There is a massive spiritual hunger among the Deaf. And Christians aren’t the only religious group taking notice.
For many Deaf people, a sign language is their first language or their “heart language.” Unfortunately, sign language resources aren’t widely available in public spaces — both secular and religious. In some cultures, Deaf people and signing are even shunned as a curse or blight on the community.
This makes is especially difficult for Deaf individuals wrestling with spiritual questions. And it’s natural for them to gravitate towards something — anything — that will offer spiritual answers in their heart language and feed the hunger in their souls.
DOOR International’s President and CEO Rob Myers says, “Many times, we encounter Deaf people who’ve been in churches or they’ve been in mosques or they’ve been in Hindu temples or Buddhist temples…just with the desire and the idea to know more information about God from someone who knows their heart language.”
Ministries like DOOR helped pioneer the Deaf mission field. But to date, there is still not one sign language that has a full Bible translation. That’s why DOOR and their partners are working tirelessly to translate portions of Scripture into sign languages for the Deaf.
However, other religions are catching on to the spread of Christianity in Deaf communities, and they are starting their own outreaches to the Deaf.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the sign language Bible translators to be encouraged.
- Ask God to bless DOOR’s ministry as they branch into more Deaf communities with the Gospel.
- Pray for Deaf Christians to recognize counterfeit religions and know how to defend their faith.