Deaf Mission Teams Encounter Challenges in El Salvador

More than 45-percent of El Salvador’s population identifies as Roman Catholic. However, many Deaf people do not associate themselves with a religion. (Photo courtesy of Mauricio Cuéllar/Unsplash)

Deaf teams are back to working in person following pandemic lockdowns earlier this year. According to Wycliffe USA’s Andy Keener, Salvadoran Sign Language is much easier to understand in person.

“For Deaf people, not being face-to-face can be even harder than for hearing people,” Keener says.

“[They’ve been] looking forward to working face-to-face in the natural way that they’re used to.”

With support from Wycliffe USA and a local church, Deaf believers translate God’s Word into their native sign language. More about that here. The team has completed 38 passages so far, and they’re hoping to finish sections from the New Testament this year.

Progress is slow because the team has little access to translation consultants.

“There’s always a lack of specialists who can come and work with them on challenging issues,” Keener says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for the health and safety of the translation team as they press forward with this important task.
  • Pray translators can complete more Scripture portions in Salvadoran Sign Language.
  • Pray people and churches in El Salvador’s Deaf community will be encouraged by God’s Word in Salvadoran Sign Language.

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