Without access to the Bible, or Bible portions, how can a people know who God is and what plans He has for their lives? This plan includes a strategy for selecting a set of Scripture stories that will be translated into the local sign language to provide the foundation for sustained church planting efforts. The core stories will include those used to evangelize, train disciples, educate church leaders, and provide resources to plant indigenous, Deaf-led, self-sustaining, reproducing Deaf churches.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing peoples live in an invisible world of stereotypes. More than 200 distinct sign languages have common roots that enable the Deaf to communicate cross-culturally, but most in the 35-million-person global Deaf community have never seen Jesus's name signed. Often ignored and oppressed, the Deaf are some of the least evangelized people on earth.
Deaf communities comprise nearly one percent of any urban center. Though on the surface they are often indistinguishable from the hearing population, their differences in language and culture often result in their oppression. They find more common ground with other Deaf people—even those from other cultures. Across cultures, the Deaf share one great need: They need Jesus.
The gospel is for all people, and the Great Commission is for every believer, both hearing and Deaf. Ask God to raise up Deaf and hearing believers to embrace the limitless opportunities to take the gospel to Deaf communities.