Africa is a vast and diverse continent boasting 54 nations. However, 44 African countries still don’t have a sign language Bible translation for local Deaf individuals, according to Mission Network News (MNN).
Fasil Kidane, Africa field coordinator with Deaf Bible Society says, “We do actually have around 11 translations complete right now in Africa. There are 44 countries that still have no translations in Africa. There are a few that have bits and pieces of the Bible translated.”
MNN says Kidane is a Deaf Ethiopian man living in the US with his wife and son. His work with Deaf Bible Society includes training for Deaf Bible Together — groups that help connect the Deaf community. Kidane also works with sign language Bible translation teams throughout Africa to provide support in various capacities.
“Deaf Bible [Society] is not doing the translations. We support the various teams. Being the field coordinator, I engage with all of these teams and I figure out what those translation needs are — whether it’s funding [or] whether it’s equipment such as laptops, cameras, [and] lighting.
“Then we also develop various trainings in regards to the technology. We provide various workshops on how they can request support. We also provide various trainings in regards to Deaf culture and how it’s different there, [and] provide consultant training so the teams can work with the consultants.”
MNN stated that communication across the ocean can be difficult, so Kidane and other Deaf Bible Society staff will sometimes go to Africa to conduct trainings and offer support in-person.
The laundry list of African countries where Deaf Bible Society currently supports translation teams includes Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, and Rwanda.
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SOURCE: Assist News