According to DOOR International, God is moving in Deaf communities in East Africa.
DOOR International CEO/President Rob Myers shares that the need for Scripture and discipleship in local sign languages is desperate.
“Out of 70 million deaf people worldwide, less than about 15% of them have Deaf-led church presence within their own communities – and only about that same number have access to Scripture,” Myers explains. “So, many times when we approach a Deaf community, this is some of the first time that they’ve ever had access to the Gospel.”
Unlike many hearing Church plants in the West, Deaf people often feel isolated and don’t have a reference point for the Gospel. They don’t have the background of who Jesus is or why the Bible matters.
DOOR seeks to help bring the Gospel to life through local Deaf Christians. Their model is the 2-by-2 program. They send an evangelist and a teacher, into a city to build relationships and share God’s truth with local Deaf.
These teams then provide discipleship, help establish believers’ fellowships, and eventually train up new evangelists, teachers and leaders. However, even once those new leaders are identified and trained, that is not the end of the work.
“So many times those communities still need a mature believer who can come alongside them and answer some of the very hard questions,” Myers says.
“If you think about the context of the New Testament, you had Paul, who was a missionary in a number of different cities, but he would follow up in those cities and sometimes he would plant other strong believers in those cities to help local churches to continue to grow and thrive.”
That is the model that DOOR wants to follow.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Praise God for calling Edward Obaga and his family to South Sudan.
- Pray that the South Sudanese Deaf Church would find creative ways to reach out during COVID-19.
- Join DOOR financially to help bring more portions of Scripture into local sign languages.