DOOR Worldwide has labored on signal language Bible translations for the Deaf for 13 years. Rob Myers, President and CEO of DOOR, says earlier than they start translating Scripture in one other signal language, they first survey the native Deaf communities and discover out what sort of attain that signal language has.
“We need to ensure that once we decide to assist a neighborhood do a translation, that it may be as efficient as doable and it may attain the biggest variety of folks that it may possibly.”
Myers says, “We have to be strategic in terms of: Where should that translation start? And how is it going to be most effective in the community?”
When DOOR surveys a Deaf neighborhood requesting a Bible translation, they don’t simply deal with that one space; in addition they survey the encircling areas and be taught in regards to the neighboring Deaf communities.
Some signal languages are small and canopy only one area. Different signal languages are bigger, encompassing a number of areas and communities. Myers says in these circumstances, it’s finest to start out Bible translation work with the bigger signal language.
“We have one country where the translation in that country is actually allowing Scripture access not just to the people in that country, but to the people in 15 other countries…. So rather than just giving access to about one million people, that translation actually gives access to about 2.5 million people.”
On this case, DOOR was capable of uncover the signal language with the best affect for Bible translation due to their survey work.
“We brought some of those different communities together and we found out that if we had started in one of those other countries and tried to bring it to that larger country, it would not have been accepted at all. Whereas if we start in the larger country and then bring it to some of the other countries, that translation would be accepted.”
In the case of signal language Bible translation within the Deaf neighborhood, the necessity is pressing.
There are over 350 signal languages on the earth as we speak, and never one in every of them has a accomplished Bible translation. Solely 30 signal languages have even a portion of Scripture out there.
Encouragingly, Myers says, “About 60 [sign] languages actually have some sort of active work that’s happening right now. But there are a ton of languages that still don’t have any work that has happened yet.”
Please ask the Lord to bless Deaf believers engaged on signal language Bible translations so their communities could find out about Jesus. Pray for unreached, unengaged Deaf communities to know the love of their Heavenly Father.
Header photograph courtesy of DOOR Worldwide.