A Culture of Stories

Deaf people groups tend to gravitate toward stories. Good storytellers are recognized and known by name far and wide among the Deaf. The unique nature of storytelling matches up perfectly with the Deaf cultural trait of group processing. Deaf people tend to process information in groups, and stories provide the perfect medium for them to absorb information and then have engaging dialogue afterwards to further internalize and comprehend deeper information from the story. One example of that is *Boris, a young Deaf man, who was struggling with temptation and a specific recurring sin. Boris came to *Steve, one of DOOR’s 2-by-2 missionaries in Kha, asking for advice and help.

Steve used one of the stories from the Bible to encourage and advise Boris. It was the story of Adam and Eve, and how they committed the first sin. Even after they had sinned and disobeyed God’s single command for them, God made clothes for them because He still loved them regardless. The same love applies to Boris, and every other Deaf person in Kha. However, Steve also encouraged Boris to confess his sins before God and ask Him for strength to overcome his temptation.

*—not real name for security