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Causes: Religion, Religious Media & Communications

Mission: To inspire, empower and impact students artistically, athletically and academically through creative and passionate worship.

Programs: WAVE Teams (Sign Language Outreach) Elevate (Skateboard Outreach) Shockwave (Mission Trips)

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Zaid A.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization speaks to all of us. It draws our attention to what really matters, and that is making an impact and difference for others. No drum roll and no fanfare. The driving force behind this passion; this mission, is to make all of us think and act beyond ourselves.

Marcela2

Board Member

Rating: 5

My sister starts being part of this group, then I was present in a concert, when I saw all the things they do, I can only say that I loved it! so I decide join the team for praise God and for others to know about Jesus... God blessed me with this team, is one of the best things that could happened to me.

Linda241

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've know George a long time and was able to see first hand the ministry impact he has not only in song and sign language, but in the personal lives of individuals he has served. My son served as an intern for George two years ago and the year he spent in the ministry of V2H and traveling with George impacted his life's purpose and goals in a BIG way. My son was changed forever and is now passionate about family and youth ministries in his own future ministry. Thank you George and V2H!

Nick36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a current missionary, with a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry. Where I am today is a direct product of Vision 2 Hear Ministries. Through this ministry of course I was able to see many new places and meet many new people, however the value of this ministry is ability to mold and shape people into servants of Christ, putting others before yourself and Christ always first. If there were ever a ministry that followed the commands both "to Go" and "to make Disciples" Vision 2 Hear is where it is at. Through one on one discipleship missions and general youth ministry events Vision 2 Hear shaped my philosophy of ministry by continuously teaching new ways to own your faith and what it means to serve others. Now I have the great privilege of take the experiences and knowledge acquired as a product of Vision 2 hear and pass these tools and ideals on with Students in Germany.

Toney J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

V2H has come to our little village in Nicaragua five times now! Because of their time there our teens have developed such a great ministry. They have learned so much and grown so much in The Lord. With the help of V2H we have disciples who love to disciple others! Such a great ministry!

Rhonda16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so blessed this past June to serve on a Mission Trip with George in Nicaragua. I saw first hand the impact Vision to Hear has had on the lives of the children in those villages. In a very short period of time with just a couple of visits from George, these children have studied and learned many Spanish and American Christian songs using sign. This expression of God's love has been received by these beautiful children, and now they are excited to share with others and they LOVE it!

Scott76

Client Served

Rating: 5

George is an outstanding servant of God he and his group have come to my church and worked with my students and really got them excited about sign language and the different ministries that they do ! I would recommend him one million times over , and I look forward to working with him in the near future!

Debbie107

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met George for the first time over two years ago at our camp in Nicaragua. My husband and I have a Ministry there in a small Village and work with children and teens. He met with us and talked to us about his Ministry Vision 2 Hear and that he would love to teach and share his Ministry with the children in Nicaragua.. I just stand in awe watching the teens and how much they have learned and how it has helped the teens have confidence to share praise to God. They are now sharing praise with the schools and other Churches in their Country. They absolutely LOVE IT!!
We asked George to go anytime and stay at our camp with or without us...He has an AMAZING MINISTRY that is helping so many and touching so many lives! Thank you George for all you do...you are an amazing man with a love for Jesus and others!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear is a ministry that uses 'power signing" (a modified version of American Sign Language) to interpret contemporary christian music and share the Gospel in a non-threatening way. V2H can minister in venues and areas that many mainstream ministries cannot.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been years since I had been in contact with George. We reconnected after 20 years and had a blast. I learned all about his minsitry at Vision 2 Hear. They came to the school I was working at and then to the local church I attend. What an impactful ministry.

My family was in the process of moving, and his ministry was in South Florida. Knowing our financial situation, he invited my girls to attend a week long camp for free. They had a blas! My wife and I were impacted by his generosity and kindness. My daughters still talk about the fun they had and what God showed them through it.

Thank you George and thank you Vision 2 Hear ministries.

Robert

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since our move from California to Georgia for the purpose of working in children's ministry in 2003, we have had the pleasure of knowing George Lockhart and have found the following to be true.

This is a, constant, dependable, reliable, leadership building, grace abounding, Christ centered ministry. This also describes the founder of this ministry George Lockhart who, I think, tries to instill these virtues in the youth of today through the ministry God has called him to.

Thank you George for making a difference in my son Michael life. We pray for you all the time.

