoration.
- Do not dry clean.