With today’s technology, we can literally know anything in a matter of seconds. Our access to information via the Internet and mobile devices was unfathomable 20 years ago. Now we’re living in the so-called “Information Age.”
Despite this fact, over 2 billion people have never encountered the Gospel. There are more than 1,500 UUPGs — Unreached and Unengaged People Groups. No Christians are trying to reach these people groups, and no believers are living among them.
Christ told us to do something about it in Matthew 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”
The International Day for the Unreached (IDU) encourages Christians to remember the unreached and fulfill the Great Commission. Each year on IDU Sunday, believers lift up united prayers for the “forgotten lost” — the unreached.
As a people group, the Deaf are one of the largest populations in this category. Less than 2% of the world’s 70 million Deaf people know Christ. According to Finishing the Task, more than 20% of UUPGs with a population over 100,000 are Deaf.
DOOR International is one of the several Deaf ministries striving to change this reality. By translating Scripture into sign language and training Deaf evangelists, teachers, and leaders, DOOR is equipping Deaf to reach Deaf for Christ.
Technology plays a key role in these efforts. DOOR translations are transferred to microSD cards and uploaded to deaf.bible by Deaf Bible Society. This gives Deaf people everywhere free access to sign language Scripture. As unreached Deaf see the Word of God in their heart language, brought to them on the hands of Deaf believers, it radically changes their lives.
The Great Commission compels us to act. On June 4, believers worldwide will rally to remember and reach the lost. Will you be among them?