Bible For The Deaf Community Expected By 2027

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Bible Society of Botswana (BSB) has officially launched the sign language bible project meant to cater for the deaf community.

The project, which is anticipated to be completed by December 2027 was officially commissioned by the Assistant Minister for State President Dumezweni Mthimkhulu in Maun recently under the theme, ‘every nation, every language, sign language matters too.’

The society believes that the deaf community is marginalised in all forms and many of them do not see themselves as part of God’s plan for humanity.

Speaking during the launch, BSB secretary general, Ofentse Maruping revealed that the community has raised concerns that they did not understand the written Bible and that they could not also access other Christian materials that directly responds to their needs.

He said time has come for the deaf community to be included in the day to day running of the church through the introduction of sign language bible.

He revealed that once the sign language bible is finally published, churches targeting the deaf would be established to allow them to fellowship without any challenges.

For his part, Maun Ministers’ Fraternal chairperson Thato Elias assured that they will support and collaborate with BSB to make sure that the project is a success. He said as an organization, they do encourage churches to accommodate those that are with disabilities such as the deaf communities.

Meanwhile, Elias said churches in the North West region are requesting for government to revisit and revise the Society Act as it seems to be overtaken by events.

Assistant minister Mthimkhulu appreciated that the project will have a positive impact on the deaf community as it would give them a sense of belonging as well as creating an opportunity for them ‘to identify themselves with their creator.’

“We have existing Bibles in different languages however the deaf cannot read and understand them hence the need to have the Bible in the language they can comprehend,” he said.

Mthimkhulu assured that the government recognises the role of faith based organisation in the development space also reaffirming its commitment towards ensuring inclusivity and equity regarding language, as evidenced by the Botswana Languages Policy in Education as per the statement passed in Parliament in the year 2021.

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