September 24th 2020 – After nearly four decades, the complete Bible is now available in American Sign Language for the first time ever.
Deaf Missions, a ministry dedicated to communicating “the Gospel of Jesus with Deaf people through their heart language, culture and identity,” began the project in the early 1980s.
In 2016, the mission partnered with Wycliffe USA, American Bible Society, Deaf Bible Society, Deaf Harbor, DOOR International, Pioneer Bible Translators, and Seed Company to complete the project.
“Roughly 98% of the worldwide population of Deaf people have never encountered the real Jesus,” notes the Deaf Missions website. “What is the number one issue Deaf people face when it comes to knowing Jesus? The answer boils down to two words: communication barriers.”
The final books lacked the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel which were completed recently. The entire Bible is now available to the world’s 70 million people and is free online, through social media, and on a smartphone app.