Celebrating The Big Five with Five Good Things!

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 Good Things we “Kissfist!”

One way American Deaf people show their love for something is to kiss their clenched fist. It’s called “Kissfist.” As we look back on the milestones, we can’t help but “Kissfist” five areas of growth through the Lord.

1) Called

We have amazing partners and teams!  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. – Colossians 1:3

Every day, all over the world, our partners, translation teams, and advocates rise to the occasion to make sign language Bible translation a priority. All are called, and some have given many years of sacrifice and dedication to see all Deaf people have access to the Word of God in a sign language that speaks best to their hearts. 

We are very grateful to our partners. Making God’s Word accessible in sign languages is not possible without them!

APSDA, Deaf Harbor, Deaf Missions, DOOR International, Faith Comes by Hearing, Jesus Film Project, Seed Company, SIL, United Bible Societies, Forum of Bible Agencies North America, Wycliffe, American Bible Society, and the many new partnerships that God will bring together in the future!

More than ever before, Deaf communities are being recognized as people groups with unique cultures which are different from their hearing counterparts.There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28

The fight for communication access is on the rise! As technology provides a faster way to communicate, more accurate information, and the ability to seamlessly collaborate around the world, education and awareness continue to spread, advocating for Deaf peoples and their rights to have access to the same information that their hearing counterparts receive.

These advancements makes it possible to enlighten societies through various social media platforms where more political groups and governments are becoming aware. As sign languages become increasingly noticed, so do Deaf people and their lack of resources, such as Bibles in sign language.The Christian community is entrusted with the privilege of making God’s Word available in all languages, including sign languages. 

3) Commissioned

Because of the work of our partners, the consideration for sign language Bibles gains traction around the world. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

Starting a non-profit Christian organization can be challenging. Sometimes it can take years before the unique vision and hard work pays off to the point where spiritual fruit is evident. Thankfully, we stand together, commissioned with many others who have caught the same vision and desire to see Deaf people taste and see the Good News of the Gospel message. 

A celebration spotlights and reflects the work and dedication of those who are striving to make a difference in the lives of Deaf people around the world. For example, our partner, Deaf Missions plans to soon celebrate the completion of the American Sign Language Version Bible – the first of its kind! This is a pivotal moment and step forward for the global Deaf Christian population. Other sign language Bible translation teams are following their lead. In all, God will be glorified!

4) Obedient

Running our race means diligent and continual care toward seeing all Deaf people have Scripture in their sign languages. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us – Hebrews 12:1b

Running a race takes a lot of diligent practice and obedience. Intentional practice leads to long-term stamina. Every day, Deaf and hearing leaders, team members, partners, and Deaf pastors run an intentional race with the practice and perseverance of good stewardship, service, and prayers toward the vision to see all Deaf people experience the love of the Lord. 

5) Worthy

We have unwavering prayer partners. We have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. – Colossians 1:9

Prayer is an essential gift from God. It allows each believer to bring the smallest need or the deepest desire to the feet of His throne. It enables intimacy between the believer and the Lord while caretaking for others. He is worthy of our prayers!

When one person commits to pray over another, their heart longs to see the best outcome in alignment with the will of God. When more than several hundred people all over the world commit to pray for the same needs, there is an assurance of covering and a building of strength to serve like Jesus. 

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