Joy as 500 Deaf Nigeria receive free Bible

About 500 people with hearing challenges could not hide their joy and excitement as they received free copies of the Nigerian Sign Language Bible shortly after it was dedicated at the Bible Guest House, Ilupeju.

Deaf Bible displayOne of such joyous recipients of the Bible was Mr. Okhaide Monite, a 35-year-old Deaf person from Edo State. Speaking through an interpreter, he said he was happy to have received a copy of the Nigerian Sign Language Bible, adding that he could now understand the Word of God better. According to him, he lost his hearing ability at the age of five after a bout of illness. Mr. Monite, like other beneficiaries, could not hide his joy when he inserted the memory stick containing the Bible into his mobile phone and began to view the Bible.

Speaking on the behalf of the deaf community, Pastor Victor Ajayi expressed their appreciation for the great partnership by the Deaf Opportunity Out Reach International, The Bible Society of Nigeria, Christian Mission for the Deaf Church, the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, the Deaf Bible Society and many other stakeholders in the Nigeria Sign Language Bible project and for the successful dedication of the 77 sets of Bible Stories.

 

Also speaking at the occasion, the General Secretary of The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), Dare Ajiboye said that the mission of the BSN is to meet the scriptural needs of every Nigerian, noting that in times Deaf Biblepast the Deaf had been neglected as they had no access to the Word of God. “We are happy today that we are dedicating another 77 Chronological Bible stories for the deaf. It is capital intensive but we believe that with the latest addition, the deaf in Nigeria will have more access to the Word of God and will no longer be hindered from knowing the mind of God,” he said. Ajiboye appealed to Nigerians, especially Christians to support the project by helping to make the Bible available for the Deaf. This, he said, is capable of reducing the social vices in the country.

 

The first Sign Language Bible was in video format. For any Deaf person to access the Word of God in Sign Language, he or she needed to have a DVD player, the CD containing the Bible and a television set. However, the 77 stories dedicated in December, 2016 is in a memory stick which can be accessed through a mobile phone or any other device that is USB compatible.

 

The title of the 32 stories dedicated in 2014 is How to know God or evangelism series. This was followed by the 77 stories dedicated on December 3, 2016 and titled How to Follow God or discipleship series. The forthcoming portion being translated is How to Serve God. Hopefully, this will be dedicated later this year. These portions are chronological Bible stories covering from creation to Christ.

 

If you would like to support this God’s kingdom-promoting project, please call Samuel on +2348159094111 or email: info@biblesociety-nigeria.org

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