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July 2019 Newsletter | Danien

July 2019 Newsletter | Danien

Friend,

Because of gifts from friends like you, Denien received an Audio Bible.  Now, she says, a tremendous burden “has lifted from my soul.”

Not long ago, when Denien was a young woman, she used to sit down and read the Bible all the time—it was like an old friend.  Today, Denien has multiple sclerosis, restrictive lung disease, and is legally blind. When she lost her sight, she lost a lot, but she considers losing her ability to read God’s Word as her greatest loss.  Without the ability to read her Bible, she was hurt spiritually.

Even so, Denien found spiritual purpose through caring for her autistic son, Tony.  The two of them were like partners, and Denien always felt that serving Tony was her best way of serving Jesus.  Her love and devotion for Tony was deep—and vigilant. Although Tony looked perfectly fine, things could go wrong quickly and without warning.  He required constant care and supervision.

One April morning, Denien had to leave Tony in someone else’s care for just 10 hours.  When she returned, she found Tony dead on the floor in their kitchen. The person charged with his care wasn’t paying careful attention and didn’t provide the medication Tony needed.  He died of a seizure at age 18, just two months before graduating from high school—a major achievement for someone with autism. 

Denien was devastated.  How she longed to cradle Tony in her arms, but he had gone to be with Jesus.  In the midst of her grief, she stumbled across an unopened package that had arrived around the time of Tony’s death.  She had no idea what could be inside. When she opened it, she found “the beautifully mastered art piece of the Bible that helps me to see the light.”


Shortly before Tony’s death, Denien had heard about Aurora Ministries and the Audio Bibles for the Blind through the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Program and had requested a copy.  Not knowing what was in the package, she had set it aside when it arrived. But in God’s perfect timing, He guided her back to that mysterious package just when she needed it the most.

According to Denien, she discovered her Audio Bible just in time.  God’s Word, made available to her on her Audio Bible, helped her through her most painful journey.  “Through hearing God’s Word, I am better able to press on and find what God’s next purpose is for me in life. . . . My son, Tony, is now with Jesus.  I am still so sad and miss him all the time, but I know that one day I’ll be with Jesus—and with Tony once again.”


For Denien, her Audio Bible is a God-send.  “I was without my Bible for so long—now I listen to it all the time. . . . Having the Audio Bible means the world to me! . . . [It] is crafted well, the sound is great quality, and the voice is so strong and clear.  It makes it easy for me to listen.”

And Denien does listen to her Audio Bible—every night and throughout each of her days.  She is now in a support group and because of her Audio Bible, is now able to participate in Bible studies, which she loves. 

Denien sent us a letter thanking us for her Audio Bible.  She included a donation to our ministry. That donation caused her to be “hurting in her pocket,” but she believed God had prompted her to do so, and she trusted Him to provide for her financial needs just as He had provided for her spiritual needs through her Audio Bible for the Blind.

Her letter also included a sincere and heartfelt request.  “Please promise me you will always make these Bibles free to people, because without you, I would still be spiritually depressed, and there are more people hurting.”


It’s a request we intend to meet.  Audio Bibles for the Blind has always provided our Bibles and other resources completely free of charge to those who need them.  That’s because people like you who know the power of God’s Word have consistently supported Audio Bibles for the Blind with your prayers and gifts.

But with hundreds of people requesting Audio Bibles every month, we need your continued support to ensure we have an Audio Bible ready to ship—free of charge—to every qualified person who requests one.


That’s why today I’m asking you to prayerfully consider a generous gift to Audio Bibles for the Blind.  Your gift will provide an Audio Bible to a hurting person like Denien who needs to hear God’s words of comfort.    

Thank you for touching the lives of those who can only listen to God’s Word.  You are meeting very special needs.

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  • Allen Decker
June 2019 Newsletter _ Patricia & Roland

June 2019 Newsletter _ Patricia & Roland

Aurora Ministries, also known as Audio Bibles for the Blind, serves a wide range of people, yet one thing can be commonthe feeling of being alone or abandoned.


Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV


Patricia, one of our Audio Bible recipients, was robbed of her vision due to diabetes. Then to make things worse, she was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.  


Patricia’s treatment plan included several rounds of chemotherapy, which as of now, has had no effect on her cancer.  In fact, the chemo has created new conditions which make life even more difficult.


One of the side effects of chemotherapy is generally referred to as “chemo brain.”


Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur during and after cancer treatment. Chemo brain can also be called chemo fog, cancer-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction.

With her husband already in heaven and no other family, Patricia was feeling confused and alone.  She was in desperate need to hear the Bible.


Patricia is so grateful to each of you that support Aurora Ministries, so people like her can be comforted by listening to the scriptures in what she says are her final days.


Roland, another recent Audio Bible recipient says, “This is my church!”


Unable to travel to church on his own, he sometimes cannot find a ride to church, so he turns on his Audio Bible and “goes to church.”  


Roland is not alone.  We receive countless calls from the blind and print-handicapped that feel they’ve been forgotten or left behind. Often they have no access to Bible study groups, Sunday School, or even church services.


This makes having an accessible Bible they can use easily any time of day or night, without the need of assistance, extremely important.  This is why we’ve been doing this for over four decades.


Supporting Aurora Ministries is one way to make a difference in the lives of people like Patricia and Roland. Simply use the enclosed envelope or go online to www.AuroraMinistries.org/donate.


In addition to helping us provide access to God’s Word in audio form, talking to your friends and church leaders about starting a church ride program for the blind and handicapped could make an eternal difference in the life of someone who is

home alone and feels forgotten or left behind.

  • Allen Decker
May 2019 Newsletter | Patty

May 2019 Newsletter | Patty

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”John 5:24 KJV
 
As Christians we often pray for family and friends who are unsaved and need to accept the offer of salvation through Christ Jesus.  So, I can relate to how Patty, the daughter of a blind man, was feeling—I’m sure you also can understand all too well her heart’s desire.
 
“I’ve been so worried about my dad and have been praying for him so hard… I’m worried of him dying without being saved.”said Patty.

Patty’s father believes that there is a god, but doesn’t know the one true God. 
 
“Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” Deuteronomy 4:35,39 KJV
 
Because of her father’s blindness, it was difficult for Patty and other family members to share about Jesus with him.  They couldn’t bring him tracts, literature or even the Bible since he was unable to read print.
 
That’s when Patty heard about Aurora Ministries and our Audio Bibles for the Blind program—a free service that provides the Bible in audio form to anyone blind, visually impaired or print-handicapped.
 
There was one last hurdle and she wasn’t sure how her father would respond.  Would he agree to accept this free gift?
 
He did! 
 
Patty tells us, “God answered my prayers.  For now, dad is starting to listen.”
 
For people like Patty’s father, an Audio Bible introduces them to the Living Water for the first time.  Now that he has access to the Bible in a format he can use, God can speak directly to him through His words.
 
A hopeful Patty says “As I sit here, my eyes are simply filled with tears of gratitude at your loving kindness!  I simply don’t have sufficient words to express to you how very very grateful I am to you all.  May God repay your kindness fifty-fold.”
 
Patty’s story is not unique.  We hear from hundreds of people, like Patty, who are trying to help a visually impaired friend or family member.  People, like Patty’s dad, who literally have to hear God’s Word because they are unable to read or hold a book on their own.
 
And whenever we send Audio Bibles, lives are changed.
 
But to provide an Audio Bible to every individual with a print disability, who needs to hear, is a big challenge.  A challenge we accept and one I hope you wish to accept by partnering with us.
 
Requests for free Audio Bibles have been in such high demand this year, we’ve run out of stock on multiple occasions.  It’s important to keep our shelves well-stocked with Bibles so we can send them out, when requested, without delay.
 
Perhaps you would like to help us meet this challenge by offering a gift to Aurora Ministries today.  A gift of any amount will go a long ways to making sure every request is fulfilled.
 
