Accessibility Tools

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Welcome to LBEA



The Lutheran Braille Evangelism Association (LBEA) is a non-profit ministry, founded in 1952 by the blind Lutheran pastor John Gustav Erickson. Its mission is to provide Scripture and other Christian materials to blind and sight impaired persons all over the world. The ministry is evangelical in its thrust and was begun and continues to be centered around its motto of "Empowering Lives with Sight for the Savior." Today, under the leadership of the Pilots, LBEA searches for every way it can to fulfill its mission to communicate the message of Christ in braille, large print, audio CD, and also in digital format through the popular hand-held talking BibleCourier.


LBEA publishes a braille magazine called "Tract Messenger" which is sent free of charge to hundreds of blind persons through out the United States and in more than thirty overseas lands. It also publishes The "Christian Magnifier" in either large print which it sends six times each year to thousands of sight impaired persons.


BibleCourier is an electronic pocket Bible designed especially for someone who is blind or visually impaired. BibleCourier weighs about 4 ounces including batteries and is about the size of a pocket New Testament (4 by 2 by .75 inches). BibleCourier is very portable and small enough to easily fit in a shirt pocket or a purse. The Bible is powered by two double A size batteries which will run BibleCourier for several months of normal use or more than 30 hours of continuous reading.

The BibleCourier memory holds your choice of two complete Bible translation (both the Old and New Testaments). All Bible texts will come with a users guide in a digital format.

The BibleCourier’s two Bible versions are easily identified or switched between using the “star key” and “zero key” in combination. Each Bible maintains its own last location and bookmark environment. This allows the user to easily study two different Bible translations in parallel. Of course the books being independent means the focus can also be set at different places in the two Bibles.