My ministry idea—Irene Relihan

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“… Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow…” (Matthew 6:28). Have you really considered the lilies of the field—the many blessings you receive and enjoy each day? When last did you really take time to study God’s creation of flowers, maybe just a simple petal or a leaf? The exquisite design in each of these is awesome; never mind the vastness of all Creation!

Sadly, many people can no longer experience this beauty. Around 444,400 Australians aged 55 or over are blind or vision impaired (Source: ABS: Ausstats 2004). This represents 9.4 per cent of the 4.7 million Australians in that age group. 

The [tapes] you sent before Christmas helped pass the time when I was flood bound. I didn’t speak to anyone for several days but God gave me a promise and that encouraged me tremendously.

The Ministry of Christian Services for the Blind has been actively engaged in serving the vision impaired in Australia from 1973. This community service of the South Pacific Division (SPD) also operates in New Zealand. It provides a ministry to those who are vision impaired, giving them access to Jesus by providing inspirational and devotional stories, historical narratives, biographies, prophecy and prayer series etc. 

One recipient was comforted during the recent flooding in Australia: “The [tapes] you sent before Christmas helped pass the time when I was flood bound. I didn’t speak to anyone for several days but God gave me a promise and that encouraged me tremendously” (Isaiah 43:12).  

Another recipient shared, “Thank you so much for all your care in sending the cassettes to us. We have appreciated this. Please send us cassettes to last us TILL we DIE.” 

In 2010, the ministry was transferred from the South Pacific Division to Adventist Media Network. The process of conversion to digital then began, in conjunction with Vision Australia. This major undertaking is still in progress and has required special equipment, the Daisy Player, provided by Vision Australia on a free loan basis. This provision, however, may change in the future. 

You can take part by contributing to the offering on March 24. There is also a need for more narrators. Thank you for your offerings and donations in the past and may God bless you as you once again ‘dig deep’ to support this ministry.

Note: We still have new cassettes to give away so let us know if you can make use of them.
 

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