This year we discovered that the fourth largest unreached people group in the world are the Deaf. Deaf people are often overlooked but the church, and hearing people can find it hard to understand their culture and their needs.
While the actual worldwide deaf population is disputed (some say 300 million), the World Federation of Deaf estimates that 70 million deaf people use sign language. Of the total population, it is estimated that less than 2% have been reached with the Gospel.
Learning sign language
A common misconception within the hearing community is that there is a single, universal sign language. In fact, there are at least 200 known deaf languages, with some estimates at double that number.
So, this year, we started equipping ourselves to share the Good News with the Deaf. We have engaged a teacher and a group of us are learning Hong Kong Sign Language with the aim of meeting the deaf people living in our city and sharing Jesus with them.
We are working with Faith Comes By hearing to develop Bibles stories in a visual form, so that the Deaf might know the Good News. We have also started signing in our worship.
For more information on our outreach in Hong Kong, why not get in touch?