Sorority members create Braille Bibles

People who have lost their vision can still keep their faith thanks to the Braille Bibles program created by the TCU chapter of Delta Gamma.

Braille Bibles started last fall when Megan Higgins was the vice president of the Delta Gamma Foundation.

Nancy Fisher, head of Community Development for Lighthouse for the Blind in Fort Worth, reached out to Higgins and Delta Gamma and helped the sorority get involved in this program. Lighthouse for the Blind is a nonprofit organization that helps the visually impaired with personal and economic self-sufficiency.

Braille Bibles meets every other week at the “Braille Cottage” at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where they form an assembly line to create the books of the Bible.

“They have girls at different stations all around the room. Some are putting the pages in order. Some are pressing the pages, and others are binding the different books,” said Sara Sorenson, a sophomore mathematics major and member of Braille Bibles.

“For me, I am inspired to do this because vision is something that we take for granted. Being able to work with the visually impaired is something that really makes me feel like I am paying it forward,” Kathlin Ardell, a sophomore accounting major and manager of Braille Bibles, said.

Sometimes, people want to be alone while they read the Bible, Ardell said. Before Braille Bibles, this was not possible for those with impaired vision.

Volunteers set goals for the number of Bibles they want to complete each night, Ardell said.

“But in the long run, our goal is to spread the word to those who normally wouldn’t be able to receive it,”Ardell said.

Emily Freed, a freshman nursing major and member of Braille Bibles, said reading the Bible was something that calmed people, and it was a way for people to seek answers.

“It breaks my heart to think that some people are not able to read the Bible due to their loss of vision,” Freed said. “However, with Braille Bibles, those who are blind can discover and explore the word of God.”

Sorenson said not many service opportunities in the Greek community get involved with churches, so for these women to be able to combine their passions of serving those without sight and serving those without Jesus was something to admire.

Ardell said students should participate in this program because it is a simple and relaxing way to give back and help those who are in need. Regardless of your beliefs, it is a way to show that the loss of sight is not the loss of independence, Ardell said.

Higgins said last semester the Delta Gamma members completed 37 books of the Bible.