MANILA, August 14, 2010—Blindness is not an impediment for anyone who wants to learn the Bible.
An audio Bible called “The Proclaimer” [Hmm...rather chessy name. But what the heck.] has made it possible for blind people to listen and share on the word of God.
The audio Bible is a special supplement of the May They Be One (MTBO) project; a joint undertaking of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and Philippine Bible Society (PBS).
It contains 27 New Testament books from Matthew to Revelation where a group of listeners gather to hear the Word of God.
Fr. Oscar Alunday, Executive Secretary of ECBA, said this program aimed to help people listen to the Word of God through the radio and CD formats and to bring God’s church together and make disciples.
“The Faith-Comes-By-Hearing program audio player contains the New Testament in the heart language on an embedded microchip. It can play by solar panel, rechargeable batteries, hand crank or AC adapter,” he added.
The system allows about more than 300 groups of listeners called Bible Listening Group to listen to God’s Word.
The listening session is being held once-a-week by the group together with their Church Leader.
The priest also explained that the session, which begins with the Book of Matthew, is limited only from 1 to1 ½ hours.
“The “Chapter – Play, Pause & Share” method is very effective. This program is a ‘Leader-Facilitator/Member discussion,” he said.
Alunday said that the” Audio Bible is translated in the heart language of the people, dramatized by over 27 talents, w/ music background and sound effects, and cues the listeners on what book or chapter they will hear.”
ECBA and PBS presented the Audio Bible to the Northern Luzon Association for the Blind Campus Ministry last August 8, 2010 in Bokawan Road, Baguio City.
The Northern Luzon Association for the Blind is a ministry of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Montessori headed by Donna Rosario. (Kate Laceda)
The Faith Comes by Hearing uses a Protestant Bible. And we know how Protestant Bibles play up verses like "born again", right?
I hope we get more of these in our dioceses and even get free ones available for download via the Web.