After 18 years of waiting and with limited translation resources, an interdenominational team celebrated completion of the Gospel of Mark. Their work was bolstered by cross-referencing the American Sign Language Version Bible (ASLV), completed in 2020 and now an invaluable resource as the world’s first full Bible in sign langauge.
The translation team, when able, travels more than 8 hours one way on treacherous roads from North Ghana to South Ghana where 90 percent of the country’s of the Deaf community lives. Despite the difficulty, the team is encouraged by early responses to sign language Scriptures from the Gospel of Luke. A hoped-for relocation would cut their travel time in half as translation work continues.
From childhood, the Deaf in El Salvador are often hidden from sight — pushed to the margins of society by family shame, lack of education, poverty, and underemployment. But the sign language translation of 30 Bible stories is beginning to change the narrative for Deaf people as they gain access to see and share God’s love.
Successful teams, partners, and advocates build strong relationships when trust is cultivated, patience is practiced, and empowerment is given. It is a journey that has multiple paths but is never walked alone.