The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) has donated assorted Bibles worth ₦21.7 million in the year 2023 as part of its free Bible distribution drive.

The Manager, Media and Public Relations of the society. Mr Benjamin Mordi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.

Mordi said that beneficiaries of the free Bibles distributed included prison inmates, churches, Christian fellowships and organisations, schools for the blind, and individual members of the public, among others.

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He said that the value of the Bibles donated to the sighted was ₦11.5 million, while 146 complete sets of Braille Bible given to people with visual impairments cost ₦10.2 million.

He noted that the 2023 figure reflects a 30 per cent increase over the organisation’s free Scriptures worth ₦16.7 million donated to the less privileged in 2022.

Mordi said that a complete set of the Braille Bible, which comes in 37 volumes, costs ₦70,000.

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Àccording to him, BSN carries out the free distribution programme with funds donated by members of the Bible-A-Month Club, Special Members, corporate organisations, churches, and individual donors for the Braille Bible project – You Can Be Their Eyes (YCBTE).

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“Through free Bible distribution and other laudable programmes, the BSN has continued to break every known barrier that makes the Word of God inaccessible to people,” Mordi said.

The Bible Society of Nigeria is a not-for-profit interdenominational Christian organisation that translates the Bible into local languages as well as publishes, distributes, and raises funds for Bible work.

The society also organises life-transforming programmes to help people engage with the Word of God.

” So far, we have the complete Bible in 27 Nigerian languages, while translation/revision is ongoing in nine different languages at their respective stages of completion,” Mordi added.