|Deaf and Youth Asian Ministry|
Since God sent me the vision about "Unity of Deaf and Hearing for sending gospel to children and deaf in Asian countries", God let me understand that the importance of a cross cultural ministry needs to start from Hong Kong and distribute to other countries in Asia. What we need to do is: Hearing Christians have to enter to the Deaf Community to share gospel, to educate our society about Deaf Awareness, promote Christianity sign language training and participate in Asian pastoral workers training for Deaf Ministry.
Deaf and Youth Asian Ministry is a Hong Kong registered non-profitable society since 2011. We respect for the deaf people and children in Asia. The official website established in 2010. To enter to the Deaf community, to understand Deaf culture and to build the friendship and trust with Deaf spiritually. We conduct co-enrollment training on bible study through literacy training to union the Deaf and hearing people in Asia.
Deaf people have the same right to services and opportunities as hearing people. Consider the past, present of Deaf Ministry Development is lack of hearing people tend to conduct by the reason of various difficulties due to communication barrier. Co-enrollment education programs on deaf education in other countries show improvement in learning attitudes. That is mainly for literacy development. Deaf associations and deaf ministries are keeping on work for the deaf individually in the pass a few decades. Recent census figures show that our communities are more culturally and ethnically diverse than ever before. Many of us find it is challenging to build relationships with people from backgrounds unlike our own. How do we be trust and unity between the deaf and the hearing people? How do we share with other cultural groups - such as Deaf Culture? It comes up an ultimate irrevocable communication problem without communicate with their own language - sign language. Meanwhile, hearing people can't get along with Deaf people through a healthy value. It is the right time to focus on the need even it is a road less travel.
Churches in the U.S. and some other European countries develop various programs for hearing. It helps share love in their early stage of mental development individually. But Deaf are lack of chances involve in bilingual learning and activities (spoken language and sign language) with hearing due to language barrier and hard of communication in the mainstream society
Ministries for the Deaf Community have been attracting a lot of attention in churches in the west not concentrate to union in between both of deaf and hearing. More unfortunately, Asia is lack of experience and misconception about insight into the problems on deaf emotion and communication from the view point of union between both parties. The mode of collaboration reflects the mission on this ministry: break the bondage of misconceive in both of the deaf and hearing people. We get into the Deaf to learn from each other.
Often the models used for hearing ministries are not the most effective for reaching the Deaf. The key to reach the Deaf through their culture is our relationship and trust. We need humility and becoming like them. (That is: stay with them with the love from Christ.) The culture of Deaf people, especially in the Asia countries, has not been studied in depth or paid much attention to. Culture is a set of learned behaviors of a group of people who have their own language, values, rules of behavior and traditions. Deaf feel a strong identification with Sign Language as their language. It is part of their cultural background.
In Hong Kong, most of deaf children study in the mainstream school which means deaf people learn by spoken language (even in deaf school), NOT by their mother tongue - sign language. There are almost 10 deaf associations to provide social service, sign language training, skill development, interpretation service and so on. We have Christian churches for the Deaf. We, Hearing and Deaf live in the same world but we still isolate each other seriously, however. It's the time to understand Deaf Culture, raise the deaf awareness, to communicate with Deaf, to build the trust and relationship through communication and activities interaction in our society. It is a need for Christian both of Deaf and Hearing to break the wall by building trust. It is a way for telling good news to the Deaf through the unity in our Holy Spirit.
In some books about Linguistics, you may read that "Language lies at the heart of making and shaping the social relation themselves." In some books about Cross-cultural, you may read that "Our identity is as an individual or as a part of a group is foundational to how we view responsibility."
- Proclaim gospel to the Deaf and unreached group.
- Train the Deaf and Youth on literacy and bible study.
- Help development of Deaf Ministry systematically.
- Build the spiritual bonding for the Deaf and Hearing
Sign Language and Deaf Awareness Training for Christian
Provide training for hearing Christian on both of Deaf Awareness and Sign Language. Sign Language is a language to communicate with deaf people which involves in our daily live included preaching gospel and bible study. It is also a bridge of communication in our society. That is a way to open the door of that invisible culture to become visible ever which hearing people haven't discovered obviously.
Spiritual training is a need. A systemize Christianity Development of the Deaf Community can be effectively to spread out the good news to the unreached people in Asia Pacific Region. Hong Kong is more mature on the facilities and resources to develop the gospel work for the Asian Deaf than in the developing countries in Asia