Holiday-themed music, readings, stories, and an audio drama intermingle with staff Christmas remembrances in a special program for blind listeners -- another first in 2012 for Christian Record Services for the Blind.
This large-scale audio project was produced for digital cartridge by the CRSB studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, and mailed as a gift to nearly 4, 000 Christian Record library clients.
"The Wanderer" is the title of the audio drama from Lamplighter Theatre. John Rhys Davies, an acclaimed British actor, hosts the three-hour drama. It takes the listener to the desert sands of Africa. A young man has left his family and farm in search of adventure, but finds himself in the wasteland of . . .
After 29 years of serving visually impaired readers, Lifeglow, a bi-monthly, large-print magazine published by Christian Record Services for the Blind, concluded its successful run in mid-November.
Christian Record’s large-print magazine is receiving a new design and format treatment beginning with the January-February 2013 issue. It will become known under a new title, Light, according to Lifeglow’s editor for the last seven years, Bert Williams.
Lifeglow’s target audience, which will continue as Light’s audience, is interdenominational Christians who are legally blind, Williams explains. The majority of recipients are not members of the Seventh-day Adv . . .
Ministers from six states are meeting at the CRSB headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska. Six Seventh-day Adventist pastors are attending a two-week intensive course toward their Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry. Two primary topics are being covered by professors from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, “Church Growth and The Equipping Pastor, ” presented by Dr. Russell Burrill, and “Ministry in Cultural and Religious Contexts” offered by Dr. Bruce Bauer (pictured).
Meeting throughout the country in nine locations for the convenience of the students, the current series of lectures is hosted at the Christian Record . . .
Forty-two campers concluded their week-long National Camp for the Blind, July 29-August 5, at California's Leoni Meadows, a permanent feature of Christian Record's 14 similar annual activities throughout the United States and Canada. Every camp provides a variety of activities and camaraderie, and each camper is assisted by volunteer counselors.
"Each camp provides a transformational menu of activities for the campers," said Dr. Dexter Thomas, camp pastor who shares his experiences as a blind person. Meeting with campers every day, he provided inspiration to the campers for many of whom such a camp is "the only opportunity they have to get outside, participate in physical activities, and enjoy camaraderie with each . . .
“Camp’s more fun than anything,” is a frequent comment offered by blind campers who just attended one of the 15 annual National Camps for Blind Children in the United States and Canada. Among the free services of Christian Record Services for the Blind, the camps have helped more than 50,000 blind children and adults since 1967.
This year, participants of the Seventh-day Adventist Teacher's Convention, organized by the Education Department of the church in North America, are being invited to participate in a national initiative in support of children who are blind. Materials organized under the title Kids Helping Blind Kids will be distributed to some 6,000 Adventist educators on August 5-8, 2012 in Nashville, . . .
This was my first direct encounter with a camp for the blind. And what an experience it has become!
I braced myself with expectations that it might rain, that there would be plenty of walking and a variety of sport activities, and that being in a Christian environment, I would find new friends and encouragement for the battles of life. My new experience came with meeting 53 people, with a spread from teens to individuals in their 50s, all totally or legally blind. Most of the campers came from Tennessee and near-by states, with a few traveling from as far as California.
May 10, 2012 Lincoln, Nebraska … An anticipated English-language audio version of the recently published book The Great Hope by Ellen G. White is being released by Christian Record Services for the Blind.
The book is an abridged edition of White’s classic, The Great Controversy. Its digital audio release is part of a cooperative effort by the ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to distribute the book worldwide. It is anticipated that 170 million copies of the book will be distributed around the globe this year.
The audio version of The Great Hope has been produced in the studios of Christian Record, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based Adventist ministry providing . . .
April 26, 2012 Lincoln, Nebraska ...[CRN Staff] Environmental sensitivity clasped hands with digital interests of Christian Record Services for the Blind with a choice of yet another option to provide the Bible for the blind and visually challenged.
Christian Record’s Digital Bible Committee selected the MegaVoice Envoy audio Bible, a digital solar-powered player popular among Christian ministries, including Adventist World Radio.
“Our goal is to provide a digital device that is smaller, easier to use, and less expensive than the cassette or CD Bibles we have shared in the past,” according to Larry Pitcher, president of the Lincoln, Nebraska-based organization.
“We are looking for . . .
April 4, 2012, Lincoln, Nebraska . . . [CRN] To celebrate his 13th birthday, Christian Philson of Lincoln, Nebraska decided to help 13 kids who are blind enjoy summer camp. At $679 per attendee, he faced a daunting fund-raising challenge. A March 25 pancake breakfast at College View Seventh-day Adventist Church raised about half his goal. Then the Harlem Globetrotters, the world-famous basketball exhibition team, became involved.
Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters team takes part in multiple community outreach programs and charitable efforts each year. Their publicist heard about Philson’s campaign of compassion. With the Globetrotters coming to Lincoln, she . . .
The Christian Record Board of Directors has accepted the unanimous recommendation by the organization's search committee to appoint Josh L. Bascom as Christian Record's new Vice President of Finance.
