The Deaf are the largest unreached people group in the world. There are 70 million Deaf people, and more than 400 sign languages in use around the world, but NONE of them have a completed sign language translation of the Bible.
Please consider whether the Lord is asking you to support us as we follow his leading. Before leaving for India, William Carey painted a picture of a missionary as someone who goes down into a pit to rescue those who have fallen in. “I will go down into the pit,” he said, “If you will hold the ropes.” You can be a “rope-holder” in several ways.
Romans 12:12. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Colossians 4:2-4. Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
Prayer support is just as important as financial support. We want you on our prayer team! We keep an up to-date list of our prayer-requests and praises (click on “Prayer” in the menu at the top of this page) so that you can know how to pray for us specifically, and so that we can celebrate together when the Lord answers.
Romans 10:14-15. But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Ask the Lord if he wants you to send us to the Deaf by supporting us financially. No gift is too large or too small to be part of the work that God is doing with the Deaf. To reach our Mission Coalition donation page, click here, or see the top of the side-bar on the right for instructions on giving.
3. Learn More:
To learn more about the Deaf, and Deaf culture, and sign-language Bible Translation, we suggest starting with these blog posts:
- “Seeing the Need: Eye-Opening Infographics for Sign-Language Bible Translation”
- “A Hearing Person’s Guide to Deaf Ministry”
- “Christianity Today Interview with Deaf Bible Society”
Colossians 1:6. This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
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How long will you stay in Colombia?
We intend to stay indefinitely. While we don’t know exactly what the future holds, but our plan is to stay in Colombia until the translation project is finished. We will likely return to the states once every 2-4 years as needed to visit family and supporters.
Why monthly support?
We often are asked why monthly support is better than one-time donations. It is because we are planning to stay on the field indefinitely. Our plan is set up a home in Colombia, put down roots, learn the language, and let Aki grow up there. We plan to be there until the translation is finished or someone takes our place so we can move on to another project in need. One time donations are great for plane tickets and set-up cost, but they do not provide the steady reliable support that will allow us to live as a family in Colombia while we work full time on the project. Monthly donations are what provide the financial security that allows us to plan ahead and focus on our work instead of worrying about what next month’s paycheck will be. And, most importantly, our organization will not allow us to launch to Colombia until supporters have pledged 100% of the budget needed for us to live in Colombia.