Yvette J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally known George Lockhart since 2000, when he & my younger brother, Chris, used to hang out. George introduced Vision 2 Hear to a church I was attending, and working part-time at. As a person, he is one of the most sincere leaders. As a leader of Vision2Hear, I would trust my daughter with him. His teams bring unparalleled glory & honor to Jesus, through their signing of Christian songs. Every time I am able to see him, I am blown away by the talent of the kids in his group, and also the way they point everything they do towards the Honor and Glory of Jesus Christ.

Dana34

Client Served

Rating: 5

George and Vision2Hear has changed my life and the life of my 3 boys forever. Seeing a song through their creativity has totally enhanced our spiritual walk with Jesus. George's messages are applicable to everyday life and inspire us to serve Jesus Christ with our whole hearts. The one message that has stuck in our hearts was "Love God, love others-that's all that matters". This ministry walks the walks and talks the talk-with mouths and hands. Once you experience Vision2hear, you will never be the same.

Bien N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

George and his Vision 2 Hear team came out to our church in September 2013 to help us lead worship. We were impressed by the number of youth that participated in the ministry, and the passion everyone displayed during worship.

Although George was not there to preach, our congregation received a "word" that stuck with them. Our church thoroughly enjoyed the energy they brought to the service and they were inspired by the thought that worship is more than just music and singing.

I would definitely recommend them to any church that is looking for a guest to add a creative element to their worship service. We were truly blessed by them and hope to have them come back and visit again sometime in the near future!

Bien Nguyen

Donor

Rating: 5

We began with Vision 2 Hear in 2008 when my daughter was a freshman in high school. She began learning sign language with George. Through the organization she has become a leader of a WAVE group at our church, New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA. Under George's guidance and leadership she has become more confident, but most importantly, has grown closer to God. One of her goals is to graduate college and help with the non-profit financial side of V2H when possible.
I am grateful for George's dedication to the youth of our community and to missions around the world. Most importantly, I am grateful that he has become a part of our extended family!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

George works with the youth at our church. He does an outstanding job with them. I am so inspired by George and the ministry of V2H. George recently preached at church about being used by God, about how we are created for a specific role. His illustration of a puzzle brought the message home. My life can be a mess, like a 500 piece puzzle dumped out on the floor, and yet no one else will fit in the place I was created for. George helped me to see that even though I can't see the finished "puzzle" called my life, God can and all I have to do is trust Him. Vision to Hear Ministries is a wonderful organization. Thanks to George for his willingness to serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a young couple (10 years ago) my husband and I joined what would be "our" church. One of the reasons we chose the church was due to a brother and sister team that was allowed to minister to the congregation through leading worship via a very powerful sign language method. Here I am, a decade later, finding myself joined up with that sibling team and it's founder/leader George teaching our youth to reach out and minister with this group V2H, the same group that taught the siblings to worship our Lord in this way. BLESSED! Blessed am I, blessed is our youth, blessed are all those who have a chance to view and participate in a worship time with V2H and it's members.

Prince E.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Back in 2001, when I first met with Pastor Goerge, In my home town AMAKOFIA (AKASI) UTUTU, ABIA STATE, NIGERIA. Pastor Goerge is a missionary with a loving and caring heart, along side with his friends that visited us. It was a happy and great moment for me and my people to meet pastor Goerge, and his team.

He introduced to us Vision2Hear(V2H), which i was made the Youth leader. It was awesome for me to have such a great privilege working under Pastor Goerge. At first we experienced a difficult moment with our youths but gradually God made His way in our life's.

My life would not be what it is today without V2H ministry and Pastor Goerge. I can honestly say, with all my experiences and all that I have learned, V2H has been very important in my life and family. being a member of V2H, I can personally say, it's an awesome organization for humanity and for the kingdom of God. V2H has changed and impacted in my life spiritually and physically. V2H and Pastor Goerge are responsible for my Education here in Nigeria and also providing for my friends Festus, Rosemary, Bridgette and Ikechukwu etc.

I am so happy for being a member of V2h. I have learn to love and to forgive in every circumstance. Thanks V2H, Thanks Pastor Goerge fo letting me know the reality of our LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!. love you.

Ty B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my role with V2H in 1999. This organization made me the leader I am today. The tools and skills I use to be a successful Air Force officer are directly related to the principles, ideals, and Christ-like mindset that Vision 2 Hear stands for and teaches. I was able to go on multiple mission trips from the US states of Georgia to Colorado, all the way down to Honduras and El Salvador. Even after 13 years the people I've met and the lessons I've learned continue to be a huge part of my life. And this isn't even mentioning the amazing work that God does through this ministry! I've been able to influence lives of people from simply performing on a stage to planting almost 1,000 trees in helping an area recover from a devastating wild fire...and that's just from the little bit I've gotten to do! I can't express how much V2H shaped the person I am today and the relationship I have with Christ. The best way to find out is to look them up, get connected, and start really growing and living!

