Carter receives talking Bible from Versailles Lions Club
Poor vision doesn’t allow Juanita Carter to read the Bible anymore. So after eye doctors were unable to improve her sight after unsuccessful cataract surgery, the Versailles Lions Club stepped up and presented Carter with a talking Bible at its monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 14. Carter, who has called Versailles home since the early-1960s, has always loved reading the Bible and relying on its words to gain a broader understanding of history, she explained. Before her vision loss, she’d sometimes read seven or eight chapters when she couldn’t sleep at night. “I missed it big time,” said Carter, 82. She liked reading what was preached about on Sunday mornings. Now, Carter listens to her talking Bible when she goes to sleep at night. “And it’s a comfort to me,” she said. In his effort to locate an audio Bible that was more user-friendly, Versailles Lions Club President Tim Smith said he located a company, MaxiAids, which sells a variety of talking Bibles. Given three options, Carter chose a battery-power talking Bible that allows her to choose chapters in the Old and New Testament, Smith said. “Our goal,” he said of the Lions Club, “is anything to help (improve someone’s) vision and prevent blindness or help people with eye issues.” Through the process of helping her sister-in-law, Marilyn McDaniel said she came to the realization there are other people in the community who could be helped in different ways by the Versailles Lions Club. “So it’s just been a heart thing,” said McDaniel. Her husband, Bill, was a member of the Versailles Lions Club for 55 years. She honors his life by remaining active in the organization. “There’s probably more (people who need help) out there that just don’t know where to turn,” McDaniel said. She said people in the community may have a magnifying glass or other things that someone with a vision loss could use. In past years, the Versailles Lions Club used all proceeds from its fish fries to help people in the community who need eye care, Smith said. More recently, the organization has raised money in a variety of other ways to continue its focus, “but we need some people to join us to help do different things” to help people, he added. The Versailles Lions Club meets on the first Monday of each month at Callie’s Homestyle Restaurant, unless it falls on a holiday and the meeting is moved to the second Monday. If anyone has an interest in becoming a member or finding out more about the Lions Club and its projects, they are welcome to attend, Smith said. He said ideas are being explored to get younger members to join, like having a meeting on Zoom so they can participate virtually. “It takes more members,” Smith explained, “to be able to do functions and good projects like this” – providing a talking Bible to Carter, who has three children and six grandkids.