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How the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ American Sign Language Bible is ‘touching hearts’ in Utah


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Robert Faircourt has been deaf since childhood, and American Sign Language is his primary language.

While he learned English in school, reading and understanding the Bible has always been a challenge for the 74-year-old from West Valley City, who was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 1969. Over the years, he has longed for a deeper connection with teachings of the Bible.

Faircourt’s prayers were answered one year ago as the Jehovah’s Witnesses released what the church believes is the first complete Bible in American Sign Language, a text-to-video translation project that took more than 15 years to complete.

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Robert Faircourt has been deaf since childhood, and American Sign Language is his primary language. While he learned English in school, reading and understanding the Bible has always been a challenge for the 74-year-old from West Valley City, who was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 1969. Over the years, he has longed for a deeper connection with teachings of the Bible. Faircourt’s prayers were answered one year ago as the Jehovah’s Witnesses released what the church believes is the

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