The Bible is for everyone, that is why the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) strives to make it available to all, including those with hearing and visual disabilities. In 2018, CBS will support special programs in Argentina, Ghana, Lithuania, Nigeria, Swaziland and Uganda – programs helping make the Bible available in audio, Braille and sign language formats.
Around the world, there are about 285 million people with visual disability. Most of them live in developing countries where resources to meet their needs are not readily available, including Bibles that would help them through their spiritual and emotional struggles.
Braille Bibles are expensive: one Braille Bible costs around $700! And in many places, Braille Bibles are not available in the local language. To date, the full Braille Bible is available in 40 languages only.
In 2018, CBS will work with the Bible Societies in Argentina, Ghana and Uganda to ensure that people with visual disabilities will have access to the Word of God. Programs developed in these countries will make portions of the Bible available in Braille.
Silvanus, a junior high school student from Ghana, expressed his gratitude for the Braille Bible portion he received and testified how his reading habit has improved since. He said, “I love to read Genesis 5, which talks about Noah’s faith in God by building the ark in obedience, which led to the saving of his family and the animals. My daily life has been vastly transformed by this Scripture and I have learned to have a closer walk with God every day.”
Infographic by United Bible Societies. Price in this infographic is in US dollars.
Many people with visual disabilities have encountered life-changing experiences through reading the Bible in Braille. But the majority are not Braille-literate. In some cases, audio or large print Bibles are more suitable resources, in countries like Ghana, Argentina and Uganda.
Sign Language Bibles: Breaking the Silence
In a report released by the United Bible Societies, it is stated that deaf communities worldwide are now recognized as an unreached people group. There are over 400 sign languages and yet portions of the Scriptures have been translated so far only in 40 of these and no sign language full Bible exists.
Some Bible Societies have been working hard for many years to translate the Bible into sign language and now many more are responding to this challenge. For deaf communities who are waiting to read and hear God’s Word, the silence is finally broken with the arrival of Sign Language Bibles.
The Bible Societies in Lithuania, Nigeria and Swaziland have started the production of Sign Language Bibles to develop the spiritual growth of the deaf in their respective countries. This project will also sensitize many other West African countries through churches, schools, and other related agencies to educate their deaf children and families. There is a definite need to develop positive attitudes toward deaf people because they need proper training and gainful employment. This will enable them to be independent and self-reliant and contribute toward the growth of their community, church and society at large.
God’s Word is for everyone, irrespective of their disabilities. Your support today will help ensure that people with visual disabilities have the chance to encounter the life-giving Word of God. Here’s what your support can do:
- $100 will provide 4 audio Bibles in Uganda.
- $500 can pay one deaf translator for one month, to help with translating portions of the Bible in Lithuania.
- $700 will help produce one Braille Bible in Ghana.
Help make the Bible available to people with visual and hearing disabilities.