What do a wringer washing machine, a small farmhouse in Michigan, and a blind girl in Kansas City have in common?
Over fifty years ago, God put a vision in the heart of Mildred Whitney. That vision was to see the Gospel made available to the Blind. With that call of God in her heart, she began her Braille lessons. She hand-punched the "Adult Student Quarterly" into Braille, painted the sheet with shellac, and hung it up to dry to be used as plates. A soaked sheet of paper was placed over the plate and run through a wringer washing machine. These sheets were hung up to dry through out her small farmhouse in Michigan.
This was the beginning of what is now a dynamic ministry that has expanded to include evangelism and discipleship, community relations, convention outreach, and Christian advocacy and education for the blind.
In September 1999, the Adriene Resource Center for Blind Children became a reality. This ministry exists to help fill the nationwide void in Christian literature for blind children with quality, state of the art material. Adriene was born with an extremely rare genetic condition (only 40-50 cases in the history of the human race). She was born without eyes and other results of genetics. Adriene is vivacious! She is realistic about her blindness and does not let it or the misconceptions of others determine who she is. You can Read Adriene's story in the Pentecostal Evangel article, Through eyes of faith.
Their vision is that the blind may experience:
- Freedom In Salvation
- Book of Hope in Braille
- Descriptive 'Jesus' Video
- Assortment of tracts in Braille, large print and on cassette
- Joy In Belonging
- Resources and training packs to promote Blind friendly churches
- Sunday School materials in Braille and on cassette
- Fulfillment In Living
- Periodicals, devotionals and other resources for discipleship and Christian living
- Braille and cassette lending library
- Honor In Serving
- Berean University courses
- Teacher guides
- Leadership training materials
- To produce quality, contemporary Gospel presentations for the Blind, and to find creative ways to make them available.
- To promote Blind-friendly congregations through awareness, education, and training materials, and to help these congregations provide materials accessible to the Blind.
- To increase the quality and quantity of Christian books, periodicals, and discipleship materials available to the Blind.
- To provide Berean University courses, and leadership training material to equip the Blind for Christian service.
- To develop and produce quality, contemporary Christian literature for Blind children and children of Blind parents using the latest techniques in Braille, combination medias (Braille and large print, cassette and tactile, etc), and tactile graphics (feelable pictures).
Listserv now available for individuals who are blind and in ministry
The Assemblies of God Center for the Blind has created a listserv for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and involved in, training for or considering formal Christian ministry. Center for the Blind Director, Paul Weingartner describes the listserv as a connection point for encouragement, fellowship and learning among those
who have shared similar ministry experiences and challenges. The group was created in response to many requests over the years.
Click this link to subscribe to the Center for the Blind's listserv.
Click this link to learn more about Sacred Texts and where to find them in alternative formats.