According to the UN, the Asia-Pacific region is home to roughly two-thirds of the world’s population. This includes an estimated 43 million Deaf people, and most Deaf ministries agree less than two-percent of this group knows Jesus.
To reach this population for Christ, Deaf Bible Society is teaming up with another Deaf ministry called APSDA – Asia Pacific Sign Language Development Association. Through an interpreter, Deaf Bible Society’s Tanya Polstra says they’re working with APSDA in nine different countries.
Teamwork makes the dream work
Scripture portions have been translated into a handful of Asia-Pacific sign languages. See a full list on Deaf Bible Society’s website. Translating God’s Word into various sign languages is a good start, but the process cannot stop there. Polstra says Deaf believers need Scripture engagement training.
“Scripture engagement is how we see the world as a Deaf person, and that is through the use of sign language,” she explains.
“When we have sign language Scriptures in our language, it helps us to see who the Lord is. We can dive into His word… and we can see how He expects us to live as His light.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth