February 2018 Newsletter | Susan
“It’s a blessing to ‘read’ the Bible whenever I want now”
When God granted Susan the precious gift of life, God had special plans for her, and she has served Him well.
Susan, born four months premature, entered the world weighing just 2 pounds 2.5 ounces. A tiny preemie, she was immediately placed in an incubator. For fourteen long months, Susan remained in that incubator - fighting desperately for her life. And God kept her alive. She beat the odds and pulled through. Obviously, God had special plans for this tiny little girl!
The incubator oxygen that was so needed during those 14 months of development destroyed the retinas in both her eyes. Susan was left with severely limited vision in her right eye and no vision in her left eye. Despite her vision loss, Susan attended public school for three years before transferring to a sight saving school in fourth grade.
Wherever she went, it was clear that God was helping and working in her life. In grades seven through nine, God gave her a teacher who paid special attention to her and helped her succeed. God also sent people into her life who had “something” in their lives that she knew she was lacking. Susan desperately wanted that “something.”
After high school graduation, Susan settled in Charlottesville where her parents ran a little grocery store. She began attending church and went to work at Virginia Industries for the Blind. There she met a special man named Larry who later began attending church with her. They continued dating and eventually married in that same church.
When the local Blind Services office sent in a qualification form for Susan to receive an Audio Bible, God showed her what that “something” really was. Susan’s Audio Bible helped her see her need for a Savior!
Susan’s mother-in-law, Ruth, was a diabetic and was also unable to read her Bible, so Susan offered to let Ruth borrow hers when she wanted to hear. From then on, Susan and Ruth would share and listen to the Bible every day.
If only we had been alerted to their need, they EACH could have had their OWN Audio Bible!
As Ruth listened again and again, she noted some of her favorite passages and asked that they be read at her memorial service. Ruth loved the book of Job. Susan especially enjoyed the Psalms.
Although Ruth has now passed away, Susan continues to listen to her Audio Bible “all the time.” It was a particular comfort to her during the uncertain days when her husband was undergoing open-heart surgery. She sees her Bible as a “window to the past and to the future.”
Susan’s Audio Bible helps her see how God has worked in her life in the past and assures her that His hand will guide her in the future as well.
In 2001, Susan began taking Bible classes through her church and became the first woman in her church to obtain the two-year Bible degree. She is also actively involved in a printing ministry at her church where they print evangelistic materials and distribute them around the world.
The incubator may have stolen her sight, but not her ability to hear God’s Word clearly. She especially appreciates hearing how Jesus related to people in such a personal way. She loves how He modeled a relationship with the Father and how He showed us how to live our daily lives. Susan says, “without access to the Bible, you feel left out of half of your life!”
And at Audio Bibles for the Blind, we don’t want anyone to miss out on that half of life! But to do that, we need the support of friends like you who care deeply about others and who know the power of God’s Word to change lives. Your gifts make our ministry possible!
Please let me hear from you today, and may God bless you as you bless others through your generous support.
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- Allen Decker