NAIROBI, KENYA–Scripture translations are in progress in six African sign languages which are located in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia. Translation teams are starting by translating a set of Chronological Bible Stories, checking, revising, recording them on video, and preparing to distribute them on DVDs. Thirty-two stories in Kenyan Sign Language will be dedicated January 16-17, 2010.
Each translation represents the cooperative efforts of DOOR International, Wycliffe Bible Translators International, SIL International, Wycliffe Associates, The Seed Company, Bible Translation and Literacy and each Deaf community.
Sign language is not universal–there are more than 100 sign languages in the world. More sign languages are still being discovered and documented. Each sign language has its own unique vocabulary and grammar. They are not related to the spoken languages of an area.