The Vacation Begins
In 1997 the Hauser family was vacationing at Cornerstone Christian Music Festival in Bushnell, IL. As I, (Jeff Hauser) was walking up to get some
breakfast, I walked by the Coffee House tent where I saw two young ladies wearing cardboard signs taped to their chests that read "We need a sign
language interpreter can you help?". My first response, as I walked by, was anger at God because there were 25,000 people at this festival and He had no
one in place to serve these woman. I mean these two had to embarrass themselves by taping signs to their chests. I was really angry, then the Lord
spoke to my heart (no, I don't hear voices) and He said "You are right. There are 25,000 people who have just walked past them, just like you did." I was
so convicted that I turned around and walked back to them. Now, you have to understand something, I didn't know any deaf people, didn't know any sign
language, hadn't even seen the movie "Children of A Lesser God", so I knew I would be no help to them at all, but my wife Betty Jo had taken a class
when she was in Jr. High school and then lived in a dorm with many students from the Iowa School for the Deaf. I had never actually watched her sign but
figured she would be better then nothing. I walked up to them and did what most uninformed people do with
deaf, I just talked loud. "I CAN'T HELP YOU GUYS, BUT MAYBE MY WIFE CAN", and they just looked at me.
So I grabbed one of them by the elbow and led them back to our tent, where I made some lame attempt at
introducing them to each other. Betty Jo spent the whole weekend finger spelling, when they got what she was
spelling they would sign "stop" show her the word for what she was signing then she would move on to the next
word. It was slow going, but it was better than nothing. The following year a friend of ours sent us some blue
baseball caps and we used sizing material to iron the image/sign for "Interpreter" on the front of them thinking if
other deaf come, maybe they would spot us. We didn't meet any deaf, but we did meet several young ladies
who saw the hats we were wearing and approached us saying "Are you interpreters too?" and that was the first
un-official networking for what would later become Hands In Motion.That same year we just started sending
each of the three to different stages and told them "just push you way to the front of the stage, turn around and
start signing" (this was the beginning of our aggressive, get it done style). At this point we are still un-officially
serving at Cornerstone Festival and it's still a family vacation.
Year Three Brings Big Changes
Part of my serving at Cornerstone was working with Don Vienot of Midwest Christian Outreach www.midwestoutreach.org as he put together seminars for
the festival. On one of the afternoons as I was sitting and chatting with folks in the speaker hospitaility trailer I was approached by Darrin Hillis and he told
me he was putting together a festival in Memphis called "OneFest". He asked me "Would you be
willing to bring your deaf ministry to our festival?" I literally laughed in his face and said "What deaf
ministry?" His response was the deaf ministry that you are doing here at C-Stone and I made it clear
that we didn't have a deaf ministry at C-Stone, it was just a family vacation that had a few service
projects involved like working with the speakers or helping the electricians, it was just a few days
thing. Darrin was more insightful than me and said "No, really, you have a ministry going on here and
we want you to bring it to Memphis", so I said I would talk with Betty Jo and we would pray about it. It
didn't take long before we were trying to figure out how we might recruit "co-servants" to help in
Memphis. While we were seaching for folks to help and figuring out how we would get a big chunk of
time off from work, since C-Stone and OneFest were weeks apart, it dawned on me that there might
be other festivals out there that could be used to reach the deaf. Sure enough, within a month we had
four! It was rough finding people, but amazingly every festival had people serving. From this first road
year the Lord made it abundantly clear NEVER TURN DOWN AN EVENT, I WILL BRING THE CO-SERVANTS and He has been faithful.
Each following year more festivals were added and we had to work harder on the home front to secure the time off from jobs to go to the events, because
the "vacation" was eating up more and more time -time for finding people, time to plan logistics, time to work with festival directors, time to get the word
out about and to deaf community. In the end, I became a "stay at home dad", mostly because Betty Jo has more earning power (I'm a high school
drop-out). Betty Jo's call was to signing, mine to administration. It was really a challenge because I am a horrid fundraiser and have been shown that a
ministry needs to rise and fall on it's merit, not on funding schemes and the idea that "If it's worthy people will see that and support it" So this family of 7
had it's needs met, but really nothing more (at least from the world's point of view) and we kept chugging away at doing the work of the King and Hands In
Motion.
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Just Music Festivals?
Our first major event in year five was a gathering called "FireUp" put on by our friends at Youth For Christ (Go MichiganYUPPERS!) in Marquette, MI. and
it was here we met Ms. Jennifer Noyes who was an event Director for a ministry called Youth Encounter. Jennifer also has a deaf sister and she asked if
she could sign for a particular band and of course, often being short handed we said "go for it!" later she mentioned that it would be awesome to bring deaf
ministry to their events. My response was smiley, but doubtful since I don't see God's plans down the road very far. Several weeks later, we got a call
from her and were invited to 8 the first year. This worked so well because the majority of their events run December to April, a kind of "off" season to us. It
also really added miles on the van and put even bigger dents in in the home schedule and pocket book. Y.E. is also a ministry after our own hearts
because it is so relational, just like the work we try to do with deaf people.
6-9 "The Learning Years
It's been an amazing experience being a part of this "Unintentional ministry" called Hands In Motion and over the last few years we have grown to over
120 co-servants nationwide and about 22,000 visitors a month to this website. We have developed other areas of this ministry also including teaching
seminars on "Motivating to Minister", where we challenge people to think in terms of starting their own ministries instead of "pre-packaged" ministries.
These seminars have been well received at youth events, conferences and festivals and even in a
church or two along the way. Betty Jo and I also find ourselves doing a fair deal of counseling
artists we meet. These are folks that spend a great deal of time on the road, mostly making just
enough to get from one show to another and are away from family alot. We are in a great place,
because we are not in the "Industry", but we are not out of it either. We can offer insight from 9
years of "hanging with the stars" (trust me it's not that impressive) to dealing with marital and
family issues. Lastly, this year has opened the doors to advising new Chistian music events and
festivals, all of these things have been given to us at the same time we have not lost our first call,
to be a "doorbell" to the deaf when Christ stands at the door and knocks. Knocks
10-15 "the Still Learning Years"
Hands In Motion was never designed by Christ to be one of those "find our niche and sit on it" ministries. we never wanted to Just serve the Deaf or Just serve the Artists or whatever. It has been very fluid from the beginning. Some have asked "you guys are awesome at deaf ministry, why not just focus on that?" Our response is that our first call is to hear the hear the Heart of Christ beating in our lives. As much as it would be easier to just set back sending out fundraising letters for our narrow deaf outreach we would miss the sound of "GO INTO ALL THE WORLD" We have learned that everywhere we turn there is work to be done, if we are meant to be harvesters, what makes any of us thinks we get to choose the fielf or the grain we will harvest?
10-15 has been not so much a maturity of the deaf ministry, but a high wire act of making sure that anything we do is done well since we want to please the Boss, not because of blessings or crowns, but because we see a hurting world and these things need to be done.
We also been able to see many of our co-servents service with us evolve as they grow up get married and start families. Some started with as young as 11 years old. We have seen others see our works and become Interpreters themselves and others move on to plant their own ministries.One other interesting fact we found out, in 15 years not one of the 120+ volunteers have died. Trust me it's not because they serve with us. It's just evidence that the fields are ripe and there are not enough harvesters so Jesus keeps them as long as He feels is necessary.
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