Exact statistics are hard to come by, but most ministries working among the Deaf agree that 98 percent of the world’s 70 million Deaf people are “unreached” — people who’ve never encountered the Good News of Jesus.
Information like this from Finishing the Task reveals yet another troubling fact. Many unreached Deaf people groups are also “unengaged,” which means no believers are currently trying to reach them for Christ.
Regardless, hope remains for the Deaf. DOOR International president and CEO Rob Myers says God’s Spirit is actively moving among this global people group.
“There are a couple of really exciting things that we’re seeing, and a couple of areas that we really encourage people to be praying about and thinking through,” he states.
DOOR unveils the details of that movement in a new report. Click here for details.
Sign language Bible translation
DOOR’s Deaf leaders and on-the-ground workers focus their efforts in two critical areas: sign language Bible translation and Deaf-led church planting. Learn why the Deaf require different Bible translation and ministry methods.
Over the past year, Myers recounts, God tremendously blessed DOOR’s translation efforts. Deaf teams made significant progress on Chronological Bible Translations (CBTs) in seven sign languages, and 15 consultants-in-training graduated from their multi-year internships.
The Lord also raised up several new Christian groups working in sign language Bible translation. Less than 30 of the world’s 350-plus sign languages currently have any published Scripture. “Many hands make light work,” the old saying goes, and the principle holds true in Deaf ministry. Myers says groups are working together to start translation work in more sign languages.
“There are about 50 projects that are in the works… and DOOR is [involved in] 16 of those.”
This progress is significant, but challenges remain in DOOR’s other sphere of influence: Deaf-led church planting and evangelism.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth