September 18, 2019 ∙ by rbacchus ∙ in Uncategorized
Christian Record Services for the Blind Extends Services Worldwide
Story by Diane Thurber
Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRS), a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, offers access to its proprietary online library to all of the divisions outside North America. This includes several different reading formats, including audio streaming, large electronic print and refreshable Braille.
The library is available to verified members who are legally blind and can be accessed through computers, tablets and some smartphones. This offer represents collaboration with Special Needs Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Equally important to providing this special library worldwide, CRS offers options for additional services as contracted by the Division headquarters of the Adventist Church. These options may provide members who are blind with the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide in Unified English Braille or audio, or Guía de estudio de la Biblia (Spanish Sabbath School lesson) in audio. Another option is the member’s choice of subscriptions to Braille, large print and audio magazines, including Christian Record, the longest-produced Christian Braille magazine, first published by Christian Record in 1899.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Larry Evans, Adventist Church Special Needs Ministries leader, and the division leaders of the Adventist Church to share the Blessed Hope with all who are blind throughout the world,” says Diane Thurber, president of CRS.
The services offered to the divisions contribute to the development and growth of ministry with people who are blind throughout the world. All contracted resources are provided to people who are blind without cost to them.
Divisions may request bulk pricing for resources such as books in large print and Braille (if permissioned for their region), Bibles and the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. Christian Record can facilitate translation from text to Braille in some languages. Costs vary, based on the project. The Division collaboration agreements renew annually. Questions about the terms of a Division’s collaboration agreement should be addressed to the Division’s Special Needs Ministries leader.