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November 12, 2017 is
Orphan Sunday


Community Clergy Training
from the VA -
Pastoral care for rural
veterans and families.
Various locations/dates.








U.S. Missions serves the Blind through the Center for the Blind, part of the Intercultural Department.

The Center for the Blind provides curriculum, periodicals, books, and children's materials in formats accessible to the blind. The Center also works to enable assimilation and integration of the visually impaired into church and Christian community. (See the U.S. Missions Philosophy of Ministry on this topic.)

Did you know you can get a free audio Bible on a digital cartridge?  Contact the Center for the Blind for more information about this and other resources, or to become a volunteer (you don't have to live in Springfield!).

FAQs and Statistics

Who is Blind?
People are considered legally Blind if their vision is less than 20/200 after correction of their better eye with single lens glasses or contacts, or if their visual field is 20 degrees or less. Only about 10% of the Blind see nothing at all. (AG Center for the Blind)

Who is Visually Impaired?
A person is considered visually impaired if normal activities in life are limited by a visual condition that is not correctable. Examples of this are dyslexia, night blindness, and light sensitivity. (AG Center for the Blind)



Facts about Blindness in the United States from the National Federation of the Blind

Vision problems in the U.S. by state 

Vision Loss Fact Sheet from the CDC


Speakers and U.S. Missionaries

Paul Weingartner, U.s. Missionary and Director, AG Center for the Blind

Hugh Duncan, National Field Representative, AG Center for the Blind

Resources and Training Materials for the Church

Is your church a welcoming place for the blind and visually impaired?

Help your congregation become more comfortable interacting with blind and visually impaired members by checking out the Center for the Blind YouTube channel! These informative, entertaining videos are packed with tips such as "How to Talk to a Blind Person" and "What Is Blindness?" (Just the right length to use as an awareness tool during announcements, offertory, etc.!)

Would your greeters and ushers know when to offer assistance, or where a guide dog should sit during service?  Is it OK to pet or speak to a dog? Learn about these and other "access and etiquette" topics with educational materials from Guide Dogs for the Blind!

Another excellent awareness activity for youth groups: "Do You Dream in Color?" - Documentary film of four blind teenagers, prepared by the National Federation of the Blind in recognition of October as Blindness Awareness Month.

Audio Bible 

"Disability Friendly Church" training and certification through Special Touch Ministries.

The American Foundation for the Blind's list of suggested types of accommodations for the visually impaired

Awareness seminars, church presentations, and more from Christian singer, songwriter, and pianist Laurel Jean 

Disability awareness and education programs from Clearer Vision Ministries


Other Helpful Resources

Find helpful phone apps for the visually impaired--navigation, currency reading, and more.

Junior Blind of America: Training, recreational opportunities, and other programs

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Association of Christian Ministries to the Blind:  Listing of ministries providing assistance and materials

Christian Record Services for the Blind: Books, Bibles, camps, college scholarship opportunities, and more

Access World, Technology publication for the blind or visually impaired

National Institute of Health (NIH) - Blindness and Vision Loss Information from the National Library of Medicine

Resources for Living, Working, Learning, and Recreation by the National Federation of the Blind

Services Directory by American Foundation for the Blind

DVD: Fanny Crosby Trailer Synopsis

Video: Braille Production Video featuring the Assemblies of God Center for the Blind

Helen Keller 

Jennifer Rothschild: A Blind Woman's Incredible Vision

National Braille Press: News, books, and resources supporting literacy opportunities for blind children


Resources for Educators

 Audio books for parent and educator use

Accessible textbooks from the American Printing House for the Blind

Recent Articles

Pentecostal Evangel, August 18, 2013, Center for the Blind

Assemblies of God Center for the Blind - History

Additional Questions and Information



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