Romans 10:15 says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” This verse often conjures up thoughts of faithful and sacrificial missionaries, traveling the world, telling the redemptive story of Jesus. But the feet of Christian parents, passing the truth of the Gospel on to their children, are just as stunning as a nomadic missionary. However, what happens if there is no access available to the Gospel in a language and form that mom and dad can grasp?
Keith Wann is a CODA (Children of Deaf Adults). He shares his view on why it is essential for all people, including Deaf parents, to have access to God’s Word in their own language – a language that they know best and can understand.
My parents are Deaf, and I am able to hear. I want to tell you why it’s important to have access to God’s Word. As a Christian parent, you feel a great responsibility to teach your children about God. However, how can you teach your children about something you don’t have access to? When access is made available in sign language, parents can learn about God’s ways, pray together, and lead their children with the resources they need for their own faith walk. Having Biblical access is key to all generations knowing God.
God has entrusted parents with the privilege of passing the most valuable Truth to the next generation! Deaf individuals and parents finding truth and hope in a sign language Bible are eager to pass the knowledge of God on to those around them.
The Gospel in sign language means that the beautiful feet of Deaf parents have the opportunity to make an impact on the children of the next generation.