Bible translations for the deaf received a big boost recently thanks to the generosity of college students.
Tens of thousands of college students gather every January for the Passion Conference, led by evangelist Louie Giglio, where they are challenged to give to special causes as part of the ministry.
This year, approximately 40,000 students donated almost a half-million dollars to help translate New Testament stories for the deaf in more than a dozen countries.
Jason Suhr with the Deaf Bible Society says the money raised will allow some 160,000 people to experience gospel stories in their own sign language for the first time.
Suhr, who is deaf, knows how critical that is.
Growing up in a deaf family, the only access he had to the Bible was solely through his Christian parents. Now, as a parent himself, his two-year-old daughter has access to the Deaf Bible App.
"She has the ability to depend on God's Word herself," he says. "It's already translated into her heart language. It's already there. It's already accessible. It's all that's needed. She can take advantage of that whenever she wants."
At this year's event, Passion students were led in prayer by Ira, a 21-year-old Filipina leader who launched a Bible study using Filipino Sign Language, Christianity Today reported.
Passion attendees have reached into their own pockets at past events to buy towels and socks for the homeless, and to help build a hospital in war-torn Syria, among other mission-minded efforts.
Suhr predicts the generosity of the Passion Conference students will lead to even greater things.
"I think it's going to inspire other languages that have yet started these translation processes," he tells OneNewsNow. "I think that it's going to spark and ignite within people and they're going to start with these translation processes in their own countries."