“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to
every town and place where he was about to go.” Luke 10:1
The sun rises with the promise of a new opportunity. Filled with faith, a small group of Deaf individuals come together, looking forward to that promise. This is their first mission trip. Destination, Cuba! Their goal? To reach Deaf Cubans untouched by a sign language Gospel.
Inspiration and excitement take their rightful place in the hearts of the mission team as they prepare to leave. Their desire to see the worship of Jesus spread across the country will take them beyond borders.
Along with the group’s courage and compassion lies one of the most essential and valued resources for their journey – Scripture content translated into Cuban Sign Language.
But this day didn’t come quickly for the mission team because Bible content in Cuban Sign Language wasn’t translated before. And, many of the team members didn’t fully understand the Great Commission until they had God’s Word in their own sign language.
However, God’s timing is perfect! Through the prayers and diligent work of our partners, portions of the Gospel in Cuban Sign Language are ready! Biblical accounts such as The Birth of Christ, The Good Samaritan, and The Lost Sheep allow Deaf people to reach other Deaf people in a language they can understand!
A Deaf missionary living in Cuba says, When I first saw the Deaf Bible App, I thought we finally have it! We are in such need of it. But another problem is that technology in Cuba is so limited, we’ve been trying to figure out the best way to provide the Bible to Deaf people. Through USB’s, phones, and some other ways as well…the simple fact that we have it, FINALLY, THANK YOU, we really need more of it.
Ready for an extraordinary journey, the Deaf missionary group assembles to leave. They become more than just a group of people upholding challenges, obstacles, and opportunities by faith. They become part of a well-worn footpath once only known by the penned word of God. Now they are known as Deaf people reaching other Deaf people, recognizing that the Lord has been standing at the door for some time, waiting to be invited in.