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30 May 2017

Innovative Bible offers access to God's word for millions of readers

Innovative Bible offers access to God's word for millions of readers

Evangelical Alliance member Biblica has launched a ground-breaking Bible providing easier access for millions of users. 

The new NIrV Accessible Edition will help those who have learning disabilities, moderate sight loss, lower levels of literacy and English as a second language. 

It includes a specially-designed font, simpler navigation and bespoke illustrations. 

Biblica's UK partnerships manager Becky Miles said: "We believe God's Word is for all, yet for many reading it is a struggle. 

"It is a privilege for us to be able to share the story of the NIrV Accessible Edition – through this project we've learnt so much, forged new and cherished partnerships, and had our hearts opened to the importance of greater inclusion and access within the Church." 

Biblica, who work to provide the Bible in contemporary translations and formats, partnered with Livability, Torch Trust and Urban Saints to create the new edition. 

Alliance director of mission, Gavin Calver, spoke at the launch. He said: "We underestimate what can happen when more people get their hands on the word of God. 

"The launch of the NIrV Accessible Edition is as significant as translating the Bible into a new language. 

"We've got to make sure we go to the edges of society, and engage with people where they are at. 

"Today is a huge step, but let's keep challenging ourselves and moving forward…we all have a responsibility to play our part and make sure we get God's word into everyone's hands."

Pete Winmill, from Count Everyone In, part of the development team responsible for the project said: "I am passionate about God's word being in the hands of those that are so often excluded. 

"This is not a Bible for the disabled but a Bible for whoever needs greater accessibility. 

"This is a Bible which I hope will be used in our churches for anyone, whether you are young or old, whether you have a disability or not. 

"The Bible truly is for all." 

You can get your hands on a copy of the NIrV Accessible Edition New Testament via the Biblica Europe website and will it will also soon be available through various trade outlets.

As a member of the Evangelical Alliance, Biblica is one of 600 organisations supported by the Alliance. We facilitate members' initiatives and campaigns and offer support to increase their impact. Member organisations have an opportunity to speak to the media on behalf of our membership, as we direct media and information enquiries to member organisations best placed to deal with them. The Alliance also provides training for organisations on how to engage with the local government and media. 

If you would like your organisation to become a member of the Evangelical Alliance, you can find out more here.