40 Day Prayer Challenge — Day 21

Pray for endeavors around the world translating the Bible into sign language for the deaf, particularly for the endeavor in El Salvador. Pray for the health and safety of the translation teams as they press forward with this important task. Pray for people and churches in El Salvador’s deaf community that they would be encouraged in God’s Word. Pray for deaf communities around the world that are still waiting for Scripture.

From the Wycliffe Prayer Team:

Many deaf people in El Salvador live in the capital city of San Salvador and other urban areas to have easier access to schools, health services and potential jobs. Most of the Salvadoran deaf don’t identify with a religion because they haven’t had the opportunity to learn about God. In order to grow in their faith and knowledge of God, they need Scripture available in Salvadoran sign language.

The Salvadoran sign language translation team has already translated 38 Bible stories — but they aren’t done yet! This year they plan to complete portions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Timothy and 1 Peter.

A video format is used to share God’s Word in Salvadoran sign language because hand gestures, body language and facial expressions are so important in signed communication. The Scripture videos are then released on DVD.

A local El Salvador church is a strong partner in this translation endeavor, and their entire congregation is committed to working with the deaf. Just like the translation team, they feel that it’s God’s calling on their lives to provide Scripture for the over 46,000 people in El Salvador’s deaf community.

John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

Post written by: Rose Lucas
Edited by: Pearl Morley
Photo credit: James Staddon (To learn more about him and his photography please visit www.lenspiration.com.)

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