In August we were privileged to have a Zoom meeting with the Bible Society in Sri Lanka. We recently supported two projects in Sri Lanka through an appeal; Braille Bible distribution and the Sri Lankan Sign Language translation.
These project aims to make the Bible accessible to those who are deaf or have a visual impairment.
The Bible Society in Sri Lanka is working closely with Schools for the Blind to distribute the Braille Bible. Additionally, they provide audio Bibles to those with visual impairments, allowing them easy, personal access to the Bible. The Bible Society in Sri Lanka gave us an update on our call, and we are excited to share with you the story of Melanie, a blind woman who has benefited from the Braille Bibles project.
Melanie (pictured) lost her sight at the age of 11. She is now 41 years old, she has found her life as a disabled person in Sri Lanka hard. She has faced many difficulties and discrimination over the years- there is not a lot of awareness or help for those with a disability.
When people ask Melanie why she doesn’t pray for her sight to be restored she simply replies “My God is a great God, nothing is impossible for Him. But I am a symbol. As a blind person, a disabled person, being like this, I praise God. I am a symbol of God; He is using me to show the others”.
However, for a long time, Melanie struggled to access the Bible and engage in the church setting. She did not have a way to access the Bible without her friends and family helping her. She also struggled in church; when passages were read from the front, she could only listen.
Melanie was overjoyed when she first had access to a Braille Bible through a local Blind School. She told us “When I want to read the Word of God- more than just listening through someone else- to read and to touch it for myself. This is the Word of God from my own mouth, this is the most important thing for me.”
She continues to use audio Bibles, but there is something truly special about being able to quietly and independently read the Bible.
Melanie explains, “When I read the Braille Bible, I am praising God; reading the Word of God with my own mouth and feeling it with my own fingers.”
The Bible Society in Sri Lanka is passionate about making God’s Word accessible to people of all abilities. Please join us as we pray for people like Melanie in Sri Lanka.
If you would like to give to the work in Sri Lanka visit our website below.