Kathi G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About 9 years ago I was introduced to V2H. George had come to my children's school for a chapel service. I was so impressed with the energy and enthusiasm displayed using sign language to Christian music. More than that, I saw the excitement in all the kids faces as George would share the gospel and sign. Truly captivating! It left an incredible impression. Fast forward 5 years and I found myself really desiring to serve God and wanting to have an impact on the youth. This ministry was a perfect fit. George re-launched a WAVE team in Miami. What I have seen in the past 4 years is nothing less than God's love and growth through the V2H/WAVE ministry; not only in our students but in myself, too. The team has had the privilege of serving not only in Miami and Georgia for many events, but also some team members have had the opportunity to go to El Salvador and Honduras serving alongside George in orphanages and the deaf community. It doesn't matter whether we speak the same language, we all can speak "God" in serving and love to one another. The greatest blessing is seeing a young person worship God in a very personal way through WAVE. This ministry helps to develop personal growth in God, discipline, team work, compassion and love for others. I am thankful that I have had the honor to serve as a leader and have made an impact in students lives through V2H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first experienced Vision 2 Hear, I was amazed at their ability to incorporate sign language with dance and music. It's a vision worth seeing and a group worth hearing. Not only was it an experience I'll never forget, but it was also awesome to see a group of teenagers spread the gospel to the hearing impaired with such passion and determination. This has got to be one of the best non profit organizations!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

V2h has had a profound influence in my children's life and mine. They have shown what true servants of Christ look like as they serve others in need in other parts of the world and at home. Hearing the word of God through sign language speaks to those who can not hear and blesses those who can hear.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life would not be what is today without Vision2Hear ministries. I can honestly say that with all my experiences and all that i have learned traveling and serving with this ministry has sculpted me into the person God wants me to be. I have learned to love in everything I do, which in turn, has lead to excellence, determination, perseverance, strength, and creativity. It is an amazing life that I wish every child, pre-teen, teen, and young adult could encounter. I pray that Vision2Hear continues to impact and change youth culture for many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear has made a huge impact in my life on many different areas. I've learned to be able to share my faith, learned elementary sign language to communicate with the deaf, and I've many opportunities to help make te world a better place to live by participating in service projects locally and globally. Also, my V2H mentors helped shape me into the man I am today through life-on-life conversations and group discipleship meetings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 hear is a unique organization in that it prioritizes growth and discipleship within the volunteers as well as to the people served. People who serve in vision 2 hear are changed by the experience. It gives every volunteer a unique perspective on the world that most people will never have the opportunity of having. I personally owe most of who I am today: my core beliefs, and my outlook on life to the amazing experiences I have had serving in vision 2 hear. It is an experience most people will unfortunately never have, but one I wish everyone could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear has been very important in my life. As a part of the group for 7 years I can say personally that it's a great organization. It's changed & impacted my life spiritually. Because the group is centered around interpretive movement to Christian songs, it has allowed me to grow in my walk with Christ while satisfying my creative hunger. The people involved in V2h have also been a big part of my life. George Lockhart especially; he serves as both a role model and a friend. I've grown a lot in this group; I've become a leader of a wave team. I've also had the opportunity to go to El Salvador through my time in this group. I don't know where I'd be without the friends, experience, and knowledge I've gained through V2h.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

V2h has completely changed my family's life. We are all a part of the wave team. I am so grateful to be able to be a part of such a great ministry. It has brought us closer to God and to each other. I never imagined doing anything like this. It has shown us a new way to worship God and share his gospel. Wave teams are made up of people of all ages , which is great because anybody can join. But the best thing about it is being surrounded by amazing people, it is like being a part of a huge fun-filled family.

