For the First Time, a Jesus Movie Is Being Made in Sign Language

Deaf Missions is a global outreach organization that ministers to the Deaf, and they’re poised to make history by producing the first movie about Jesus’ life and death filmed in American Sign Language (ASL). The organization has already produced a short pilot of the movie called “Uncondemned” which you can watch for free here.

While movies about the life of Christ have long been available with closed captions, this new movie seeks to reach Deaf audiences in what translators call a “heart-language.”

“The heart-language, it’s related to a person’s identity,” Deaf Missions’ Chad 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.'”

Entinger signs that many Deaf feel alienated by churches and ministries that unintentionally communicate the idea that God is primarily for people who can hear.

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“This movie translation challenges that concept and is an investment in Deaf ministry and discipleship,” Entinger signs. “It also communicates to the Deaf community that they matter to not just Christians, but to God.”

Deaf Missions’ film is in the fundraising process, and you can contribute to the project here. The organization is also asking people to pray that God will “use this project to reveal himself to the Deaf community on a larger scale, and to equip other Deaf people in translation work.”

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