Thank you for your prayerful consideration to support Aurora Ministries and our Audio Bibles for the Blind program.
  
Donate to Aurora Ministries
  • Allen Decker
April 2019 Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 19:14 NKJV
 
Each year, Aurora Ministries attends a special event called “Make ’m Smile” hosted by the Nathaniel’s Hope FoundationThis event is an outdoor festival for children with special needs and their families, which refers to each child as a “VIP” (very important person).
 
Our ministry, as well as many other organizations and vendors, set up booths around beautiful Lake Eola, a 23 acre park in downtown Orlando Florida. 
 
Each booth provides free resources, information, activities and games specific for the VIP children.
 
While most of the VIPs have some eyesight, they also often typically suffer from a print-handicap that keeps them from being able to read normally or manage the pages of a printed book, especially the Bible.
 
Aurora Ministries distributes hundreds of free audio CD’s to the VIPs and their families.  These CDs have selected Scripture readings from The New Testament to tell them about Jesus.
 

This is the first time some of them have heard the name Jesus.
 
In addition to the free audio CDs about Jesus, many of the parents ask for a Children’s Bible and Children’s devotional on MP3 disc or a talking book cartridge for the National Library’s digital Talking Book Player, which we give at no cost to them.  It’s also a chance for them to get a “hands-on” demonstration of our portable, accessible Audio Bible players, audio Story-Teller players, and audio book players.
 
If you could only see the smile on a child’s face when they receive this free gift—It’s hard 
to put in words their joy and excitement—and the joy we receive just watching them!  I’m sure you would feel the same if you could be there with us.  But in some ways, you are.  If it weren’t for the support of friends like you, none of these VIP children would have been able to receive these life-changing gifts.
 
Watch our short video from last years Make 'm Smile event.

This month we have three needs.  The first need is for prayer. Please pray for these VIP children, their families that care for them, and Aurora Ministries’ ability to provide the Bible, devotionals and stories about Jesus to them.  The second need is for sponsors. We’re asking all our friends to consider sponsoring one VIP child ($30) for the next Make ‘m Smile event on June 1st

The sponsored VIP children will receive our precious Wildlife Animals with an accessible audio player that reads to them our children’s devotional and stories about Jesus.

It’s the perfect opportunity to share with them the Good News. It’s not uncommon for a non-believer to accept our free gifts.  Only God knows what happens after they leave our booth, but if we can introduce Jesus Christ to just one person, it’s worth it.

In addition to the VIPs—we must continue to help as many blind & visually impaired people receive an Audio Bible as we can.  Hundreds of blind people each month receive an Audio Bible and now are able to hear God’s Word.  Which brings me to our third need—your continued support to make sure each request from a blind person is fulfilled.

That’s why I’m asking you to please pray for our ministry, the VIP children and their families, and the blind still needing access to an Audio Bible—maybe you’re able to help all three needs this month with a generous gift to Aurora Ministries?

I’d like to thank you in advance for your support; those who’ve lost the gift of sight will retain the gift of God’s Word, and the children, who are unable to read, are able to hear and know more about Jesus

Please hurry, the Make ‘m Smile event is quickly approaching on June 1st and we want to purchase as many Wildlife StoryTellers as we can to take and give out to VIP kids!
Sponsor a VIP Child
Special Note: In addition to the special VIP event, requests for Audio Bibles going to blind and visually impaired Talking Book users are getting delayed!  The demand for these free Audio Bibles is so great, we used what is typically a one months supply in less than two weeks.  We need your help to restock our shelves.
 
Donate to Aurora Ministries
Can I make a donation to both projects this month? 

Yes!  Some donors have already asked if they can help with both needs this month.

We've created a special giving option this month which will let you help both the VIP Make 'm Smile and the Bibles for the Blind projects. 

 
VIP SPONSOR & DONATE FOR BLIND BIBLES
small boy receiving a wildlife StoryTeller
mom and dad with special needs son receiving a wildlife Jesus storyteller
family at make 'm smile receiving a wildlife Jesus storyteller
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  • Allen Decker