A Vision for Transformation | Wycliffe Bible Translators

A Vision for Transformation

  • June 1, 2020

Deaf communities represent some of the least reached language groups in the world. According to Deaf Bible Society, there are an estimated 70 million Deaf using more than 350 different sign languages today. Yet only one of these languages has a complete Bible in a language and format they understand.*

Many might assume since the Deaf can see, they can read and understand. But that is often not the case because the language they’re reading in does not speak to their hearts — they’re just words on a page. That is why a team of Deaf Bible translators in Thailand is working diligently to make the Bible available and accessible in Thai Sign Language — the language that speaks to the hearts of the Thai Deaf community.

*This is based on the translation standards established by the Forum of Bible Agencies International. The American Sign Language Bible was completed by Deaf Missions in collaboration with partners like American Bible Society, Seed Company, DOOR International, Deaf Bible Society, Pioneer Bible Translators and Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.

The Deaf have suffered a long history of misunderstanding and discrimination. But the Thai Sign Language community is finding hope in God’s Word.