The final full week of September has been designated the International Week of the Deaf by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). WFD launched this annual event in 1958 in an attempt to bring awareness and recognition to Deaf communities worldwide.
In 2020, WFD’s theme is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights”. Many of the topics they work on bringing to the public’s attention are near and dear to DOOR’s heart. For example, WFD advocates that sign languages are the languages of the Deaf people and that access to sign language is a basic human right for the Deaf.
Without access to sign language, education for the Deaf is limited. Without access to sign language, Deaf people lack community. Without access to sign language, leadership gifts are not nurtured. Without access to sign language, the truth of the Gospel message isn’t received by Deaf hearts.
Sign language is one of DOOR’s core values, and without sign language, our mission would not be possible. Here’s a fun fact for you: Our Deaf leaders often know and use more than three sign languages in their work!
DOOR is working hard to bring sign language Bibles & Deaf church planters to many Deaf communities around the world. Won’t you join us in this mission? https://doorinternational.org/give-a-gift