You have likely noticed that things which once were in books or in print are now moving to a digital or web-based platform.
Two weeks ago members from the Mission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MDHH) group were able to bring to reality a project that has been several years in the making – an online Christian Sign Language Dictionary. The project is entitled “Gospel Hands” and can be found at gospelhands.net. The MDHH team members spent significant time over two days signing and recording to video more than 900 religious sign language signs. It was intriguing to hear the discussion about what was the best sign and possible alternatives for a certain words or concepts. While the videos are still being edited and uploaded, it is exciting to see this effort finally coming to fruition.
This initial group of videos is only the beginning. There are plans to record more signs in the future and to keep growing this online resource.
Watch for more news in the coming weeks as the videos of these hundreds of signs are uploaded and we make this resource available publicly.
Joel Gaertner, director, WELS Special Ministries
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