Just a few weeks ago, Pradeep walked into the Bible Society office in India and left a lasting impact on staff.
Pradeep is unable to see, hear or speak but he converses using his hands and fingers. He loves to read Scripture and uses his fingers to gently glide across the raised Braille text.
The Braille Bible in India
The Bible Society of India have been providing Braille Bibles to the country’s visually impaired community for many years. The full Braille Bible is made up of 43 large volumes and sometimes people with visual disabilities request various books of the Bible in Braille.
Pradeep’s visit to the Bible Society office
Pradeep visited the office in Bangalore. He was warmly welcomed, and quickly showed the staff how to communicate with him – by writing words on each other’s palms. Pradeep requested a computer keyboard so that he could communicate more efficiently.
He excitedly typed “I came here for the Braille Bible!”
The Bible Society staff responded by bringing him Psalms and the Gospel of Luke in Braille. However, Pradeep was hungry for more.
Pradeep typed eagerly “Do you have all 66 books? You have Psalms and Gospels, but where is Romans? I want the Braille Bible for the blind believers in my Church.”
The staff gave as many additional books of Braille Scripture they could. Pradeep was extremely grateful and asked them to send the rest of the Braille Scriptures to his pastor when they were available.
As he was leaving the office, he wrote a simple yet sentimental “B-Y-E” onto the palm of Director Samuel Thambusamy.
Many like Pradeep are hungry for God’s Word
Pradeep is not alone. Among India’s extensive population, there are many like him, waiting for the Bible in a format they can understand. The Bible Society India are working hard to meet the growing need.
Please pray for the ministry of the Bible Society of India, especially for those projects that serve the visually impaired, enabling Pradeep and others like him to engage with the Bible in a meaningful way.