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 2017 Luke 7-15, Leviticus 15-27 2018 Jude, 1 & 2 Timothy, 1-3 John 2019 Daniel 1-6, Words of Wisdom Bible stories: The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan, A Short Man Called Zacchaeus, The Unforgiving Servant 2020 Daniel 7-12
Since 1993, ViBi has translated 32% 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 21 years. With a Phase Four boost powering a full third production team, seven 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 Bible into Japanese Sign Language. This year's funding campaign will aim at positioning ViBi to continue funding the third team and allow us to finish the Bible in 15 years instead of 21!