“I had found great treasures.”
Giving the Bible to people who are blind around the world!
Sadly, some people across the globe live in both spiritual and physical darkness. Many people who are blind or visually impaired have no access to God’s Word.
With the help of our generous financial partners, we are working to change this by providing audio and Braille Scriptures to people like Mr. Shin* in Asia.
“When I received the Braille Bible and the audio Bible, my heart was so excited . . . as if I had found great treasures,” the 64-year-old man says. “Since I received the audio Bible, I would listen to the sermons and learn to sing hymns every day. To me, it was like the Bible Scriptures: ‘lie down in green pastures and lead me beside quiet waters.’ My heart was filled with thanksgiving.”
John*, who received a Braille Bible in his heart language in Africa, says his new Bible lets him know that “God hears my language.”
Samuel* in Africa says, “My daily life has been vastly transformed by this Scripture and I’ve learned to have a closer walk with God.”
Priya* of India says that with her Braille Bible and audio Bible, she doesn’t have to wait for someone to read her Scripture. “Now, I can read and listen to the Word of God by myself.”
Translating into Braille isn’t easy. Each language has a unique Braille alphabet. However, with the help of our generous partners, we are making good progress. Because of their support, people in Africa, Asia, India, and beyond can connect with God through Braille Bibles and audio Bibles, and we are grateful to them for shining the light of hope on those who are visually impaired.
The Bible and the Blind
- 95 percent of the world’s languages which have a Bible are still waiting for it to be translated into Braille.
- There are about 49 million people worldwide who are blind, and at least 250 million are visually impaired — one of the world’s largest unreached people groups.
- Each language has its own Braille alphabet. The Bible has to be converted into a “touchable language” for every different language group.
- Blind people are among the world’s poorest, and they often cannot afford a Braille Bible or audio Bible.
- A complete Bible in Braille consists of approximately 40 large books and costs over $600.
- Full Braille Bibles are available in more than 60 languages. More than 200 languages have some Braille portions of the Bible.
Jesus speaks your language, and we must help our Blind brothers and sisters know that He speaks their language too!
*Names have been changed to protect privacy
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