New JESUS Movie Reaches the Deaf: ‘One of the Largest Unreached People Groups’

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New JESUS Movie Reaches the Deaf: ‘One of the Largest Unreached People Groups’

By Movieguide® Contributor

A brand-new Jesus-centered movie seeks to share the gospel people with who have not experienced it before.

Deaf Missions’ upcoming movie JESUS: A DEAF MISSIONS FILM portrays the “story of Jesus and his ministry on Earth” entirely in American Sign Language.

“I’m excited to see how the Deaf audience responds to this film,” said director Joseph D. Josselyn in a press release. “They can finally watch a movie about Jesus without any language barriers and become fully immersed in it with their heart language!” 

According to Deaf Missions, “Roughly 98% of the worldwide population of Deaf people have never encountered the real Jesus. What is the number one issue Deaf people face when it comes to knowing Jesus? The answer boils down to two words: communication barriers.” 

“Deaf Missions, a ministry dedicated to communicating the Gospel of Jesus with Deaf people through their heart language, culture and identity, has partnered with GUM Vision Studio, along with numerous ministries and generous donors to bring JESUS: a Deaf Missions film to theaters,” the statement continued.

“It was incredibly important to us to partner with Deaf actors and Deaf professionals to bring this story to life for the Deaf audience,” said executive producer and CEO of Deaf Missions Chad Entinger. “The Deaf community is one of the largest unreached people groups in the world, so we are praying that God will use this movie to ignite a movement of healing and heart change in the Deaf community.” 

Deafness affects millions of people worldwide.

According to the World Health Organization, “Over 5% of the world’s population – or 430 million people – require rehabilitation to address their disabling hearing loss (including 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 700 million people – or 1 in every 10 people – will have disabling hearing loss.” 

JESUS will release to select theaters on June 20, 2024. The trailer can be viewed and tickets can be purchased here.

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