April 2021 Newsletter | Jim & Jean

Many people ask how Aurora Ministries is able to send thousands of Audio Bibles each year to the blind and print-handicapped with such a small staff.  It’s because we have so many wonderful volunteers!  Without volunteers, it would be impossible to do what we do.

photo of Jim, blind volunteer sitting on a bench with his wife Jean at Aurora Ministries.

Jim and Jean, two of our faithful volunteers, have been coming to serve others at Aurora Ministries Audio Bibles for the Blind for several years.  Without them, many of the free Audio Bibles we send out each week would never get packed and shipped without long delays.  Their commitment to doing God’s work brings joy into so many lives all around the world. 

I want to introduce you to Jim, who will share with you his story: 

“My name is Jim, however, it could be Jose, Abner, Mary or Isabelle.  We would all have something in common – we would be blind or to some, just not seeing very well. 

I was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, which is a disease that robs you of your sight.  For some, it is sudden, but for most, it’s gradual. I was first diagnosed at age 13 and was told by those in the know that I would never be completely blind.  Well, as we all know, those in the know don’t always know what they are talking about, as I now have been completely blind for more than 30 years. 

I have managed to do many exciting things in my life, in spite of my lack of seeing. 

Through God’s grace, I was employed at the U.S. Postal Service, ran a small business, got married—all the things a sighted person does during a lifetime. 

One of the things I am most grateful for is technology.  The convenience of digitized material which can be played on MP3 players and Digital Talking Book players gives greater access for the blind and other individuals. 

That brings me to today.  I now have the privilege of living in a Christian community called il Villaggio, also known as The Bradenton Missionary Village in Bradenton Florida, on the same campus where Aurora Ministries is located. 

I now have a part in sending Audio Bibles and other materials all around the world. So, if you are enjoying an Audio Bible, I may have had a part in getting it to you. And along with many other people around the world who take advantage of these Biblical materials, I am thankful for the service Aurora Ministries provides through its Audio Bibles for the Blind program. 

I am also thankful that I have the privilege of getting the Word of God into a person’s hands in a format that is edifying to them.  Let him who as an ear…” 

Jim, thank you for sharing your story with us.  Thank you to you and your wife Jean for all that you do for the Lord Jesus Christ.  I know the thousands of Audio Bibles you’ve shipped over the years have been a huge blessing to each and every blind person that has received it. 

Through generous financial support from ministry partners and hours of service from volunteers like Jim and Jean, we can provide God’s Spoken Word to the blind and print disabled.  When men, women and even children lose their sight, many of them feel that they have lost everything. 

Your gift will make an eternal impact in the life of someone who has lost the ability to read their Bible and prays daily to once again have a Bible they can keep and “read” daily!