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CRSB Welcomes Development Director

Christian Record Services, Inc.  (dba Christian Record Services for the Blind) is pleased to welcome Andrea Ahrens as the organization's development director.  A Lincoln native, Andrea received an MBA from the University of Maryland's Robert H.  Smith School of Business.  Upon moving back to Lincoln in 2010, Andrea was major gifts development director at Union College.  Andrea is married to Mike Ahrens and is the mother of three children.  

When asked why Christian Record is special to her, family memories were among her top reasons.  "My mother has told me stories about the different kids she helped at winter camp.  We actually have old 8-millimeter movies from the '80s . . .

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EYE RUN Registration Open NOW!

The fourth annual EYE RUN will be held Sunday, October 2 at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Early bird registration is open now at
The EYE RUN is a fundraiser and eye health education event that encourages you to walk or run with family and . . .

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Give to Christian Record for Give to Lincoln Day

Christian Record Services, Inc. (DBA Christian Record Services for the Blind) is participating in Give to Lincoln Day, a one-day emphasis on philanthropy. Donors across the United States are encouraged to give to their favorite Lincoln, Nebraska-based nonprofit organization on Thursday, May 26.

In addition to funds raised, each nonprofit will receive a percentage of a $300,000 challenge grant. Christian Record has participated each year with Give to Lincoln Day, with past projects including trees and landscaping, Full-Vision books, and braille printing equipment. 

Christian Record's project for Give to Lincoln 2016 is . . .

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NCBC Summer Camp Opportunities

New camp experiences await individuals who attend National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC), a program of Christian Record Services, Inc.  Christian Record is proud to continue the tradition of summer camps, with this summer marking the 50th camping season.  The first NCBC camp was held at Camp Kulaqua in Floria in 1967 with 23 campers in attendance.

Even with recent restructuring efforts at the organization, Christian Record was eager to ensure that the camping program would continue.  Some changes to program structure, in coordination with camp directors, have opened the opportunity for a new camp format at one of the seven locations for this summer season.  Glacier View Ranch will be offering blind camp . . .

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Fred Thomas, Former Christian Record General Manager, Dead at 90

F. G. Thomas, c. 1975
F. G. Thomas, c. 1975

Fred G. Thomas, the son of Seventh-day Adventist missionaries who went on to become a missionary and senior church administrator, will be remembered as a giant of Adventist mission who shaped church policy in Africa for decades and modeled mission in his own home, spawning a new generation of church leaders.

Thomas, 90, died at 1:26 a.m.  on May 6 in his home in Burleson, Texas.  He had been in declining health after undergoing surgery, the first in his life, 10 weeks earlier, his family said.

“It is with sadness that we announce the passing away of Elder Fred G.  Thomas,” said two of his four sons, Fred Thomas Jr.  and John Thomas, and daughter-in-law Nancy, who all work at the General . . .

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Christian Record Services for the Blind Joins the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division (NAD) has voted to receive governance of Lincoln, Nebraska-based Christian Record Services for the Blind, a former Seventh-day Adventist world church institution.

The transfer of governance affirms a larger restructuring plan that was implemented in January of this year by action of the Christian Record Board of Directors.

“The North American Division eagerly welcomes Christian Record as the newest member of its ministry family,” said Daniel R.  Jackson, NAD president and Christian Record Board chair.  “We believe God is leading in this decision and are excited to partner with Christian Record to share Jesus with people who . . .

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Christian Record Annual Day of Giving is Saturday, April 9

The Christian Record Annual Day of Giving, Saturday, April 9, is a day of giving back and a day of "paying it forward" to people who are blind in your community.  

Each year a day is set aside to request financial gifts to Christian Record, which funds free services and programs to people who are blind. Services include magazines, Bibles and Bible studies, and books in Braille, audio, and large print. Christian Record also offers unique camping experiences through National Camps for Blind Children.

In addition, churches across North America are encouraged to involve their members who are blind in some part of the services that day. These . . .

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Christian Record Services for the Blind Announces Restructuring Plan

LINCOLN, NE - February 11, 2016 - Following a special strategic planning meeting to evaluate all aspects of Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRSB)'s operations, the Board of Directors has voted to implement a restructuring plan intended to help the organization overcome heavy financial losses and maintain its ability to work to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life of people who are blind.

The Board's decision to restructure by eliminating a number of positions and ending print production (with the exception of material published in braille) and field operations was painful but necessary, according to Daniel R. Jackson, chair of the Board and also president of the North American Division of . . .

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Farewell to Robert Sheldon, Long-time CRSB Employee

Camper with Bob Sheldon
Camper with Bob Sheldon

Robert “Bob” Sheldon, a long-time employee of Christian Record Services for the Blind, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015, after a short illness. Bob began his many yers of service with Christian Record in 1969, initially as the organization's public relations director and later as a services representative. He had a passion for helping people who are blind become friends with Jesus. Bob was an avid photographer who enjoyed capturing images during camping season and other events. At the time of . . .

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