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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Bible translationA big event that has to do with getting the Word of God to more people is planned for tomorrow night in Orlando.

"We're planning to have our New Testament dedication for a brand-new Bible called the SUN New Testament," says Lori Jenkins, Symbolic Universal Notation (SUN) program director at Wycliffe Associates, one of the world's leading Bible translation organizations.

The SUN New Testament is "written in a new language meant for those that are illiterate deaf as well as those that are deaf-blind," a press release details.

Jenkins tells OneNewsNow there are more than 400 recognized sign languages in the world, but only about 20 percent of the deaf population worldwide has any access to any type of education. That means roughly 56 million people in the world do not speak the national sign language, and so they have basically come up with their own language in order to communicate with their family members and with those around them.

Jenkins calls it "home sign languages."

"We can't do a scripture for each of those individual 56 million people, so what we've done is we've come up with a universal language," she continues. "It's a symbolic language, or picture language, that can then cross over any culture, any language barrier, and can be used and recognized by anyone."

By making this available to the illiterate deaf and deaf-blind, the hope is those individuals can read the Bible for themselves and become believers.

"That's our ultimate goal -- to see their lives changed for the better and for them to come to know Christ," says Jenkins.

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