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4-10-13 "They don't need to feel unwanted."
April 13 theme of the 2013 Annual Offering for ministry to the blind
This year's theme expresses a challenge as well as an opportunity faced in congregations and communities alike. "When someone with a disability, a blind person, sits down next to you in church, do you know how to make that person feel at home?" asks Rajmund Dabrowski, marketing director for CRSB. "Consider that many of these brothers and sisters all too frequently just sit and wait to be welcomed and invited to contribute their talents to a church community," he adds. “Consider, too, that if nobody with a disability ever sits down next to you in church, it may be because no one has offered an invitation and transportation.”
Dexter's challenge is echoed by several others in "Unwanted?," a video presentation filmed in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at the Leoni Meadows Camp in Grizzly Flats, Calif., by award-winning videographer Jason Sutterland of Big Puddle Films.
"Such concepts as empowerment and acceptance all too often seem to be missing in our Christian ministry to those with special needs. This year's campaign aims to bring better awareness of the need as well as our hope of having full inclusion of believers with disabilities in church life and witness," Dabrowski adds. "Christian Record is a partner to strengthen our Seventh-day Adventist congregations into becoming a more welcoming community."
Relying on support from the CRSB Annual Day of Giving offering and general public donations, Christian Record provides blind clients with free services, including Braille, large print and audio magazines and books. National Camps for Blind Children and Adults, another major program of Christian Record, has served more than 50,000 campers in its 45 years of operation.
See more on the 2013 CRSB Annual Day of Giving and CRSB services at www.christianrecord.org. Preview the “Unwanted?” video (English and Spanish).
[Jeri Lyn Rogge/Christian Record News]