Lola, who is Deaf, is thankful to the many advocates who are fighting the good fight. She has seen a lot in her 65 years. Through tears, she says this is the first time in her life she is seeing people fight for and embrace her language as a legitimate language.
Lola’s first language is American Sign Language (ASL). It is the language that she prefers best. ASL is an active language. One that is different from the grammar and structure of English.
As a child, she recalls that the general public did not value Deaf people or their language. The world often had preconceived ideas about Deaf people and their culture. Lola remembers others looking down on her and her Deaf friends while they communicated in public. Many considered her and her language of lesser significance.
Today, Lola chokes up. Fueled by real emotion, her tears flow as she talks about the work that Deaf Bible Society and their translation partner, Deaf Missions, do to make the American Sign Language Bible clear, natural, accurate, and freely accessible to Deaf communities in North America. Growing up, she remembers laboring with the words of God from the printed pages of a written Bible. For the first time in her life, Lola sees people taking notice of the need for God’s Word to be translated into sign language Scripture for the Deaf around the world.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Lola encourages the translation teams and their work with great sincerity. Don’t give up. Don’t give in, she says. You are all making a difference for Christ and in the good fight for sign languages around the world to be known!
Today, help make God’s Word available to Deaf communities worldwide.