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Celebrating Five Years Together Strong!
Reflecting on what God has done through Deaf communities, partnerships, teams, and a spiritual calling to see God’s Word in Every Sign Language.
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Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
- Philippians 4:8
The Big Five!
There’s no better way to celebrate The Big Five than to Taste and See that the Lord is good.
Click below to join us and throw confetti for five years of work through our global translation teams, partners, and advocates!
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2015
  • A handful of visionaries working within Faith Comes by Hearing establish Deaf Bible Society as a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization. J.R. Bucklew serves as founding CEO and president.
  • Deaf Bible Society partners with various ministries to offer the global Deaf community free and unlimited Bible access in their heart languages.
  • The Deaf Bible App and website provide Bible content in 20 sign languages.
  • Deaf Bible Together is established and the first microSD cards with sign language Scripture are distributed in Africa.
2016
  • The Deaf Bible App and website provide Bible content in 24 sign languages.
  • Scripture Engagement Training for American Sign Language is developed and launched.
  • Online Deaf Bible sign language study Bible feature is released.
  • Relocates headquarters to Arlington, TX.
  • Deaf Church Where website launches.
  • India receives microSD cards with sign language Scripture content.
2017
  • International Scripture Engagement Training is developed and launched.
  • First Deaf Bible Together conference hosted to encourage the next generation with God's Word.
  • Consultant and Resource Development (CoRD) is established.
  • Museum of the Bible opens in Washington D.C. and features Deaf Bible Society resources to educate the public about the need for sign language Bible translation.
  • Deaf Bible Together program expands to Europe and Asia, microSD cards with sign language Scripture are distributed.
2018
  • Deaf Bible Society partners with United Bible Societies to develop the first Sign Language Bible Translation Tool (SLLT).
  • Deaf Christian Media Network launches by acquiring DVC Christian Television Network.
  • Deaf Church Where features 600+ churches.
  • The Deaf Bible App and website features Bible content in 28 sign languages.
2019
  • Deaf Bible Society partners with Passion to advocate for a Sign Language Bible for Every Deaf person.
  • The Josiah School of Translation (JST) develops curriculum and provides pilot cohort training for five translation teams.
  • Deaf Bible App and website are upgraded, offering new features and enhancements.
  • Nineteen sign language Bible translation projects are accelerated through partnerships.
  • Aveditz website launches, a centralized place providing research and information about the sign languages of the world.
2020
  • Deaf Church Where website hits 1.6K monthly visitors.
  • The mantle of CEO is passed to Chantel Pagan.
  • More than 1,000 people join in prayer over the Sign Language Bible cause!
  • Social media grows with more than 57,000+ followers across all platforms joining the sign language Bible vision.
  • Translated Bible content in 29+ sign languages are accessible through the Deaf Bible App and website.
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Don’t Blow out the Candles Just Yet
Around the globe, there are more than 350+ sign languages. Only an estimated 10% of sign language communities have access to some Bible content in a language that speaks best to their hearts.

Deaf Bible Society partners with advocates to see the vision of God’s Word in Every Sign Language fulfilled.

By providing free access to Bible translations in 25+ sign languages, with the expectation of more scripture content becoming available everyday, the Hope of the life-changing Gospel is possible!
Joy, Jubilee, and Triumph
Five years ago, a handful of Christian visionaries working within Faith Comes By Hearing set a new course for reaching Deaf people around the world with God’s Word. At the time, only the Deaf Bible App existed, along with many unknowns a deep passion for seeing Deaf communities rooted in Christian faith through access to Scripture in their sign languages.

June 2015, Deaf Bible Society launched with a vision to create local, sustainable, Great Commission initiatives among the Deaf to reveal the hope of the Gospel so that every Deaf person has the opportunity to receive, experience, and share it. To God’s glory, this pioneering vision ... now extends to nearly every continent through more than 80 partnering organizations.

From day one, collaboration through the body of Christ has been at the core of this movement. These five years have passed quickly, and with great impact. With sincerest thanks and gratitude to the Deaf champions, prayer partners, donors, churches, and other ministries from around the world. Your generosity and God’s faithfulness have provided nearly 19 million people with free and unlimited access to Scripture in their native sign languages. We praise God that the Deaf Bible platform is recognized as the most widely used digital Bible platform for Deaf people.

God’s redeeming power is at work. Of the 362 currently identified sign language communities globally, Deaf Bible Society is actively distributing Bible content, training others how to do so, researching, engaging to build relationships, and/or funding Bible translation work with 76 of them. How honored we are to accelerate Bible translation work for 22 of these Deaf communities that lack Scripture in their sign languages. We press on to serve all Deaf people groups by providing God’s Word in EVERY sign language.

It is pure joy to look back and see what God has accomplished through Deaf Bible Society in the first five years. For you who have come alongside us on this journey, thank you!

We look forward to the future with great excitement and bold optimism when His message of hope will be seen by all Deaf people around the world!

For such a time as this,
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