It’s day two in the International Week of the Deaf, an annual celebration of Deaf culture, accomplishments, and sign languages.
Each of the seven days has a specific focus, and IWD aims to raise Deaf awareness and advocacy among the wider hearing community. Read past IWD stories here.
There are approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide who use more than 350 unique sign languages. Until this summer, no sign language had a complete Bible. Today, U.S. Deaf believers rejoice as the first to have all of God’s Word within reach. Watch the ASLV Bible here.
“There has been a tremendous and exciting reaction from the U.S. Deaf Christian community,” Deaf Missions President Chad Entinger says via email. Earlier this month, the first-ever ASLV Bible “went live” on Deaf Missions’ app after 38 years of labor.
“Doing sign language Bible translation with video drafts takes longer than text or printed drafts,” Entinger explains.
“Our patience was tested at times as this journey was a long marathon, not a sprint.”
“The amount of technical skill needed is so much more than what we need for written translation, so it is a bigger task. It often takes longer,” Wycliffe USA’s Andy Keener says.
In 2016, Wycliffe USA joined American Bible Society, Deaf Bible Society, Deaf Harbor, DOOR International, Pioneer Bible Translators, and Seed Company in a new collaborative effort to help Deaf Missions cross the finish line.
“Four years ago, [Deaf Missions] said, ‘we’re about 16 years from completion.’ Several organizations got together and said, ‘if we had the resources, could we do it in four?’” Keener recalls.
Entinger adds, “thanks to God’s provision through the generosity of Deaf Missions donors and funding partners, we were able to overcome funding challenges and onboard more translators to accelerate completion of the Bible, thereby finishing in 2020 instead of our original projection of 2033!”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Praise God for the first-ever complete Bible in a sign language! Pray for His blessing upon current translation efforts and teams.
- Pray published Scripture will help Deaf Christians grow in their faith.