Celebrating The Big Five with Five Accomplishments!

There’s no better way to celebrate the first five years than to recognize Five Good Things, Five Accomplishments, and Five Ways to Praise the Lord!

 Five Accomplishments -”Pah!” 

One way American Deaf people show something is successful is by making a “pah” sound along with the sign for success. 

The Big Five celebrates partners, teams, and advocates who have stood alongside the mission and vision to see the goodness of God’s Word in Every Sign Language. 

Successful teams, partners, and advocates build strong relationships when trust is cultivated, patience is practiced, and empowerment is given. It is a journey that has multiple paths but is never walked alone. 

1.

Scripture Downloads

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 28:19

Sign language communities rely upon video Bibles and access to sign language Scriptures. As global teams complete translations, Scripture content is uploaded and made available to the world. More than 170,000 Android and IOS App installs represent the deep desire to have access to God’s Word in a heart signed language!

2.

Prayer Partners

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. – Matthew 9:38 

Prayer is not an afterthought, but a ministry in itself. The multiplication of prayer partners and advocates is essential to Deaf Bible Society’s core beliefs. This journey is not for the weary, but for the invested thousands of Deaf and hearing people worldwide who come together to impact eternity. To date, there are over 1000 dedicated prayer partners faithfully lifting up Deaf translation teams and their work, Deaf people, Deaf societies, partners, and partnerships, all for the glory of the Lord.    

3.

Great Commission Initiatives

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Colossians 3:23

With courageous obedience to Christ, much care, commitment, and cultivation have poured into Scripture distribution, training others how to do so, researching, engaging and building relationships, and/or actively funding 76 sustainable Great Commission initiatives. We are honored to accelerate Bible translation work for 22 of these Deaf communities that lack Scripture in their sign languages. The vision to reveal the hope of the Gospel and see Christ flourish among the global Deaf population is significantly tied to each project and focus area of our work.

4.

Accessible Signed Languages

I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. – John 17:26

Sign language Scripture translation is made available from the work of translation teams stationed all over the world. Due to their diligence and dedication, 29+ active sign languages with Bible content are made accessible through the Deaf Bible App and website to be experienced and shared throughout signing populations. 

5.

Accessible Churches 

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13

Signing communities cry out for church accessibility – a comfortable place to fellowship with the Lord and others. Deaf Church Where is one online tool supporting Deaf communities with worship possibilities. Across the states, there are 734 active churches nested into categories of sign language accessibility, paving a footpath to an open door.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8