My name is Andrew, and I am 28 years old.
I first saw Scripture in Ugandan Sign Language during my third year of secondary school. I was 14 years old. It was so wonderful! The stories and pictures made God’s Word so clear. The questions posed after each story helped my class further discuss what we saw.
I was raised in a hearing Christian family. We went to church together but didn’t have conversations about what they heard or experienced. They have only learned basic signs, and we don’t discuss things related to Scripture. My favorite Bible story is Daniel in the lions’ den. It has taught me so much about trusting God and remaining faithful to Him no matter what I’m going through. I only want to worship the one true God. How I would love to discuss Daniel with my family.
I am a member of a Deaf church and also attend the Fellowship Nights during the week. These Fellowship Nights allow us to ask questions and learn more about Scripture together. A young Deaf mother came one evening. Her child had been sick for three months, and she wanted to know what God’s Word says about using herbal medicines. Her grandmother wanted to give the child an herbal tea, but the mother refused because she thought it might be witchcraft. Through our discussion, we learned how God made all of creation and that it is good. He gives us plants for our benefit. It is whether or not we use them for His good and glory.
It is a matter of the condition of our heart. We want to live holy lives. We need more of God’s Word in our sign language to learn and grow in Christ together.
…that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…”- Colossians 1:10 (NIV)