Government Awards Bible Society of Costa Rica
The Bible Society of Costa Rica has received an award from the government for its service to people with visual disabilities. The award was presented to Bible Society General Secretary Mayra Ugalde on December 3, the International Day for People with Disabilities.
This is the sixth year that the government has organised a programme called ‘Costa Rica Incluye’ (Costa Rica Includes). Every December 3, the government honours the work of organisations which contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities. Mayra Ugalde was delighted to accept the honour of an award.
“This was the sixth year the event was held and we received an award in the category of ‘community and inclusion’ for our project ‘Scripture Portions in Spanish Braille for adults and children’. We are so grateful to the Lord, and thankful to the Bible Societies and Global Mission Team members who have supported us in this work. This award was only possible thanks to teamwork – working together we are strong as we pursue our mission of providing the Bible for everyone,” said Mayra.
This is not the first time that the Bible Society has been recognised for its groundbreaking work with people with visual disabilities – it received a government award last year, too, and the United Nations, the country’s National Library and PANACI (Costa Rica’s national association for the blind) have all publicly paid tribute to it in previous years.
As well as providing Braille Scriptures for people with visual disabilities, the Bible Society has become a key advocate, raising awareness in society at large of the challenges they face, as well as the strengths and talents that they can offer. Earlier this year, for instance, together with the National Library and the French Embassy, it ran a ‘Sculptures in the dark’ workshop. Young, sighted people wearing blindfolds and young people with visual disabilities created sculptures together, working side by side. Through events like this, the Bible Society is creating opportunities for sighted and non-sighted people to interact and learn from each other. It is also helping to create supportive communities around people with visual disabilities who are often marginalised and disadvantaged.
Pray for the ministry in Costa Rica
- Praise God that this ministry is having such a profound impact that it has been recognised and honoured by the government.
- Pray that the publicity around this award will raise the profile of the Bible Society and their ministry but more importantly, that more people would be drawn to God and His Word.
Mayra holding the award with Bible Society Project Manager Shirley
and her guide dog, Eclipse.