Rancho Sordo Mudo, Mexico


Rancho Sordo Mudo is a Christian School for the deaf children of Mexico, established in 1969. The ranch sits on 500 acres of land in the Valle de Guadalupe, about 20 miles east of Ensenada. Rancho Sordo Mudo was founded by Ed and Margaret Everett, who answered the call to become missionaries, packed up their family of six children, converted a school bus into a poor mans Winnebago, and after saying goodbye to North Carolina, made the journey to Ensenada Mexico. There they founded and built what has now become a home and school for nearly six hundred deaf children who over the years have lived at the ranch. Their mission is to not only provide a language and education to these children, but to expose them to the love of Jesus Christ. Their ministry is a faith based ministry, which means they have never solicited for funds, but have relied totally on God to bring people with the hearts and resources to meet their needs.

The ranch is currently being directed by second generation Everett’s, Luke and Eddie, who made the trip with their father and mother way back in 1969. Over the years, the ranch has produced many life changing stories and miracles. It also serves as testament to how God can use the average person to achieve above average results for His kingdom. Luke travels to many churches and civic groups, sharing this story, along with the message that “God has a plan for your life” taken from Jeremiah 29:11.

Strong Tower Ministries believes that Rancho Sordo Mudo brings a message of hope and inspiration to everyone that is so powerful that it should be made available to anyone wanting to hear and see it. It is because of that vision that in January of 2007, STM partnered with Rancho Sordo Mudo in producing a documentary film version of their story. The film was titled Hearing Everett and told the story of the ranch, seen through the eyes of Luke and Eddie Everett. Its purpose was to illustrate how God could take an ordinary man living in North Carolina and lead him into Mexico to minister to the needs of the deaf children, one of the most overlooked and neglected groups falling victim in that society. It was designed to inspire young and old alike, motivating them to find God’s purpose for their life and then empowering them to have the courage to step out on faith and fulfill it. Accompanying the film would be a small group series which would include short documentaries and a four week curriculum that is would direct people on how to experience the journey of serving in their own lives.

Hearing Everett went into production in the Spring of 2007 and was completed for limited distribution in December of 2008. Since that time, Hearing Everett has won and been recognized in film festivals across the United States, Canada, and Europe. It has been viewed by over 30,000 people, and there have been countless testimonies from people that have begun the journey of serving in their own lives after viewing the film and participating in the small group study.

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