"Eyes Be Opened and ... Ears Be Unstopped" Isaiah 35:5 NIV
“Basically, what we have done is taken the New Testament and broken it down into the main concepts of each of the verses and each of the chapters. For each concept, we have created a symbol.” .. Lori Jenkins, SUN Program Director
We have over 70 million global citizens today who are either blind, deaf or mute or a combination thereof. Further, a full 80-percent of them cannot communicate in their local sign language.
There was little hope of them ever hearing the Gospel, let alone understanding and accepting it. The Wycliffe Associates of the USA (leading bible translators) is in the process of drastically changing that situation.
They have released a radically different new translation of the New Testament called SUN (Symbolic Universal Notation) into trial in nine countries which uses created symbols to represent the main concept of each verse. It has been well received (2019) and it is much easier to learn all the different symbols than it is to learn braille, which can take years, compared to weeks to learn SUN.
Since only about 20% of the world's deaf people have adequate access to education, the 3D version of Sun also available for the sighted deaf to read and understand easily as well. And an extension of this 3D version is to be developed as well for people with autism.
With plans to take SUN (currently 100 core symbols and their combinations) into 40 more countries during 2020 to share the Gospel with millions more blind, deaf and mute people. Further, the Wycliffe Associates are in process of a SUN translation of the Old Testament.
All of the work, research and dedication that went into creating the SUN translation has already been well rewarded by the most common comments made by these special students of SUN translation being: ‘How can I know this Jesus?"* and "How can I have this Jesus in my heart?’
The focus upon the concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic has overshadowed the news of this revolutionary new communicating tool, but all agree that this a major step forward for teaching, learning and world evangelism.
* "New language created to bring the Gospel to millions of deaf, blind people worldwide" by Samuel Smith, CP World, 03/22/2020