Field Coordinators Lend Critical Support for Sign Language Bible Translation

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Tens of millions of Deaf people have no access to God’s Word in sign language. Fewer than 50 of the world’s 400 sign languages have any Scripture portions, and no sign language has a complete Bible.

Thankfully, these numbers are changing as Deaf believers translate God’s Word into their heart sign language.

George*, a Translation Field Coordinator with Deaf Bible Society, supports these Deaf translation teams in critical ways.

George has been in the “Deaf world” for decades, working cross-culturally with Deaf believers in a variety of ways. He began serving in his current role approximately one year ago and is one of Deaf Bible Society’s four Field Coordinators.

“I’m working with teams in Eurasia, and then on larger-scope things, [I work with] maybe another eight to 10 groups that are just getting started or have a fledgling translation project,” George says.

As a Field Coordinator, George makes sure the team has everything it needs to finish the translation on time and under budget.

Through internet-based video calls, George gets to know each Deaf translator and the team’s overall needs. “One of the most important tasks of a Translation Field Coordinator is building and maintaining a close relationship with teams; building confidence, making sure expectations are clear… so that they can accomplish the translation of the Word of God on time and within budget,” he says.

Whether it’s resources or training, George makes sure each team in his charge gets what it needs to succeed. Plus, “I work behind the scenes to help facilitate… discipleship, sometimes just building skills so that they can be effective both in their translation work [and] in their personal lives,” he adds.

SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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