International Week of Deaf People Highlights Global Mission Field of 70 Million Deaf People

Image is a graphic courtesy of the World Federation of the Deaf.

Today marks the halfway point of the International Week of Deaf People. It’s an annual observation spotlighting the communities, cultures, and sign languages of the world’s 70 million Deaf people.

Each day of the week has a specific theme, and today’s theme is “Sign Languages for All Deaf Learners.” Acquiring sign language from birth “is critical to the cognitive and social development of deaf children,” reads a description on the IWD website.

“We get this very strange phenomenon that only happens in the Deaf community where kids grow up in a family where they have no language access,” DOOR International’s Rob Myers explains.

“Unfortunately, a vast majority – somewhere between 60 and 80 percent – of hearing parents of deaf kids never learn to sign with their deaf children.”

Without language, “you don’t have access to information. Christian ministries would emphasize that also means access to the Gospel,” Myers says.

“How can our children get access to the Gospel without language and without information?”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for Deaf leaders to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy as they serve in their communities.
  • Pray for increased access to resources for spiritual growth.
  • Pray for open doors for translation work to continue effectively in both current and future projects.
  • Pray for wisdom as leaders consider the best way for translation consultants to provide feedback to translation teams.

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