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HANDS THAT TOUCH MINISTRIES, INC
GOSPEL SIGN LANGUAGE MUSIC MINISTRY
Hands That Touch is a Non-Profit 501c3 Gospel Sign Language Music Ministry, Inc that brings the Word of God to life through music and signing. Hands That Touch consists of the hearing impaired, those who are deaf, and sign language interpreters who minister the Word of God in song,often along with featured Dancers, Vocalists and Musicians.
In 1992, Crystal Scott lost her hearing due to illness (Menegitis) and an error in medication. As the deaf culture became part of her new life style. Crystal discovered that she often had to fight the challenges of society and its lack of knowledge of deaf culture. These challenges have inspired her to fight for equal access for the deaf community.
In 1994, Crystal won the Chancellors Community Service Award from the City of San Francisco. As a result of her community service, she became The First African American hearing impaired Paramedic in the State of California. In 1996, she returned to her hometown of Pasadena,Ca. Later that year, she became a born-again Christian.
In 1996, She and a few interpreters began to bring music to life in Sign Language at a Womens Christian Retreat. This was the birth of "Hands That Touch." As she took the principles of God's Word and applied them to her life, she watched God open doors in a mighty way.
Crystal became active in many other arenas. She joined the Christians International Modeling Association to challenge herself to model for the first time since she lost her hearing. Due to her dedication to perform as well as those with hearing, she won a trophy for being Most Dedicated.
As she continued to grow in the integrity of God's Word and apply His principles to her life, Crystal began to face new and unexpected opposition-challenges within the church encountered by persons with disabilities. Through research she found that many churches couldn't meet the needs of the hearing impaired community. God has given her a vision to sing Gospel Music in Sign Language as an outward expression of how God's blessings have manifested in her life.
In 1997 CVS Productions was born. Crystal began to take scriptures and arrange them into songs, but she had no one to sing them for her. Through prayer, patience, and waiting on God. Christian Singers and Musicians began to emerge. From this new birth came the first CD released entitled "My First Love." Since then, the Hand That Touch ministry has been in great demand, as Crystal and others minister to both hearing and deaf communities.
In 1998, Lady Bugg Publishing came into effect to publish all Music, and Music Videos.
As they went out to share the Word of God in sign and song, it stirred up amazement and a new beginning for what God is doing with the hearing impaired and the deaf in their community.
In 1998, Crystal won a Glory Award for "Building Bridges and Closing the Gap" between the Hearing, and the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Communities. The Deaf,says, "Crystal Have the right to hear God's Word just as the Hearing do." As a result, Crystal continues to open new doors and create new avenues for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired to prosper in Christ.
September 2000 introduced El Elyon Records. Crystal Scott is the first Hearing-Impaired individual to become President, Founder, Publisher, and CEO of a Record Company. The first Hearing Impaired individual to be Executive Producer of Two Musical CD's, and the first to challenge such organizations in order to open doors for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired to have equal access to the Word of God.
In February 2004, winner of the prestigious "Living Legend Award" for community service from Board of Supervisors County of Los Angeles Yvonne Brathwaite - Burke Los Angeles County Supervisor of the Second District.
In December 2005, Miss Scott was healed! To GOD be the Glory as she ascends to another level in ministry.
Hands that Touch Ministries, Inc
c/o Crystal Scott
Teaches classes in:
* Basic Sign Language
* Signing Visual Concepts
* Lyrical Signing
* Scriptural Signing
* Introduction to churches on Deaf awareness and their communication abilities.
(A Non-Profit 501 c 3 with Integrity 4 Christ)