My name is Megg Rose and I’m the Founder of Deaf Women of Faith. I am a Christian, multi-talented Deaf woman, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Actress, musician, ASL Deaf Performing Artist, dancer, licensed esthetician, certified make-up artist, director, teacher and former Miss Deaf Oregon.
When I attended the first Global Women’s Ministry conference, I was in awe how massive the conference was. This event brought women from all over the world to worship and glorifying Jesus Christ. My heart was burdened by the fact that as a Deaf woman who loves God, I knew Deaf women didn’t have a place like this to belong. I was staring at the stage, and I wanted to do something! That’s when God whispered,
“That’s where You come in, my child. Submit all your ways to me, and I will use you to Glorify me by bringing all Deaf women from all over the world together to follow me.”
My last sign from God was when He used my Deaf pastor Jeff Jackson’s wife, Maura Jackson who was at the conference with me who said,
“Megg, I can see you leading a Global Deaf Women’s Ministry.”
Ever since Maura confirmed God’s vision, I surrendered my entire life to follow Jesus. Over the years, I’ve followed His directions to establish Deaf Women of Faith (DWOF), and look what He has done. All the Glory to God! Only He made this happen, and the more I walked in obedience, the more He advanced His Kingdom. It kept growing day by day, and I humbly knew I was called to lead Deaf women world-wide. I knew that there were not enough strong DEAF leaders that truly understand who Christ really is and the Fruit of the Spirit. There has been a lot of misunderstanding and lack of proper interpretation due to a lack of accessibility for the Deaf. English is our second language, and there’s hardly any accessibility for us to grow in our faith. I know that many Deaf people are the last people on earth to hear the word of GOD due to lack of accessibility and lack of empowerment to participate in ministries. There are over 70 billion Deaf people or people with hearing loss across the world, and I’m determined to break barriers to “school” others and open their eyes by using His ministries to truly see what the Deaf are facing daily.
I know what it’s like to grow up with no language in the home and in the church. For years I had trouble understanding what it meant to have a real relationship with Christ until I met Pastor Jeff Jackson, who is a Deaf pastor at Laurelglen Bible Church in Bakersfield, CA (Laurelglenbible.org). I’ve overcome so many storms in my life, and I kniow Jesus has always been the captain on my sail boat. I waited all my life to find someone who could teach me about Jesus, and He used Pastor Jeff Jackson who is Deaf like me. God used Pastor JJ to help clear up all the misunderstandings over the years. I want other women to gain the confidence that I have in my relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal savior.
I was redeemed from all the pain I had to endure for years since my childhood. Now imagine how many more Deaf people are suffering from lack of accessibility to God’s word, lack of understanding of who He really is! I thank GOD for social media. I started DWOF on Facebook because I wanted to reach Deaf women globally who don’t have accessibility in their hometown to hear the word of God. I had envisioned this ministry to be a “one stop. one spirit. one love. one faith” for all Deaf women to come together to worship, to fellowship, and to be equipped with the ability to allow GOD to use each other for each other’s needs and to bless one another. God has performed so many miracles in my life, and in many lives of others who are being impacted-redeemed-saved because of the clear accessibility in American Sign Language to His word through me. It’s such a blessing for me to witness their transformation in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Being Deaf helped them believe that God does not make mistakes, and they believe now that God can use them too.
I’ve been traveling all over the world to share God’s greatness through my physical illnesses: Autoimmune disease, Lupus, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ileostomy & as a confident Deaf individual. It’s truly a privilege that God has used my life to impact so many others’ lives through my workshops, musical performances, conferences, and guest speaking engagements. If you wish to book me to come to your church or event please go to our Booking page, or if you have any questions please go to Contact page: ASLSoundofMusic@gmail.com// DWOFBooking@gmail.com// DeafWomenofFaith@gmail.com
My Deaf community knows a lot about my love for music, and I have numerous Facebook//Instagram//YouTube music videos to show how important worshipping God and how experiencing music is a vital part of our walk with Jesus Christ. It expresses my most intimate thoughts and desires from my heart. It trains me to have a continuously thankful heart and keep my eyes on Christ.
Colossians 3:16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
All my life I’ve seen a lot of Deaf people who are not highly exposed to music because there is NO fluent accessibility, and we always have to end up working to find a song that has accessibility. Is it humane to have to wait for a song to be accessible when other hearing people have access to music 24/7? I am a Music Artist and lover. Music is NOT designed for people to have to fight to get inspired or healed. It is truly a struggle to simply find access to a song. Music is a place where we need to feel we belong, loved, uplifted, and know that we’re not alone. Every type of music has a story, and every Deaf person needs to be reminded that we are not alone. If there is hardly any accessibility to music or we are constantly having to wait for access, can you imagine how much my Deaf community misses out? It’s no wonder why they don’t love music. No one should “fight” for pure joy through music.
I am determined to change this through my love for music as a Deaf individual. I want to change that through my musical performances because this is about His spirit and His message. I’ve always believed that Music is about what our hearts sound like. I want everyone to see His spirit through my musical performances. I am thankful to my grandmother for introducing me to the music world through her piano. She introduced me to one of my favorite famous movies, The Sound of Music. It was the doorstep to my love for music. I’ve directed musical plays in Deaf schools and I’ve produced my own music videos where I translate music’s lyrics into ASL for my Deaf audience. There are so many young Deaf children who don’t even know of any of the popular trends of musical plays or songs that other younger hearing children know by heart!
I truly believe that people don’t need ears to hear music… Our hearts will play the music. I hope that my heart will change lives out there to see Christ’s masterpiece and glory. I am still creating music videos for my Deaf community, and they can be found on all of my social media accounts.
My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11-14 because it’s exactly what He did with my life. He changed my storms into something greater. He changed them into bigger opportunities that went beyond my imagination.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”