Deaf Bible Society 2019 Milestones Include First Scripture, Better Access, and Translation School

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An estimated 98-percent of the world’s 70 million Deaf people don’t know Christ. Reaching them is a monumental task, and Deaf Bible Society is making progress.

Through an interpreter, Chief Programs Officer and interim co-CEO Adan Burke says they’re celebrating several “milestones” from 2019 as leaders plan for 2020. “Right now, we have 30 languages that are accessible. Our goal is to hit 40 or 50 by the next calendar year,” he says.

Celebrating 2019 gains…

There are more than 400 sign languages and none of them have a complete Bible. Deaf Bible Society’s progress may seem small compared to the overall need. However, Burke says each completed translation is a victory for the Deaf community.

“We were able to achieve [in 2019] five new languages… [for] four of the five languages, it was their first Scripture translation,” Burke says.

“To us, that is a huge success. That is something that’s not easy to do in regards to introducing first Scriptures.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Praise God for these 2019 accomplishments! Ask the Lord to move mightily through Deaf Bible Society in 2020.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for DBS leaders at all levels of the organization.
  • Pray that more Deaf people will gain access to sign language Scripture through Deaf Bible.