Did you know that there are over 2 billion blind or visually disabled people1 and over 750 million illiterate adults worldwide2?
In many countries, the blind and the illiterate are often marginalised, isolated and suffer rejection by their families and communities. This can result in them living on the fringes of society, without any means of earning a living except for begging.
That’s why we are inviting you to partner with us to support the work of the Bible Societies in Angola, Guatemala, and Bangladesh to help bring Bibles to these vulnerable people.
- In Bangladesh, your gift will help to provide audio Bibles for listening groups.
- In Guatemala, it will help to run the Braille Book Reading Club and provide audio teachings for children.
- In Angola, it will help to provide braille and audio Scriptures and to support braille reading centres.
Your gift will bring the light of hope and comfort of the Bible message into their lives.
“The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” — Matthew 11:5 (NIV)
In Bangladesh alone there are 42 million illiterate people accounting for about 26% of the population. For those who are Christians, it is very difficult for them to access the Word.
It is an issue that the Bible Society of Bangladesh is working to address through its Audio Bibles for Underprivileged Believers project.
Partnering with 1,000 churches, Bible Society is providing audio Bibles in the languages of Bengali, Bangladesh’s official language, Garos, Bawm and Santali for rural listening groups, which are mainly comprised of illiterate women. Through the listening groups it is hoped that the listeners will come to understand the Bible stories and experience the transforming power of the Word.
The project aligns with this year’s International Literacy Day theme – celebrated on 8th September 2021 – which is: “The right to literacy in times of COVID-19: The contribution of digital literacy and distance learning programmes.” It has become even more relevant during the pandemic, which has impacted Bangladesh badly with 16,189* deaths to date.
Your gift will help to provide audio Bibles for listening groups in Bangladesh.
In Guatemala, Bible Society is reaching out to another group of vulnerable people, blind adults and children, through its Light of Hope project. For several years Bible Society has been running a Braille Book Reading Club where visually disabled people meet to study the Bible. During the pandemic, the format of this has been changed to 30-minute conference calls. Together, the members have been studying the books of Job and Psalms.
One who has benefitted from the club is Vilma, a Christian lady who began losing her sight at the age of 38.
“The club is very influential for us visually impaired people since braille is read and practiced. Although it is challenging, learning braille makes us independent. It also raises self-esteem, but above all it brings us closer to God. For us the verse, “For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight”, (2 Corinthians 5:7 GNT) is a reality.”
For visually impaired children, Bible Society is providing audio recordings on topics such as love, forgiveness, generosity, identity, and integrity. Designed to be used on the messaging app WhatsApp, the recordings are distributed to parents via schools.
Your gift will help Bible Society to run the Braille Book Reading Club and provide audio teachings for children.
In Angola, blind and visually disabled people are also suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of them are keen to connect with the Word and they contact the National Association of People with Visual Disabilities (ANCAA) requesting Scriptures.
Bible Society is providing them with both braille Bibles and audio Scriptures. They are also working with Christian training centres to teach braille, something which strengthens self-confidence and self-esteem.
One person who has benefitted from having braille Scriptures is 43-year-old Antonio.
“I went blind at the age of 29. It was not easy as a young person to be blind. I started drinking a lot. I am a student of God’s Word but I have never had a Bible before because it is difficult to obtain Scriptures in Braille. Thank you to the Bible Society of Angola for the Gospel of Luke and the four portions in braille. The biblical passage that comforts me the most is Matthew 5:5, ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth’.”
Your gift will enable Bible Society to help more people like Antonio by providing braille and audio Scriptures and by supporting braille reading centres.
Can you help bring the Bible to illiterate and visually disabled people?
In Bangladesh, your gift will help to provide audio Bibles for listening groups. In Guatemala, it will help to run the Braille Book Reading Club and provide audio teachings for children. In Angola, it will help to provide braille and audio Scriptures and to support braille reading centres.
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1 WHO 2019
3 Accurate at the time of going to print