ViBi is a Deaf-led, Japan-based project that exists to see the Living Word transforming Deaf communities throughout Japan. To accomplish this, they translate the Bible into Japanese Sign Language and deliver it to Deaf churches and to the whole Japanese Deaf community using smartphone and tablet apps, YouTube, and DVDs.
Production History Timeline
1996 Jonah, Ruth 1997 Mark 1999 Acts, Philippians, JESUS film 2000 1 & 2 Thessalonians 2001 James 2002 Galatians 2009 Genesis 2011 Matthew 2012 Colossians, Philemon, Esther 2013 John 2015 Exodus, Titus, Ephesians 2016 Luke 1-6, Leviticus 1-14
Since 1993, ViBi has translated 26% of the Bible into Japanese Sign Language, building increasing capacity through the years. In Phase One (1994-2004), it would have taken 120 years to finish the Bible. In Phase Two (2005-2011), it would have taken 60 years. In Phase Three (2012-current), we are now on track to finish in 30 years. With a Phase Four boost powering a full second production team, 15 years or less becomes possible!
In the beginning, US donors kicked off the translation project, constituting 98% of ViBi’s budget. Aiming for sustainability, ViBi intentionally changed direction. By 2003, 98% of funding was coming from Japanese sources. With sustainability ensured, ViBi began exploring other funding possibilities in 2007 to boost production.
With your help, ViBi hopes to launch a full second production team this year and continue translating the book of Luke! Next year's funding campaign will aim at positioning ViBi to continue funding the second team, and allow us to finish the Bible in 15 years instead of 30.