A Scripture Experience
Some say when they are on a life journey they are searching to experience something new, something spiritually engaging. They long to blaze trails and find new ways to live. However, when Scripture experience happens, it is not only to experience a life-shift, but a life-transformation.
Recently, at a Deaf senior care center, for the first time, the people had the opportunity to receive God’s Word fully in their own language – American Sign Language. As they went through the different Biblical topics, the power of seeing Scripture in their own heart language raised many Biblical questions. It sparked a community discussion for over five hours! Exhausted, but fulfilled, they praised God for this gift and prayed for the remainder of Scripture to be completed.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12
Meanwhile, during their discussion, the senior living center’s meeting coordinator felt compelled to talk to the Deaf Bible Society leader. She couldn’t contain herself. For the first time in her life, she felt engaged with God’s Word. The Holy Spirit was sending her on her own quest for greater understanding. She absorbed so much, all at once, and wanted to share what she was learning by connecting others to the ASL Bible. She longed for others to encounter the same. It was God’s Word in her language which turned her excitement into a life transformation! She commented that one day, too, she would become a leader for the Lord. She had experienced Scripture!
Unfortunately, most Deaf people around the globe have yet to start their spiritual pilgrimage. There is no complete Bible for the more than 400 sign languages around the world. Only portions of Scripture exist for a handful of sign languages, while the New Testament is the only completed section of the American Sign Language Bible (ASLV©2018 Deaf Missions, Inc.).
Deaf Bible Society and their partners have much work ahead of them. However, they are trusting God as He leads them forward.