Rancho Sordo Mudo (RSM) was established in 1969 as a free boarding school for deaf children in Mexico. 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 man’s Winnebago, and after saying goodbye to North Carolina, made the journey to Ensenada Mexico. There they founded and built what became a home and school for nearly six hundred deaf children who over the years have lived at the ranch. Their mission was 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.
Because of this amazing ministry and story, Strong Tower Ministries, Inc. (STM) partnered with RSM between 2007-2008 to produce an award winning feature length documentary and small group study called Hearing Everett. Following the completion of the Hearing Everett Project, the Ranch continued its mission but has also expanded its vision. RSM not only wanted to continue to reach the deaf children of Mexico while engaging people into service from within the boundaries of the Ranch, but also sought to equip and send out others to start ministering to the deaf throughout Latin America and eventually globally. They also wanted to house other youth ministries, giving them a summer serving camp experience at the ranch when the deaf students were offsite between spring and fall semesters.
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.