January 2019 Newsletter
- Allen Decker
Merry Christmas 2018
On behalf of the staff of Aurora Ministries / Audio Bibles for the Blind, we would like to wish you and yours a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year.
- Allen Decker
November 2018 Newsletter - What do you think of when someone says Christmas?The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season is a very special time of the year for many of us.
Luke 2:11 says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (KJV)
As Thanksgiving has passed us by and Christmas is rapidly approaching, we hope that you will take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas—the true reason for the season.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
For others, it’s also a time where everything around us is decorated so colorful, bright and sparkly. Even when we are unable to see it because of a visual impairment, we can smell it wherever we go.
A turkey dinner with all the fixings or a pie, fresh out of the oven. The scent of a Christmas tree, a cup of hot cocoa, and gingerbread cookies.
A time of cooler weather, were we can feel the coolness on our skin and smell the crisp, clean and fresh air. And who doesn't like the coziness of a warm fireplace with its woody, smoky scent?
What do you think of when someone says Christmas? What memories come to you?
Unfortunately, it's not a joyful time for everyone. In a recent telephone conversation one of our staff members had with Jeff, I got to hear just how hard holidays can be for some.
By all accounts, Jeff had a normal life. Retired from a good job, with a beautiful home, a loving wife and great friends. Everything we would desire. But that would all change in his mid-eighties...he began to lose his vision.
His vision loss became so great, he was unable to do many things that he was once able to do. He admits he relied heavily upon his wife to help with so many those things. When his wife passed, he had tremendous difficulty and was left with no other choice but to sell his home and move to a facility that could better meet his needs.
Alone, now without his wife, in a new home, Jeff had been feeling depressed. He had lost the joyful anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. But there is one thing he says brings him peace when he is lonely and joy when he is sad. His Audio Bible.
“I fill my day by listening to it as much as I can. I must have listened to it a dozen times over since the first day I received it,” Says Jeff.
While many of those other sights and sounds are just faded memories of Christmas past for Jeff, he now knows that putting his focus on the real reason of the season is all that truly matters.
The only way we can keep sending Audio Bibles to people in need—people like Jeff—are because other people, just like you, also believe in what we do—making the Word of God accessible and available to all that are visually impaired.
Before this year is over, will you please consider joining with us in ministry?
- Allen Decker
October 2018 Newsletter | Katie“Most people could not see past her wheelchair,” said Katie’s mother.
Katie didn’t grow up having a normal childhood, such as maybe you or I.
As an infant, Katie was diagnosed with spinal meningitis and cerebral palsy. Before she was ten years old, she needed multiple surgeries for hip reconstruction, followed by rod implants in her back due to severe scoliosis.
Her entire youth was filled with continuous physical and occupational therapy. Yet, it never stopped her from working hard on her school work. In fact, she went to regular public school and was able to graduate with a high school diploma.
Katie’s mom tells us, “I’ve kept her very close to me all her life and I have been her eyes. I would read to her almost every day and the things that she loved most, I would read over and over while she memorized them.”
When Katie signed up with the National Library Services’ Talking Book program, they referred her to Aurora Ministries to receive an Audio Bible.
Now in her thirties, Katie grows more and more independent and her mother is unable to read for her like she once did. The books from the Talking Book program are there to help her learn and the Audio Bible from Aurora Ministries is there for her to play over and over again, just as her mother did, so she can memorize the scriptures that mean so much to her.
Katie is just one of thousands of people that request and receive Audio Bibles from Aurora Ministries each year. Some are totally blind, others legally blind and unable to read standard print, and others are exactly like Katie in that they suffer from a physical handicap that keeps them from holding and managing the pages of a printed book.
Regardless of the reason or impairment, our ministry is here to make sure that those who need it have access to the greatest book—The Holy Bible—free of charge.
Meeting this challenge is not easy.
This year alone, requests for Audio Bibles are at a new all time high since we discontinued analog cassette tapes and have gone completely digital. Our latest analysis shows requests are up 300% in 2018 compared to this time last year.
This is GREAT NEWS! It means that people who are unable to read the Bible, need the Bible—they want to hear the Bible—and it’s our purpose and calling to make sure they get it!
However, there is one thing that is keeping us from fulfilling our promise—the cost of production and distribution. But, there’s a solution...it’s people just like you. People that believe in providing God’s Word in audio form to those that are unable to read for themselves.
While the requests are up, our donations have decreased. We are asking two simple things from you today. First, partner with us in prayer, to pray that requests continue to increase. Second, pray that our financial needs are met to be able to send everyone an Audio Bible that needs one.
Maybe you would also prayerfully consider sending a donation today?
- Allen Decker