DOOR International and their ministry partners are working to get the Bible translated into all sign languages. Deaf communities are sometimes called the “final frontier” of the Great Commission because there is still not one full sign language Bible today.
But they aren’t the only ones trying to reach the Deaf. The Hare Krishna is now being translated into sign languages in South Asia as well, and it has several implications for the Deaf.
Hare Krishna is a religious branch of Hinduism. In the 16th century, Sri Chaitanya of Bengal founded the Hare Krishna religion. He taught the worship of Krishna, considered the supreme god who oversees other demigods. Worshippers often dance and chant Krishna’s names in the streets.
For Deaf people, it is incredibly difficult to find spiritual answers in their heart sign language. Buddhist and Hindu temples, Muslim mosques, Christian churches — many of them are not Deaf accessible.
So when something comes along in sign language claiming to have life’s spiritual answers, it’s understandable that Deaf men and women are drawn to it, even if it is a lie.
DOOR International’s president and CEO Rob Myers says, “It’s a little bit like if you have somebody who is starving for food. [If] the first thing that comes to them is this wonderful feast, then they’re going to enjoy that feast all the more and they’re going to be incredibly thankful for it. But if the first thing that comes to them is food that’s not that healthy, they may still eat it because it’s the only thing that they have available.”
DOOR International trains Deaf Christians to share the Gospel in their 2-by-2 Program. Through the 2-by-2 Program, teams are trained in pairs of two and sent to unreached Deaf communities. Each team builds relationships with local Deaf individuals, communicates the Gospel in a sign language, disciples new believers, and grows the local Deaf Church.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Deaf believers in South Asia to grow in Jesus’s truth.
- Ask God to provide support and encouragement for Deaf Christian leaders.
- Pray for other Deaf individuals searching for truth to know Christ.