New Vision News
March 24, 2020
Hello, and welcome to the quarterly newsletter of New Vision Ministries for the Blind and Challenged! My husband Timothy and I believe that even though we are all disabled by sin, Jesus Christ enables us to do anything according to His will. Thank you for reading our newsletter, and thank you so much for supporting us as we continue to reach out to others.
Of course, we want to thank all our new subscribers to this newsletter as well! We hope you'll enjoy reading it, and that you'll be inspired by the articles we're sharing with you.
It is said that the only constant in life is change. Just a month ago, Tim and I were enjoying a boost in business for our ministry. We had received over 20 bookings for the year, and 2 nursing homes had joined our regular line-up. We were looking forward to a hopeful future. Everything changed when the Coronavirus scare came along and interrupted practically everyone's lives. Of course, all nursing homes are closed to visitors, including entertainers, so our jobs have been put on hold for the time being. We have both been trying our best to take things one day at a time and stay positive during these troubling times. With God's help, we are sure we'll all get through this worldwide trial together.
Our physical jobs may have stopped for now, but we're making good use of our down-time. Tim continues to work on Captivated, his Christian novel. Also, we are still adding new material to our website at www.mynvm.com each Saturday. In response to this pandemic, Timothy's latest devotion is about turning to God during our darkest moments, instead of allowing our fears to paralyze us. We hope you'll read some of our devotions, especially if you're in need of some comfort and inspiration today.
Would you like to join one of our Bible studies? Each weekly study is conducted by telephone on a conference line. A new study takes place each Tuesday at 5:30 PM Arizona time. Our audience currently consists of a few young women living in New York, and we go over what the Bible has to teach us about living the Christian life.
Each study session lasts about 1 hour, and it includes some time for prayer requests. Tonight we'll be reading from the book of Matthew. We hope you'll join us as we continue to delve into one of the famous gospels of Jesus!
To join our Tuesday night study, all you have to do is call 712-432-6498. Then, after a short message, press 1. When you hear the prompt for live chat rooms, press 31 and then pound. That's all there is to it! We look forward to your participation, and we'll save a seat just for you!
A Call to Prayer
Each quarter, we'll be featuring different people or things in this section, and we encourage you to pray for them.
First, please pray for everyone who has been affected by the Coronavirus, and for everyone who feels panicky or discouraged because of our current trials. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of these people, and we encourage you to turn to God by reading scripture and by giving him all of your worries and fears.
Second, please pray for the growth of our ministry. Pray that God will guide us as we perform at nursing homes and share God's Word with others. Also, please pray that our website will keep growing, and that people will keep coming back to read more devotions.
The Online Chaplain
Along with our assisted-living and hospital outreaches, we have started something that I would like to ask you to pray about. It is called the Online Chaplain, and it is designed to reach out to those who might never darken the door of a church. People who have spiritual questions and those who are involved in crisis situations may benefit as well. The Online Chaplain is also meant to support the body of Christ in general.
If you have recently gone through the pain of a great loss, or you just need to talk with someone, I hope that you will feel free to let me know. People who contact me can give as much or as little information as they like. Everything that we discuss will remain confidential.
You can contact me, Timothy, by calling 507.369.6861, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Finally, we hope you'll enjoy our latest article, written by Timothy and myself!
"Living Life to Its Fullest"
Sometimes, during our ministry work, God brings about a miracle without any warning. One afternoon a few years ago, we had just wrapped up one of our nursing-home performances when the activities director took us aside.
"You'll never believe what happened!" she gushed. "While you two were playing one of your songs, one resident really connected with the music. He has always stayed in his wheelchair for as long as I can remember, but during your song he got up and started walking around. He almost seemed to be dancing!"
Of course, we were thrilled that we had managed to reach a resident through our music, and we were glad this gentleman had enjoyed one of our songs so much.
Michael Scheid was another resident who loved our performance. He took the time to thank us for playing the piano and recorder, and he said our determination to perform in spite of our blindness was an inspiration to him. He asked us to speak and play a coupld of songs at his monthly Lions Club meeting. We were very glad to comply with his wishes.
Michael was born with a mental limitation which would have caused most people to throw in the towel, but in spite of that, life for him is all about service. He is a very cordial and friendly man, and he gave us a retelling of his own life story. We'd like to inspire you with a few of the highlights here.
The main thing that made a difference in Michael’s life was his commitment to Christ. Michael told me he came to Christ in 1970, and it radically transformed him. "The drugs and alcohol were gone," he said, "and my attitude was changed."
Through Christ’s power, Michael has lived productively, serving in various arenas. With an honorable discharge from the Navy, he served others for 30 years as a rep for State Farm. He worked with Joni and Friends for 8 years, and he was actively involved in the Special Olimpics. Michael is also proud of the fact that when it comes to disability, he hasn’t received a dime from the government.
He says that he hopes his story will be an inspiration to others, so I hope you will allow God to use what Michael has done as an inspiration in your life. If you feel like quitting today, take a look at God's Word. He makes it clear that He will never leave or forsake you, and He will make a way where there is none.
And on that note, our latest newsletter comes to a close. Once again, don't forget to check out our devotions whenever you need some spiritual encouragement.
We would love to hear from you. This is your ministry, and we want you to share with us how we can improve. If you have any questions, please call 507-369-6861, or write to us at email@example.com (my email) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Timothy's email).
Please stay healthy and safe out there. We hope you will remember to keep the faith, and not give into fear during this virus outbreak. Remember that God loves you, and He is always ready with loving arms and listening ears!
Stephanie and Timothy Burdick