Rancho Sordo Mudo is a free Christian boarding 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. Because of this amazing ministry and story, STM partnered with RSM between 2007-2008 to produce an award winning feature length documentary and small group study called Hearing Everett.
Since the completion of the Hearing Everett Project, the Ranch has continued its current mission but has also expanded its vision. RSM not only wants to continue to reach the deaf children of Mexico and while engaging people into service from within the boundaries of the Ranch, but also seeks to equip and send out others to start ministering to the deaf throughout Latin America and eventually globally. One of the key elements involved in accomplishing this goal would be the construction of a Training Center/Auditorium at RSM. This facility would provide classrooms and a lecture hall for students and volunteer staff at the Ranch to complete courses designed to equip them to go out and start other deaf ministries based on the successful model the Ranch has employed for over 40 years. The facility would also be open to college students abroad from the United States and other countries to get specialized training as it pertains to deaf culture, evangelism to the deaf, and the establishment, maintenance, and operational functions of a deaf ministry.
In October of 2010, STM has once again partnered with RSM in the construction of a 3,500 sq ft missionary training center/auditorium. For this dream to become a reality, it’s going to take a lot of time, talents, and treasures. We invite you to become a part of the serving process by clicking on to the Participate page. Construction is expected to start at the end of 2010.