In Lithuania there are about 8,000 people with a hearing disability who use sign language. They have no Bible texts, study or educational materials in their language at all. For a long time these people were neglected as the language was not officially recognised in Soviet times, but this changed in 1996. Within the main cities there are now six schools that teach Lithuanian Sign language.
The Bible Society of Lithuania is translating the New Testament for use in the community of people who use Lithuanian Sign language as their native and only language.
It is planned to have the whole New Testament finished and online by 2023. Click here to see the Gospel of Mark in Lithuanian Sign language.
Photo: Students learning to sign the Lord’s Prayer.