Deaf Missions and the Jesus Film Project embarked on crowdfunded project to in order to an estimated number of 70 million deaf with Film of Jesus in their own heart language.
This would be the first movie of its kind which can make major impact in spreading the gospel as said by Chad Entinger of Deaf Missions. “The heart language, it’s related to a person’s identity,” Entinger signed through an interpreter for Mission Network News. “For a person to see something in their heart language, that really will capture their heart, and they’ll feel, that person will then, will feel like ‘Oh my goodness, they’re actually communicating to me. This is my language.’”
$746,000 of the $4.8 million has been raised to fund the project, on the ministry’s website, Deaf Missions’ Jesus Film would use native signers to “bring the story of Jesus to life” from a “Deaf perspective for a deaf audience.
This project could take three to four years, Entinger told Mission Network News.
“We really believe that God can and will use the movie in sign language to reach deaf people,” Entinger signed.
Many deaf people, Mission Network News said, “feel that the triune God is only for hearing people.” That’s due to the “numerous amounts of resources churches tend to put towards ministry work for hearing people.” But that perception could be changed with this production.
“We have seen tremendous growth in Deaf communities when they have access to resources in their heart language,” Deaf Missions says on its website. “A lack of resources for the Deaf is a critical barrier between the Deaf and the Gospel of Jesus. Technological advances make the distribution of resources to the Deaf more possible now than ever before.”
The Production is set to be a full-length movie in which 10-minute pilot already has been shot.