A FOBAI first: reaching the Deaf for Christ

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By Kathy Hearth | mnnonline.org

An African child signs “I Love You” in gratitude for the Gospel DVD he received from DOOR. (Photo cred: DOOR)

An African child signs “I Love You” in gratitude for the Gospel DVD he received from DOOR.
(Photo cred: DOOR)

International (MNN) — The Deaf are meeting “the God beyond the page,” thanks to groups likeDOOR International.

DOOR translates Scripture into sign language, and equips Deaf believers with the resources they need to fulfill the Great Commission.

“Out of the 70 million Deaf people worldwide, it’s estimated that less than two-percent of them know Christ and are following Him,” shares Dr. Rob Myers, President of DOOR International.

Myers just returned from an annual conference organized by the Forum of Bible Agencies International, or FOBAI. FOBAI is a coalition of groups involved in Bible translation that pool resources and ideas.

“For the very first time in history, not only were the needs of sign language communities mentioned, but they actually served as the common theme this year.

“It was called, ‘The Macedonian Call: Engaging Hearing Communities with Deaf Groups.’”

The theme is a reference to Acts 16:6 – 10. This passage recounts Paul’s momentary pause in Troas, when he was seeking God’s direction and had a vision of a man from Macedonia. The man asked Paul to come to Macedonia because they needed his assistance.

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