God was doing something different this time around, something that he was not expecting.
Jason, a director for Deaf Bible Society, frequently travels to states around the nation to talk about the American Sign Language (ASL) Bible and its value to Deaf communities and churches. His goal is to help Deaf leaders and pastors know the importance of using a signed Bible within their communities, their presentations and sermons. He explains why the ASL Bible has the ability to touch the lives of many Deaf people compared to the written Bible, mainly because it uses the heart language of the Deaf community. Jason knows the struggle of standing before church leaders who hold onto traditional methods and habits.The problem mainly lies with the written grammar of the text, which falls short and flat on a page in comparison to the dynamics of a 3d signed language Bible.
Most Deaf leaders traditionally have accustomed themselves to using written Scripture because it has been available, even though many Deaf people have difficulty understanding it. Since a large portion of the ASL Bible is now freely available to all, Jason’s goal is to encourage communities with a choice.
Jason had attended a Deaf leadership conference where he witnessed more pastors and church leaders integrating the ASL Bible into their presentations and sermons than ever before. He had not expected that. It was clear that God was doing a new thing! Even though some still held to their traditional methods of using the written text and then explaining the content, Jason knew that God was on the move. He can testify to more and more people believing that the ASL Bible is the trustworthy work of the Lord in their own heart language.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.Isaiah 43:19