Thirty years ago a small group gathered to discuss what it would take for the Japanese Deaf community to have a Bible in their own language, Japanese Sign Language (JSL). This year we remember and celebrate! That’s 30 years of translating God’s Word from its original languages into Japanese Sign Language. 30 years of giving the Japanese Deaf community access to God’s heart for them. 30 years of transformed lives.
We look back to that distant starting point, and we say thank you! To God, to Christ, and to all who worked and gave and prayed and played their part–all those God used to make it happen!
We are celebrating with a new website. One new site with JSL, Japanese and English. Please check it out at jslbible.org
Another change is the new logo. The designer explained it well. “The mark combines several visual forms, most obviously an open hand and an open book. The lines that render a hand also evoke a flame—appropriate in light of the way God’s living Word kindles revival. Las of all, there’s a suggested horizon and rising sun, which symbolize hope and renewal while honoring Japan.
There will be a dedicated Facebook page (in English) to keep you up to date on prayer requests and praises. The requests and praises will continue to come from the team in Japan. You can find these on Facebook at “JSL Bible Prayer”.
Updates will be in both Japanese and English on Facebooks’ “JSL Bible” page.
As we continue moving forward and changing, our mission remains unchanged: to see the living Word transforming Deaf communities throughout Japan.
We have over 35% of God’s Word translated into Japanese Sign Language. 35% is exciting, but there is so much more on the horizon ahead! More salvation, more digging into God’s word, more flourishing, more radical change. So much more! Thank you for being a part.
We are grateful for the past and looking forward to the future!