“Now may the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13: 20a-21
Pondering the many ways that God shows His glory through the workers at Deaf Bible Society, can be overwhelming at times. For Jason, Deaf Bible Society’s National Scripture Engagement Coordinator, that kind of day never grows old.
Jason had recently connected with a woman who had expressed her gratitude for the Deaf Bible app in American Sign language (ASL). She explained that as long as she could remember, her Deaf husband loved spending time in God’s Word. However, because English is not his first language, he struggles with reading the text.
American Sign language is the first language for many Deaf people in America. It is a complete and separate language from English, with its own syntax and grammar. This makes reading, in English, a second language to most Deaf people.
For many years and hours upon end, this woman’s husband had relied upon his wife to read and explain the English text of God’s Word. He worked diligently to memorize the content accurately. His goal? To learn Scripture and then teach it to others during Bible study, twice a week.
Since Deaf Bible Society has made God’s Word accessible in ASL, her husband felt empowered to have God’s Word in his own language, in his own time, without feeling dependent upon another person. Not only did Scripture come alive to him in his first language, but his relationship with his wife changed for the better. No longer was she in a teaching role. Their time together grew and became God-centered husband and wife conversations.
God had equipped the man with everything he needed, and he was passionately in pursuit with a new kind of confidence.