Approximately 70 million people worldwide use a sign language as their primary language.* Just one in 50 have been introduced to the gospel. Many live in places that are mostly or completely untouched by the gospel, and because they are often separated from the larger Hearing society around them, they have even fewer opportunities to learn of the good news.
Simply bringing the gospel to these places isn’t enough. Even if a Deaf person lives in a community with many churches, a significant number of Christians and access to printed Scripture, he or she is unlikely to be reached with the gospel. Deaf communities have distinct languages, cultures and worldviews. Therefore, to effectively reach them we need to mobilize and equip believers who are accepted into Deaf society and who can utilize appropriate methods to communicate the gospel in their sign language.