Our Story

We are committed to equipping and empowering
Deaf nationals to translate Gospel stories and passages
into their specific sign language or heart language.

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he Deaf Pathway Global translation team transforms print translations of Biblical narratives and passages into a complete picture or visual source. Individual scenes of Biblical narratives are drawn,  color-coded, and presented chronologically as part of the storyboard script. This is but one phase of the process that seeks to harness the Sign Roots at the heart of every language.

Most sign language groups around the world share foundational and universal concepts that we call Sign Roots -- a unique blend of facial expressions, body movements, and hand signals that are iconic in nature.

Providentially, Sign Roots - based conversations have an extremely high percentage of understanding between each sign language group. Herein lies the impetus for our process to accelerate the translation of God’s message into the heart language, of potentially every Deaf people group in the world.

Deaf translators analyze our videos of storyboard illustrations, dramatic portrayals, and Sign Roots translation, and then infuse local or indigenous lexical signs specific for their own national sign languages.

This visual-driven process to Bible translation for the Deaf is videoed at every level and shared via the Deaf Pathway Source App.

Deaf Pathway Global is currently employing this visual-based approach to Bible translation, in conjunction with the universally-shared Sign Roots used by the Deaf in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, and East Asia.  Soon Deaf Pathways will be beginning a new endeavor to translate a set of 60 Bible stories into the languages of the Deaf Slovenians, Deaf Croatian, and Deaf Serbians.

OUR BELIEFS

Deaf Pathway Global’s board has adopted the Lausanne Covenant as its guiding statement of belief and practice.

Deaf Pathway Bible App

See How it Works

Our Deaf Pathway Bible App is the only Deaf-driven Bible app that exists through a global network of Deaf peoples and is a non-print app whereby the user uses a completely visual and iconic navigation system.

Deaf Pathway Bible App

See How it Works

Our Deaf Pathway Bible App is the only Deaf-driven Bible app that exists through a global network of Deaf peoples and is a non-print app whereby the user uses a completely visual and iconic navigation system.

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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ENTRY

Deaf Bible Translators in Indonesia

Two young Deaf Indonesians recently graduated from our partner’s training program. Upon their return home, they have set up a studio and are filming and distributing Bible stories to engage previously unreached Deaf communities.

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EVANGELISM

Deaf Church Planters in the East Asia

Upon learning a set of Bible stories for evangelism provided by Deaf Pathway Global, a Deaf missionary in Asia has become more effective in evangelizing among numerous Deaf people in various small villages.

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DISICPLESHIP

Missionary Partner in West Africa

Two young Deaf Indonesians recently graduated from our partner’s training program. Upon their return home, they have set up a studio and are filming and distributing Bible stories to engage previously unreached Deaf communities.

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HEALTHY CHURCH FORMATION

Deaf Believers
in Mexico

Using our Bible story set on healthy church formation, the Deaf believers are now working together to lead their fellowship group to become a church.

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Deaf Leaders
in Thailand

Through Bible stories, in their heart language, the Deaf Thais have become strong followers of Christ. They now have a center of worship and training where they are utilizing these stories to lead and train others.

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NETWORK

Deaf Leaders in the
Czech Republic

A network of Deaf Bible translators and leaders of Deaf church fellowships meet regularly to share new Bible stories and to encourage one another towards reaching the Deaf in their nation for Christ.

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OUR MISSION

Transforming lives through Deaf-driven innovative approaches to Bible translation, thereby empowering Deaf persons to utilize and share God’s Message in their natural language.

OUR VISION

Deaf Pathway Global is working to produce a minimum of 300 Bible Stories for each Deaf people group.

OUR VISION

Deaf Pathway Global is working to produce a minimum of 300 Bible Stories for each Deaf people group.

Members of our team of Deaf people are steeped in both the original Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek as well as the foundations of sign language through the universally-recognized Sign Roots lexicon.

Often, the Deaf nationals, who engage our videos to translate Gospel narratives into their natural sign language, are being introduced to God’s truth for the first time. This seemingly organic Bible translation process supernaturally yields eternal fruit as new believers place their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. And as the Deaf nationals continue translating these Gospel-laden Bible stories, many mature to become fully-engaged disciples who share the Good News with others. Before long, a discipleship-infused Bible translating strategy has birthed Deaf-led churches.

Hence what begins as Bible translation by the Deaf for the Deaf inevitably results in a multiplication of new Christians who are discipled and then ultimately start new churches. Deaf Pathway Global’s Bible translation process is further proof of the Apostle Paul’s claim in Romans 1:16 that the Gospel “is the power of God for salvation …”.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott Harris
Chairman
MISSION INCREASE
Grant Lovejoy
Secretary
International Missions Board
Victor Hou
Treasurer
International Missions Board
Robert Moore
Gardner-Webb University
Tanya Polstra
Silent Blessings Deaf Ministries
Aric Randolph
Brentwood Baptist Church
Betty Stirsman
Brentwood Baptist Church
Don McDonald
Merrill Lynch
Brian Coates
brentwood baptist church
Tanya Polstra
Silent Blessings Deaf Ministries
Paul Yount
International Missions Board
Hank Greene
International missions board

DEAF PATHWAY TEAM

vesta sauter
executive director
dwight "d.j." martin
director of strategic operations

ANNUAL REPORTS

Read about the impact being around the world through Deaf Pathway Global and its partners.

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An Annual Report book