Deaf Christians in Africa are More Effective in Reaching Their Communities with Scripture

Deaf people in Africa don’t often get the attention and support they need. In some contexts, a Deaf child is even seen as a curse on the family and hidden away.

However, there are more Deaf people in Africa than you may realize. In Nigeria alone, the 1.8 million-strong Deaf population is larger than Phoenix, Arizona — the fifth largest city in the US.

The greatest tragedy for Africa’s Deaf is that none of them have a full Bible translation in their sign languages.

That is where Deaf Bible Society comes in. They partner with other organizations to support sign language Bible translation efforts in several African countries. The completed Scripture portions are then distributed on micro SD cards.

Deaf Bible Society also conducts Scripture engagement training to raise up local Deaf leaders in the Christian community. The training in Africa packs a lot into five days.

Jessica Oldfather, Scripture engagement specialist with Deaf Bible Society explains, “We introduce them [to] Deaf Bible Society and you go in-depth into the Scriptures. Then we train them and show them how…they can share the Scriptures. We have discussions and make sure that they have all the right information that they need to make an impact in their communities.”

Even after the Scripture engagement training is over, Deaf Bible Society continues communicating and building relationships with these young Deaf leaders, and empowers them to train their peers.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh