The dissatisfaction, disease and unrest of 2020 are making headlines everywhere, even in the new year. However, that’s not the whole story.
Rob Myers with DOOR International says that while 2020 was a challenging year, many organizations have seen Gospel opportunities spring forward.
Underemployed: Hit Hard by COVID-19.
Workers with DOOR experienced occasions to share truth as they ministered among an increasingly isolated and hurting Deaf population.
Myers says, “Many people may not be aware that people in Deaf communities tend to be either unemployed or underemployed. I believe that the statistics here in the US are that about 75% of Deaf people are either unemployed or underemployed. They’re not employed to the full aspect of the education that they’ve received.”
Globally, underemployed Deaf people often will have manual or day labor jobs because – especially in developing countries – they receive little to no government support.
When COVID-19 restrictions ramped up, these types of professions were the first ones to be hit. Deaf families around the world suddenly didn’t have income.
Indigenous Deaf Leaders Lead the Way.
Yet, God was at work through the Church. Two-by-two teams with DOOR began to plan how they could reach their Deaf neighbors.
“We have a number of different stories about how Deaf leaders have purchased groceries, purchased water or other things for Deaf families [and] brought those supplies to those families,” Myers says.
“And then that may have been the first time that they [Deaf people] actually had the opportunity to hear the Gospel. And because they were in such a desperate place, and in need of hope, the hope of the nation’s – Jesus Christ – was a welcome message for them.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for wisdom as DOOR considers new translation options.
- Pray that God would use the Gospel presentations during COVID-19 to bring new Deaf families to Himself.
- Join DOOR by supporting the 30 for 30 program.