February 23, 2011

TESTIMONY OF ALAN BEER

HE HEARS THEIR CRY AND SAVES THEM

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
--Psalm 145:19


I grew up orally in a Jewish family in New Jersey near New York City.  We went to the synagogue once in a while, especially for the High Holy Days.  We also celebrated Passover and Chanukah in the home every year.  However, I was hard of hearing and could not understand what was being said during the synagogue service.  At school, I mainstreamed with hearing students and was fortunate to graduate from high school in 1980.  I went to a hearing college in Pennsylvania.  This was the time before when the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted.  The college years were very difficult for me because I had communications problems in and out of the classroom. In spite of the academic and social challenges, I was able to graduate with a B.A. degree in Economics in 1985. 

I moved to Florida in 1995 for a new computer programming job.  When I was 34 years old, I had a head injury from a fall from passing out at work in the men restroom.  I spent 5 days in a hospital.  The doctors were not able to determine the exact cause of the fainting.  The head injury caused my hearing to deteriorate until I became profoundly deaf.  I had to learn sign language for better communication.  Depression, despair and hopelessness forced me to cry out to the God I did not yet know to save me.

Later in 1998, I moved to a different town in Florida where I met a deaf man who became my friend.  He felt like it was his responsibility to cause me to understand the spiritual truth about my Jewish Messiah, Jesus (Y'shua in Hebrew). He was successful.  When I clearly understood, of course, I accepted Him as my Messiah and Savior.  I was baptized a few months later.  God continues to teach and guide me.  He sustains me by strengthening and encouraging me.  I continue to put my trust in Him.  My knowledge and faith in Him have become a duty to share with others about Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Y'shua HaMashiach in Hebrew).  "I am crucified with Messiah: nevertheless I live; and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."  --Galatians 2:20.

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