New Testament translation into Sign Language
The Bible Society of Lithuania is translating the New Testament for use in the community of people who use Lithuanian Sign language as their native and only language.
In Lithuania there are about 8,000 people with a hearing disability who use sign language. They have no Bible texts, study or educational materials in their language at all. For a long time these people were neglected as the language was not officially recognized in Soviet times, but this changed in 1996. Within the main cities there are now six schools that teach Lithuanian Sign language.
It is planned to have the whole New Testament finished and uploaded to the internet by 2023. The Lithuanian Sign language New Testament will also be available on DVD for those without access to the internet.
Pray for those who currently feel cut off from society and the church as they use a different language. Pray that this new translation will allow many to understand God’s message and to feel a part of His family.
Photo: an image from the Gospel of Mark in Lithuanian Sign language.