English article: Japanese Sign Language Bible app developed

February 26, 2015            
A new Japanese Sign Language Bible app


A new Japanese Sign Language Bible app is not only giving Deaf people instant access to Scriptures in sign language, but its development could help Sign Language Bible translation globally.

Approximately 320,000 Deaf people use Japanese Sign Language (JSL). They find it very hard to read written Japanese. That’s why work has been ongoing for the past 20 years to translate the Bible into JSL – a project called ViBi (Video Bible).

The Japan Deaf Evangel Mission (a coalition of churches and Christian organisations, including the Japan Bible Society) is determined to complete the full Bible by 2033, dependent on funding.

Late last year their work to make JSL Scripture easily accessible to Deaf people took a giant leap forward with the launch of the free ViBi app for phones and tablets. 

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