Signing the Good News
Did you know that no complete Bible exists in any sign language…yet?
Sign Language Bibles
Did you know that no complete Bible exists in any sign language? Thanks to your prayers and generous support, that’s about to change! We’re working with Deaf communities worldwide to video record Bible stories that make God’s Word understandable—not just with words but with gestures and facial expressions for context.
Alongside partners, we’re working toward a 2033 goal of translating God’s Word in every sign language! A full American Sign Language Bible could be available as early as 2020, and many other sign language Bible translation projects are underway around the world.
Costa Rica is home to over 70,600 deaf people. Many in this Deaf community cannot read. Some don’t even know what their written names look like, as they use signs as names. An inability to understand printed text has led to a great deal of biblical ignorance in the community. Now, however, Bible stories are being recorded in sign language so all may see and believe in God’s Word!
There are more than 350,000 people in Kenya’s Deaf community. Although Kenya is a majority Christian country, Scriptures have not been made available for the Deaf community. This sign language Bible will help the Kenyan church better reach the Deaf community. The first books to be video recorded are the Gospels; then the team will complete the rest of the Bible.
There are approximately 1.2 million deaf people in Vietnam. Most of them are ostracized from mainstream society and live like outcasts—even among their families. A Vietnamese Sign Language Bible will help deaf people discover their God-given identity. This new Bible will also raise awareness of the needs of the Deaf in the Vietnamese church.
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