The Gospel Makes Its Way to Deaf Peoples Around the World

The imam placed his copy of the Quran carefully on the table and called the men at the memorial service to attention. He opened the book, lifted his hands toward heaven and began to chant in honor of the man who had died.

The Deaf men in the room copied the stance but remained silent, as they couldn’t hear the verbal entreaty. At least the men were able to see the ceremony; the Deaf women in the next room covered their heads and wondered what was happening.

One thing was certain, the dead man’s soul was in danger. Allah does as he wills, and no Muslim is ever certain whether he will accept their works and obedience.

Maybe Allah will accept this, the men said to one another at the memorial service. Maybe.

Southern Baptists partner with local believers to share the good news of Jesus with Deaf peoples around the world, including hard-to-reach places, or places not openly receptive to the Gospel.

David Gregory*, an IMB worker among Deaf people, felt overwhelmed by the sense of hopelessness in the room. Even his friend Tamar*, a man who is Muslim by birth but pays no heed to his religion under normal circumstances, was nodding his head and adding to the imam’s commentary. “Allah,” he muttered, “Allah.”

After the service, the mood lightened with a memorial meal. David and Tamar talked with the group of men over tea.

“If we keep giving him tea, one day he’ll be Muslim like us,” Tamar joked.

“No, but I pray for you to become a Christian and follow Jesus,” David said.

“Me? You pray for me?” Tamar asked.

When David assured Tamar that he regularly prays for him, he was stunned. He just sat there speechless.

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Source: Baptist Press