Signs – Weekly Inspiring Image


In a suburb of Tokyo, hidden away in a tiny office full of computer and video screens, a small team of Japanese Deaf are working on the first ever visual Japanese Sign Language Bible. A young Deaf woman named Uiko Yano wasn’t a Christian when she joined the team but they wanted her because she is an, “absolutely phenomenal translator.” While working on a draft translation of Matthew’s Gospel she got to unpack the Christian terminology she had never understood before and says, “…I heard God calling me.” Now Uiko is a believer who is passionate about giving Japanese Deaf the opportunity to ‘hear’ from God and says, “It is so important for Deaf people to have the Bible in their own language.” Read Uiko’s story. Please pray for the Japanese Sign Language Bible team.

Photo: Marc Ewell
Words: Elyse Patten