NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Over 1,000 Haitians will now be able to read a Bible because of hard work from Nacogdoches church members.
Over the last two weeks, members from Fredonia Hill Baptist church in Nacogdoches worked on the small island nation with church groups. The members visited clinics, built a home, held a Vacation Bible School for children and distributed Bibles to those in need.
The Bibles that were handed out to the large crowds were in French Creole, the official language of the island. Each Bible was paid for through a fund-raising campaign started in the church known as Project Bib La.
"It was amazing to see that the community was able to provide that much support," said Bib La organizer Jeff Awtrey.
The Bibles were paid for through donations and fund raising events including selling T-shirts and a golf tournament.
Awtrey said the need for the Bibles was easy to spot.
"It was pretty chaotic," Awtrey said. "We started off doing individuals and handing them out one by one, and then it turned into a mass of people that wanted them, and we almost had to fight them off to get them out."
Awtrey said the group will be going back to Haiti next year to hand out even more Bibles.
More on the group can be found here.