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.
Effectively reaching them with the message of Christ requires mobilizing and equipping individuals who can communicate this good news in their unique languages and in culturally relevant ways.
God is raising up workers uniquely equipped to communicate the hope of Jesus among these least-reached people: Deaf believers!
The Christar Deaf Initiative is mobilizing Deaf followers of Christ to serve Him among those who have been cut off from the gospel and who currently have no way to learn of His saving, sustaining grace.
STORIES FROM THE ROAD
“There’s an openness to the Gospel,” says Christar worker Frank.* “The local religion isn’t doing anything for them. They have been taken advantage of and abused, even among themselves. … The opportunity is so great.”
But despite this openness, there are only about a dozen followers of Christ among the Persian Deaf. Hundreds of thousands more are without the hope of Jesus—not because they have rejected Him, but because no one has shared the Gospel with them in their language.
The Persian Deaf are just one of the many least-reached Deaf people groups that don’t yet have a way to learn of the transforming grace Christ offers. Through the Deaf Initiative, Christar is seeking to involve the Church, particularly Deaf believers, in reaching the Deaf in their unique languages and cultures. It’s mobilizing these followers of Christ—those who can most effectively convey the hope of Jesus among the Deaf—so that these least-reached people don’t have to wait any longer to be introduced to this eternally good news.