"My children, our love should not be just words and talk, it must be true love which shows itself in action"
I John 3:18
Dawn Barbee: Activities Director
Creative, skilled in dance and sign, excellent in teaching, in love with the Lord, full of energy, gutsy, and with a heart for ministry. She began sign classes as soon as she could drive (this was before we had "transportation specialists") and has been here ever since. With her creativity and level headedness, big plans come together well. Because of her heart for reaching people for Jesus Christ, our ministry team is in good hands with her. Go for it Dawn!
Charlie Cox: Technical Advisor
He is proof that you can grow into ministry. He began his HANDPRINTS experience as a second grader in the King's Army. Now with nineteen years of sign classes to his credit, he has become involved in every aspect of the ministry. Charlie's expertise deals with computers and audio recording. In 2000, he began sharing this gift with HANDPRINTS by digitizing the audio for the summer drama. Next came the digital recording of the speaking parts for the children involved in this ministry. He also is a transporter whenever possible, part of the ministry team, and secretary/treasurer of the board.
By the way, he created this website! It is great to have him on board.
Cindy Cozad: Executive Director / Founder / President
Cindy Cozad, the founder of HANDPRINTS, is one committed person. Many years ago, she had a vision and felt led by God to start a Christian organization that would help bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds for Christ. She, along with others, gathered to start what God had called them to do. Thus, HANDPRINTS was born! Starting in 1981, part of the mission to the deaf has entailed the production of dramas that are done both in American Sign Language and English. In 1987, Cindy and company also began another outlet of ministry by holding sign language classes for children. Many people have come and gone over the years, but Cindy is the one person who has remained in HANDPRINTS since its inception. She loves the Lord and is a joy to serve the Lord with. One thing about HANDPRINTS is that you do not need to worry about its leadership, and Cindy is a great example of this. Keep it up Cindy!
Tara has felt God leading her to take a sign class and is presently in the King's Army interpreting class. In the summer of 2003, she chose to team-teach with Mrs. Cozad for summer sign programs and everything has mushroomed from there. She is now our main teacher for the King's Army classes. This is great because the kids love her, which in turn means they learn a lot!