DOOR International

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We help Deaf communities translate the Bible (and other resources) into their sign languages. We train and equip Deaf leaders in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting to reach their communities for Christ.

DOOR began work in sign language Bible translation in 2006. We have worked with teams from 16 language groups, with more translation projects beginning each year. These translations are authorized Scripture, just as the New International Version or English Standard Version are. The goal is that, one day soon, every Deaf person will have access to God's life-changing word in his or her heart sign language.

DOOR began church planting among Deaf communities in 2005, training pairs of Deaf leaders to plant churches that are Deaf-led, reproducible, and sustainable. These churches and teams are equipped with a sign language translation of God's Word. DOOR's tagline is "Deaf reaching Deaf for Christ", and that value is evident in the training portion of our ministry, where almost all of our Deaf leaders are trained by fellow Deaf leaders.

Contact information

Mailing address:
DOOR International
135 N State St
Suite 200
Zeeland, MI 49464


Phone: 616-741-7200


Organization details

EIN: 562151149

CEO/President: Rob Myers

Chairman: David Pope

Board size: 5


Year founded: 1999

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


DOOR International strives to reach Deaf around the world for Christ. Of the world's 70 million Deaf people, less than 2% know and follow Jesus. Our vision: every Deaf person transformed by knowing, following, and serving God.

Mission statement

Bringing God's Word and reproducing Christian fellowships to the Deaf worldwide.

Statement of faith


The Bible (Old and New Testaments) is inspired by God and without error in the original manuscripts. The Holy Spirit directed men to record Scripture precisely as God intended. The Bible is man's guide and final authority for believers.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. Jesus came to show God to men, fulfill Old Testament prophecy, and offer salvation to the lost. Jesus had a sinless human nature and lived a perfect life. In pure love, Jesus gave up His life to take away the sins of the world. By His death on the cross, Jesus bore God's holy judgment on sin. Jesus rose bodily from the dead; He went to heaven, and intercedes for the believers with the Father.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is fully God. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. The Holy Spirit causes the spiritual rebirth of sinners and seals their identify with Christ. The Holy Spirit intercedes for the believer in prayer and is the believer's helper. The Holy Spirit guides our spiritual growth. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer to be used in service to God and the church. God's will is that all Christians would respond to the Holy Spirit and live a life that bears spiritual fruit.


Angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve and worship Him and minister to people. An angel of highest position sinned through pride and became known to us as Satan. Satan is an active enemy of God and God's people. He fights against God and His Kingdom. Many angels worship Satan and have become his servants in the world.


People are created in the image of God. Because of sin, our perfect fellowship with God is broken and we experience physical and spiritual death (separation from God). The sin of Adam and Eve affected all people; all human beings are born with a sinful human nature and commit sin.

God wonderfully creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.

God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. All sexual and gender-identity related behavior is to reflect God's design.


Every person is in need of personal deliverance from God's judgment of sin. Christ's death was a full payment for the sins of the world. His shed blood is the only provision by which a person can be saved. Salvation is a free gift of God's grace and cannot be earned by human effort. The person who trusts in Christ's death to save him can be assured of eternal life in heaven. God's will for each of His children is for them to be like Christ. This is a process of growing and becoming spiritually mature through obedience to God's Word and the Holy Spirit's leading. Complete perfection is not possible in this life, but will be completed by God when we are resurrected. Every Christian will be judged in the future to determine eternal rewards based on obedience to God.


All believers are a part of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. The local church is God's primary means for spreading the Gospel message to the world. The local church assists believers in becoming spiritually mature and equips us for the work of ministry. Every believer is a minister and shares the responsibility for serving the Church. The local church is where believers obey God's command to participate in baptism and celebrate the Lord's Supper. The church is responsible to assimilate new believers and reproduce itself by establishing new churches.


Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. All Christians, dead and living, will be raised up and meet the Lord to live with Him forever in an eternal kingdom of the new heaven and new earth. All unbelievers and fallen angels will be judged and condemned to hell forever.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating581 of 9416 of 15
Fund acquisition rating304 of 9435 of 15
Resource allocation rating502 of 9437 of 15
Asset utilization rating777 of 94111 of 15

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$340,611$538,522$352,995$194,412
Short-term investments$233,822$386,202$250,909$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,369,226$1,359,688$1,147,848$1,110,450
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,602,648$2,681,281$2,761,263$2,842,591
Other long-term assets$1,075,360$0$15,317$17,934
Total long-term assets$3,678,008$2,681,281$2,776,580$2,860,525
Total assets$5,047,234$4,040,969$3,924,428$3,970,975
Payables and accrued expenses$90,140$103,909$63,251$80,502
Other current liabilities$37,855$190,215$0$106,445
Total current liabilities$127,995$294,124$63,251$186,947
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$127,995$294,124$63,251$186,947
Net assets2020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$3,673,538$3,255,511$3,381,124$3,517,288
With donor restrictions$1,245,701$491,334$480,053$266,740
Net assets$4,919,239$3,746,845$3,861,177$3,784,028
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Total contributions$5,425,420$3,721,301$3,611,988$2,904,785
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$74,720$49,087$43,492$23,281
Total other revenue$74,720$49,087$43,492$23,281
Total revenue$5,500,140$3,770,388$3,655,480$2,928,066
Program services$3,544,563$3,175,846$2,777,748$2,134,922
Management and general$455,953$360,630$386,444$483,191
Total expenses$4,327,746$3,884,720$3,578,331$3,016,989
Change in net assets2020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$1,172,394($114,332)$77,149($88,923)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,172,394($114,332)$77,149($88,923)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/24/2021. To update the information below, please email:


1983 - DOOR founded as a ministry dedicated to the training of Deaf leaders and establishing indigenous Deaf churches.

1995 - DOOR merged with United World Mission.

1997 - DOOR begins utilizing the Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) method.

1999 - DOOR registered as a not-for-profit organization called D.O.O.R. International (Deaf Opportunity Out Reach).

2000-2002 - Deaf Christian Leadership Training centers established on 4 continents (Africa, Europe, America, Asia).

2000-2006 - 302 students from 48 countries graduated from DOOR's 11-month training program.

2006 - DOOR begins 2-by-2 Program in strategic region of South Asia.

2007 - DOOR begins sign language translation work in Africa and South Asia.

2009 - Translation work started in BEGUT (Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania) sign languages.

2011 - Dedication ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Africa Deaf Bible Translation and Training Center (DBTTC).

2012 - Three new South Asia Sign Language projects started.

Begin 2-by-2 Program in BEGUT nations (Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania).

Dedication ceremony held in South Asia for the Asia Deaf Bible Translation and Training Center (DBTTC).

2013 - Nigerian Sign Language translation project started at DOOR center in Kenya.

DOOR begins 2-by-2 Program in Kenya.

110-passage Chronological Bible Translation (CBT) completed in Kenyan Sign Language.

32 scripture portions completed in American Sign Language.

2014 - Launched new website to distribute completed Bible projects in several sign languages:

Begin 2-by-2 Program in Nigeria.

Translator's Notes (DEEPs) 110-passage CBT started in Kenyan Sign Language. 110-passage CBT completed in Burundian, Ethiopian, Ghanain, Ugandan and Tanzanian (BEGUT) sign languages.

2015 - Start translation projects in South Sudanese, Mozambican, and 2 Eurasian sign languages.

Program accomplishments