New Jesus Movie To Reach 70 Million Deaf People Around the World
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
A new project hopes to reach 70 million deaf people around the world by translating the Gospel into sign language. Deaf Missions will translate THE JESUS FILM and other Gospel-related videos into sign languages through crowdfunding. So far, the organization has raised $1 million of a $4.8 million goal.
If you put all the Deaf people in the world in one country, it would be the third most populated country in the world. Deaf Missions exists because only 2% of these Deaf people around the globe have been introduced to Jesus. That means 98% of Deaf people have yet to experience salvation in Him.
It is our vision to see the lives of Deaf people transformed and impacted through God’s Word in their native and heart language – sign language.
That vision drives the three ministry priorities of Deaf Missions:
- We TRANSLATE – our top priority is translating all of God’s Word into American Sign Language (ASL) by the year 2020. This will give Deaf people their first ever complete Bible in a sign language!
- We TRAIN – the Deaf Missions Training Center (DMTC) trains and equips men and women to be more effective church planters, leaders, preachers, Bible translators and missionaries.
- We REACH – our staff and students utilize the ASL Bible, Daily Devotions for the Deaf, and other resources as they go out and reach Deaf people with the Gospel message.
Through these three priorities, Deaf Missions is IMPACTING the lives of Deaf men, women and children around the world!
The Jesus Film Project translates THE JESUS FILM and other Gospel-related video projects into hundreds of languages.
“We believe film is the most dynamic way to hear and see the greatest story ever lived — so we are driven to bring Christ-centered video to the ends of the earth,” according to the website. “More than 490 million people have come to Jesus after watching these films!”