God’s Word hidden in hearts through different languages.
My name is Deborah. It is signed by cupping your hand over your mouth. I got this sign name due to a burn I received when I was a child. Growing up, my family worked on a rural farm, so we only went to church a few times. They were always churches for hearing people, so I didn’t know what was going on. My family couldn’t explain it to me because, being the oldest of eight siblings, I am the only one who is Deaf.
Today, I have a little boy and girl who are hearing. We attend a hearing church because I want my children to be able to know God’s Word in their spoken language. They know sign language too because that’s my language and we need to be able to communicate with each other. I understand some Scripture, but I want to ensure that my children know God’s Word for themselves. I started going to a Deaf church earlier this year. It was the first time I saw Scripture in my sign language. I want to be able to watch Scripture in my home, in my sign language. I want to teach my children more about the Bible and God’s ways, but for me to be able to train my children to have a greater interest and trust in Jesus, I need to know more about Him myself.
We recently moved into a new home this past Easter. Our prior home was broken into and all of our possessions were stolen. I need God’s Word in my sign language so I can understand it more. I need to teach my children about God’s Truth so they can have it in their hearts where it cannot be stolen.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”– Psalm 119:11 (NIV)