Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2020 – Issue 1

Dear Friend,

It is a pleasure to share this year’s first issue of our quarterly newsletter with you! In the coming months, we will share key developments in how God’s Word is impacting global Deaf communities. In each issue, we will update you with news from Deaf Bible Society, stories of joy from the field, and ways to pray alongside us as this Great Commission initiative unfolds.

A lot has happened since we kicked off our new fiscal year in April. Though the global landscape is ever-changing and we are walking through unprecedented challenges, the Lord has been faithful to make way for this mission to march on. Our annual report shows steady stewardship and planted seeds bearing fruit. In June, we celebrated a significant 5-year milestone in our organization’s history. It is with joy that we look back on all that God has accomplished in and through us working together! 

Your faithful partnership, support, and prayers are gifts that encourage us to continue toward God’s call to provide God’s Word in Every Sign Language.
For such a time as this,

Chantel Pagan

President – CEO, Deaf Bible Society

Updates from the Field

•The Translation Acceleration Team supports Deaf translation teams worldwide through encouragement, prayer, and training. We thank God for those teams who must brave the conditions to persevere in their work and that their funding is stable.
•God has blessed 6 translation teams with the Sign Language Translation Tool. This software simplifies translation work and allows for remote feedback with translation consultants. We look forward to version 1.0 being released by the end of the month.
•In collaboration with Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, our Curriculum & Training team is updating the training program for our Translation Acceleration team. In the future, this improved training will support local project managers assisting Deaf translation teams.
•Despite travel restrictions, the Josiah School of Translation staff continues to advance curriculum development for translation teams undergoing training in the coming months.

Pray with Deaf Bible Society

•Pray for churches as they grow in creativity and offer online services so that access becomes available to their local Deaf communities. 
•Pray for the dedicated international translation teams who must continue to commute to work by public transportation or by walking great distances daily!
•Pray for those in Deaf communities who feel even more isolated during this season of COVID-19. May they feel the presence of the Lord and His comforting hand – maybe for the first time! 

Their Faithful Fruit

“The work of sign language Bible translation is challenging. Since we are Deaf, we struggle to understand the written Word. Many churches do not provide access in sign language, which makes understanding the message difficult…There are many Deaf people from our countries who live in darkness without the light of God’s Word. Now, I stand here and thank God for His goodness.” See more of Joseph’s joy here.

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