The Speechless program is a group of talented young ladies from Baptist Home for Girls in Madill who perform sign language to modern Christian songs. The team is lead by a group effort of several housemothers on campus and usually consists of about ten girls. The songs are chosen by either the girls or the housemothers involved, the ASL (American Sign Language) signs are then learned by the housemothers who then teach the girls. The girls “perform” dressed in black pant suits.
The girls in Speechless earn credits for learning new songs and attending performances. When they have completed the requirements, they receive a team jacket with their name on it. The girls are proud of the jackets they earn and enjoy wearing them.
Speechless teaches the girls cooperation and teamwork by requiring the girls to sign uniformly. All the girls must stay together with their signs, or it takes away from the overall effectiveness of their message. They gain confidence in themselves by performing in front of small and large groups of people. They have performed for groups of 50 people as well as 1500 people. The girls also learn about commitment to the team by being assigned parts in a song. The other girls then depend on her to be responsible for learning her part as well as attending the performances.
If you have any questions about the Speechless program or would like to schedule them for a church service or function please email Art Brown or call the Baptist Home for Girls' office at 580-564-2218.
The girls choose songs that are meaningful to them, learn the signs and perform at churches and community functions across the state.
In this video, Speechless is shown performing a portion of "Thank You for Giving to the Lord" by Ray Boltz.