Bascom has been the Assistant Treasurer at Christian Record since September 2008. Prior to that time, Bascom graduated from Union College in 2005 and gained valuable experience with two Nebraska accounting firms: Buck, Smith, and Associates in Lincoln and Fred A. Lockwood & Company in Scottsbluff. His first position with a non-profit organization was with Regional West Medical Center of Scottsbluff.
Bascom and his wife, Elina, Director of Financial Services at Union College, live in . . .
For 113 years Christian Record has understood that blind people need to hear God's word. Where can a blind adult or child hear God's words?
Thank you for visiting the Christian Record website today. . . .
Christian Record recently published the last four lessons in large print for visually impaired people. This completes the set of 30 Discover Bible Course lessons, according to Marsha Hornby, Bible School instructor at Christian Record Services for the Blind.
"This is an important milestone for us. We just completed the full set of lessons in November last year. Now invitations are being sent out to those who completed the previous 26 lessons. Already about 10 requests are coming in weekly," she said. CRSB offers six different Bible Courses in large print, seven in audio, six in Braille, and three in Spanish. Completion of the full Discover Bible Course in Braille is expected by the end . . .
As some predicted, the snow was disappointingly absent during the 2012 Winter Camp at Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan, February 5-10. "But the camp itself did not disappoint," said Peggy Hansen, associate director of National Camps for the Blind. All 34 campers left camp in high spirits. This was not the first year the Michigan winter camp has provided outdoor activities for blind campers. Patricia Page, executive director of Christian Record Services Canada, initiated the Michigan winter camps 13 years ago, busing blind campers from Canada and also accommodating some campers from within the United States. The organizers anticipated snowless days, so they took . . .
As some predicted, the snow was disappointingly absent during the 2012 Winter Camp at Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan, February 5-10. "But the camp itself did not disappoint," said Peggy Hansen, associate director of National Camps for the Blind. All 34 campers left camp in high spirits.
This was not the first year the Michigan winter camp has provided outdoor activities for blind campers. Patricia Page, executive director of Christian Record Services Canada, initiated the Michigan winter camps 13 years ago, busing blind campers from Canada and also accommodating some campers from within the United States.
The organizers anticipated snowless days, so they took . . .
Persuasion skills are in operation at Christian Record Services for the Blind. This month literally hundreds of phone calls are being made to users of one of the largest Christian audio libraries for the blind in North America. The Christian Record staff is recommending that audio library clients move from audio cassettes to the new digital cartridges. Cassettes will go away by default, according to Bert Williams, who coordinates editorial services at Christian Record, and "we are not replacing any that are broken," he said.
"Five of us are making at least 10 calls a day. Some of our clients are already using the new system," Williams added. "We aim to . . .
February 1, 2012 Lincoln, Nebraska … When 43 blind campers arrive at winter camp on February 5, they will experience an abundance of wintery thrills and spills. That's the plan, if there is snow.
"We plan for plenty of activities in the snow," says Peggy Hansen, who coordinates National Camps for Blind Children® (USA), a service of Lincoln, Nebraska-based Christian Record Services for the Blind. "If the forecast is correct, the activities could include snowmobiling, downhill skiing and horse-drawn sleigh-riding. And since the camp has a lake, there may be some ice skating fun . . .
"We plan for plenty of activities in the snow," says Peggy Hansen, who coordinates National Camps for Blind Children® (USA), a service of Lincoln, Nebraska-based Christian Record Services for the Blind.
"If the forecast is correct, the activities could include snowmobiling, downhill skiing and horse-drawn sleigh-riding. And since the camp has a lake, there may be some ice skating fun . . .
January 26, 2012 -- Lincoln, Nebraska … Budgetary predictions for 2011 came through for Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRSB), according to the preliminary statement voted by the Finance Committee of the institution.
"It was a sigh of relief, but much more. Operationally, we are in the black for the fourth year," said Matthew Orian, the institution's outgoing VP for Finance who saw the institution's recovery after the economic downturn in the United States.
"Year-end adjustments may alter the final figure, but that we have a net gain in our 2011 $4.2 mill . . .
"Year-end adjustments may alter the final figure, but that we have a net gain in our 2011 $4.2 mill . . .
JANUARY 12, 2012 -- Matthew Orian, Christian Record Vice President for Finance, announced today that he has accepted a new position with Mail Sort Professionals in Lincoln, Nebraska. He will be MSP’s Vice President for Finance and Operations. Matthew plans to start his new job mid-February 2012.
Matthew has done a very good job for Christian Record and we wish him God’s richest blessings in his new endeavors.
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Pleasant weather covered Lincoln, NE. for most of November. We didn’t see any snow and lawns remained green into December. Finally, the second week of December the snow and cold arrived. But praise the Lord the reroofing of the middle section was almost finished. God blessed with a unusually warm fall weather.
The middle building of Christian Record houses several vital ministries. It includes the Library, the Bible School, IS and several of the editorial offices. Everything inside is dry! Praise the Lord! Even during the recent rainstorms, everything was dry. Russ Thomas, Production Director, has so much confidence in this new roof that he removed the large trash container that has stood outside his office for . . .