What About Sign Language?
Did you know there are over 350 sign languages around the world? And for the deaf community, one of these sign languages is often their heart language. It is what affects how they think and how they communicate. If that's really the case, then a written copy of God's Word doesn't accomplish the goal of getting Scripture into people's heart language.
So, as in every community, we need to ask what the best way is to get them access to Scripture in a way they will use. (For a deeper look into this question, go listen to Season 1, Episode 2 of the podcast.)
Here's a video we wanted to share with you from the work being done in Japanese Sign Language. Meet the people that are doing this important work!
Recently, the first complete Bible in American Sign Language was completed! You can watch the translation here. I encourage you to watch a little bit of it so you can see how much is communicated through movements and facial expressions as they deliver the signs. It really is fascinating!
I hope this helps you see at least one more facet of Bible translation that maybe you hadn't thought of before.
On a family update note, after our trip to ND that we talked about last week, we are visiting my parents in Illinois for a couple of weeks! We love this bonus time that we get to spend with them and with all the people here that have been such an encouragement to our Wycliffe ministry.
Now that we have been given an official assignment in Ivory Coast and have begun signing up for French school in Switzerland, we are working to finalize numbers and identify any budget changes that will result from all of that. We will let you know in the next few weeks of any adjustments and if there are any new needs that arise during all of this.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and encouragement! We could not do this without the team of partners that God has given us on this journey!