“There are 450 stories in the Bible. I hope and pray that somehow, we will be able to translate all of them.”
It can be frustrating when you’re only given a small amount of information, but you need and want so much more. That’s how the Deaf in one South Asian region felt before encountering DOOR International.
“Our options were basically Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Family, Hinduism, or Islam…Deaf people pursued (or were born into) one or more of those different avenues, but none of them were really clear,” shares Himmat*, a Deaf man who came to know Christ through DOOR’s work.
“The Family basically had one year’s worth of teaching to offer. They went through exactly the same teaching every year, over and over. So, people would go for a year or two, but then they left. Other groups would provide materials for the Deaf that were very limited.”
When DOOR began work in this region, Gospel workers shared about Jesus in sign language – the heart language of the Deaf. Himmat, came to know Christ as his Savior, and began helping DOOR put God’s Word into his native sign language using Chronological Bible Translation (CBT).
“I learned that there are 450 stories in the Bible. I hope and pray that somehow, we will be able to translate all of them,” signed Himmat last fall.
“I am so grateful and impressed that DOOR is helping us…We are getting more of the full story, which is so important and valued in Deaf culture.”
The Lord is faithful to answer the prayers of His people. Himmat and other translators from this restricted region just completed an 110-story Study Bible in their heart language! They completed the final passages at the end of June.
Praise God for the dedication and hard work of these translators, and for the faithful support of donors who gave to see this project completed. Pray for the salvation of Deaf individuals who will learn about Christ through these sign language Scriptures.
Now that the translation has been completed, resources like DVDs and microSD cards are being distributed for use by Deaf churches, individuals, and DOOR’s Deaf 2-by-2 teams.
*– Names changed for security purposes.