DOOR Intl. Hopes “International Week of the Deaf” Will Shine Light on Deaf Communities Who Don’t Have Scripture

(Photo courtesy of DOOR International)

The International Week of the Deaf is just over two weeks away. Celebrated annually on the last full week of September, the International Week of the Deaf draws attention to needs in Deaf communities.’

Sign languages are the only means of communication for many deaf people. But around the world, many Deaf people are denied access to formal education and sign languages.

“One country that I’m aware of, the statistics say that 97 percent of Deaf people have no access to formal education, and 99 percent of them don’t even know their own sign language,” says Rob Myers, President and CEO of DOOR International. “So in other words, they have no language access at all.”

Without language access, there is no way for these Deaf individuals to learn about Jesus.

“You can imagine trying to share the Gospel with somebody who may not have access to Scripture, but imagine trying to share the Gospel to someone who doesn’t even have access to a language. That’s the case that we find in Deaf communities in many of these countries.”

DOOR International works to give the Deaf the tools they need to know Jesus through ministry efforts like sign language Bible translation and church planting.

DOOR International works to give the Deaf the tools they need to know Jesus through ministry efforts like sign language Bible translation and church planting.

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SOURCE: Mission News Network, Lyndsey Koh