Anthony24

Board Member

Rating: 5

Vision2Hear is by far the greatest organization I have ever been involved with. George Lockhart has an amazing gift to effectively communicate with both the hearing and the hearing-impaired alike. The impact this organization has had on children, teenagers, and adults is tremendous. Besides teaching the teenagers about the Christian Faith, George has effectively demonstrated and communicated responsible citizenship, A primary thrust of V2H is caring for your neighbors and working to meet their needs. V2H as an organization and George as an individual have participated in helping orphanages, schools for the hearing-impaired, villages in Africa to have water, and feeding the homeless (to name just a few).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision2Hear has been such a huge part of my life for a good 7 or 8 years now and it has impacted my family and me in such a positive way. They accept any and everyone no matter what and they strive to make God the center of the ministry. Plus its super fun to be a part of, I mean, how many teenagers can say they know sign language? You don't even have to know any sign language at all to join! All I can say is I have no regrets about working with v2h and I hope it stays a part of my life and the lives of others for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with Vision2Hear since it began over 10 years ago. It is a wonderful ministry, and quite unique in its use of sign language to share the gospel. The high energy signing and choreography is unlike anything I've ever seen. Two of my children have been part of the WAVE teams in our city. They have gained valuable leadership skills as well as sharing their faith. George Lockhart is a uniquely talented and gifted man who uses the gifts that God has given him to impact the lives of those around him, especially teenagers. I am very proud to be a part of this great ministry as a volunteer and am excited to see it grow and spread to other countries. I pray that God would continue to bless Vision2Hear and use it as a means of taking the good news of Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear Ministries is an outstanding group of dedicated individuals who use the arts to effectively communicate the Christian gospel message. Audiences are reached in many different ways - some though the written word, some through the spoken word, others though music and the arts. Vision 2 Hear's unique approach captures the hearts and imaginations of those they "preach" to - effectively reaching a group that might not "hear" God's timeless message in any other way. I would heartily recommend this ministry to any gathering that is looking for a life-changing, impactful presentation of the Gospel. They will not be disappointed.

Randy E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

V2H is an awesome organization. George and the other members of V2H have had a life changing effect on my daughter. She joined them when entering middle school and is now a freshman in college. Throughout her entire journey, she has met and worked with some great influences in her life and haw gotten to travel the world on missions. She has a great heart for God as a result and is leader of her own V2H team and is having that same kind of influence on upcoming young men and women. She has also decided because of her experience and training with V2H to make a career in deaf edkucation. I am truly grateful to George and V2H for all they have done.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen v2h on a number of occasions and each time I see them, it's like how in the world do they have that much energy every performance. The leader of the group is always in high spirits and very excited to preform always. George has also taken time for people who are not even a part of the group...I.e. me and I'm thankful for that. From disc golf to discipleship, George is a great leader and mentor. Keep up the great work and continue to work for The Lord.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My two younger sisters have been involved in vision 2 hear for the past seven years, as well as my mom. It is outstanding. I've been to several performances and they are always energetic. I find this to be a very positive group for my sisters, and I have witnessed them grow over the several years they have been involved in the organization. George is a great leader! I enjoy how he leads the group, and I am very impressed by all the time he devotes to this group and his personal relationships with all the different teams and members. My mom and sisters have been on a mission trip to El Salvador as well as participated in various other local service work. Vision 2 hear does great work throughout the community and is making a great impact throughout the world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen Vision 2 Hear impact students and families lives in the US and across the globe for the past 10 years and that has been great. But when I see the impact V2H has on my own family that is AWESOME!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I remember the first time I saw Vision2Hear perform... It was amazing. The way this group works together to share a story and show love is truly beautiful. No longer do those without hearing have to feel left out or like their impairment gets in the way of their worship or their fun. They are not hindered. Not only does this group of people come together to practice and share their talents with their communities, but this group has helped mold its individuals throughout the years... something that I've been fortunate enough to experience. I have met the leader of this group, George, a few times thanks to having a few friends who were apart of V2H, and not only by the way he worships through sign language, but through his overall presence, THIS is a man of God who really cares for those he teaches and works with. Such an inspiring, deserving group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I have seen their sign language ministry a few times, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Churches, malls, and other entertainment venues should definitely give them a call. Totally worth it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to watch Vision2Hear perform many times... Safe to say they are no joke! The way these people of all ages are able to captivate an audience and fill a room with the Holy Spirit by simply using their hands is truly amazing. I cannot think of a more humble, deserving group. They truly are AWESOME.

Rachel62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear has made an incredible impact on my life. I joined when I was 13, and am now leading my own team at 18. I have seen almost every aspect of Vision 2 Hear, but what has impacted me the most is the sense of family and the mission trips I have been on. V2H is like a second family to me. They will always help me and back me up when I'm struggling, and they accept anyone, no matter where they are in their life and relationship with God. Also, I have been to El Salvador and Honduras and I'm hoping to go back this upcoming year. To be 18 and say I have been able to travel to other countries is unique in itself, but to say I did it to share the gospel is an incredible blessing. Those trips made me a stronger, more independent, and caring person. It is one thing to hear about the conditions in other countries, but another to experience it first hand. These trips ultimately decided my career path; Deaf Education with a minor in Spanish for these mission trips. I love this ministry so much, and I hope to see it grow even more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear continues to excel as an exceptional ministry that continues to grow and inspire others. I've been involved with the ministry for nearly 7 years. I continue to be amazed by the unique, engaging WAVE team performances and impressed with the expansion of other aspects of the ministry. The vision to Creatively Communicate Christ around the world is definitely being pursued and realized. The passion for pursuing Christ is so evident in George's life and many others involved with this organization. I am consumed by this ministry because it truly is a great organization that has changed my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first encountered this group, I was immediately impressed with the unique, high energy performance that involved sign language and creative motion choreographed to music. I subsequently became more involved as a volunteer and supporter. Vision 2 Hear is much more than a youth artistic performance group. V2H is committed to youth development. V2H helps young people develop leadership skills, leads them to genuine and creative worship of Jesus, and provides them with opportunities to serve others in the US and worldwide. I have personally witnessed the humility, dedication and sacrifice of many student participants in Vision 2 Hear. I have a great admiration for the founder of V2H because of his creativity, enthusiasm and authenticity. He has a unique ability to connect with young people. There are opportunities for young people of all ages and backgrounds with V2H. Participants will find that the founder and other adult leaders genuinely value them and will sacrifice their time, energy and efforts to help them thrive. Vision 2 Hear seeks to expand its program throughout the US and the world and has an effective process that allows them to establish local groups. I highly recommend and endorse Vision 2 Hear as an exemplary organization that empowers young people to make the world a better place.

Dee L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear is a ministry that covers many different facets. They have 8 WAVE teams, which uses sign language and interpretive movement to convey the Good News of Christ, in the US as well as El Salvador. In the fall of 2012, a new team in Nicaragua will be formed. They also have ELEVATE which is a skate board ministry that provides a safe environment for those who like to board or bike on ramps. And will begin a surfing ministry in 2012 in Nicaragua. V2H has built wells in Africa, and collected money for water filters to give other places in the world good drinking water. Currently based out of New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA, Vision 2 Hear serves the world with the Gospel of Christ.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear has made an impact on my entire family. I have watched my shy daughter become very sure of herself, even to the point of traveling on a mission trip to Miami. I've watched my husband become passionate about ministry again by being able to run sound for the teams and doing whatever necessary to make things run smooth. I have found great joy in being a leader on the Southside of Atlanta. Seeing our teams grow and expand in order to share God's love is amazing. I am grateful for the chance to be a part of something so wonderful. Watching a performance will touch your heart, your mind, sometimes your body, and especially your soul. It happens for me even in practices. Creatively communicating Christ through sign and movement - truly must be experienced!

Denese B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw W.A.V.E team perform at my church. I was over whelmed by there performance and wanted to be apart of something so amazing. I though it would be a chance to spend time with my children as well. My daughter in law Kearston Bohannon was ready to be apart of it as well. We joined the team and have been blessed ever since. It has been an awesome growing experience with myself as well as the Peeps on the teams.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw Vision 2 Hear at New vision church in Fayetteville Ga. I was immediately pumped and signed up to learn, I could not keep up with the young kids so I could not perform. Nonetheless I have been learning on my own online. Hope to use it to get people in my community involved. what an awesome way to spread the truth and glorify our Lord.

kissmek9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw the W.A.V.E team perform for the first time at my church in Fayetteville, GA. I was awe struck!!! I fell in love and felt so moved and motivated to learn so that I could perform and minister myself. I started attending practices and have had one performance so far and I cant begin to tell you how amazing it feels to be a part of this wonderful way to worship!!! My mother-in-law also got involved and she loves it just as much! We have several upcoming performances all over Georgia as well as a couple out of state and I am so looking forward to spreading the Word of God through this music and dance. I thank George and New Vision so much for this amazing opportunity!!!!

Jon W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Vision 2 Hear! Joining this nonprofit ministry has literally changed my entire life! From being more outgoing, to knowing what career field I want to go into! Ministry!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear is great for all ages, all walks of life, for anyone and everyone. Whether this is for a church event, retreat, school chapel, outdoor activity, or anything inbetween V2H is HIGHLY recommended. I have served and worked with them for 5+ years and whenever I have an activity where there is an opening, I do not hesitate to give them contact info for V2H. Each event I coordinate, I plan specifically with the leaders to make sure they will be available to come. The staff are very friendly and easy to work with in any circumstance. This is a huge ministry that is changing lives, not only of the participants but also of others they encounter around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vision 2 Hear has provided countless young people opportunities to praise, worship, learn, and serve the Lord through WAVE Teams, Extreme Skateboarding, Camp and Retreat experiences, and Mission Trips. Vision 2 Hear offers these opportunities to all students regardless of ethnic or social backgrounds. It has been a tremendous blessing to be a small part of this awesome ministry and see so many young people change the direction in their life from negative to positive.