Torch Trust - The Christian Sight Loss Charity
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Announcing new CEO
Posted: 4th January 2021 by Dr. Mike Townsend
I am very pleased to say that after a period of reflection, prayer and formal interviews the Torch Trustees have unanimously decided to confirm Tim Jeffery as permanent Chief Executive Officer of Torch.
Torch has been going through some turbulent times. At the beginning of 2020; the previous CEO stood down, then Covid struck, and there was a sense of unease amongst supporters, staff and trustees. Through the early part of 2020, as a trustee and long term Torch enthusiast, I wondered how a way forward could be found. Along with many, I gave it to God, trusting that He would pilot us through.
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans" (Prov 16: 3).
This is the Torch calendar verse for the last day of 2020. It is a fundamental truth that has once again proved true. In mid June last year, I invited Tim Jeffery to help the trustees understand what was happening, and facilitate us in finding a way forward. Tim's wise and spiritual questioning and analysis re-focused us on God and the calling He has for Torch. The Board recognised that Torch also needed some stability as we moved into the next stage of re-building. Tim was invited to become interim CEO to help us lead that process and over the last few months, Tim has proved to be very successful in this role. Through this time it seems that God has been calling Tim to consider a more long term commitment to Torch – a calling that he and the Board have been testing together and have all come to believe is the right way forward.
One of the impacts of the virus is that churches and organisations like Torch have had to re-think what we do and how we can best serve the people and communities God has called us to work alongside. It is therefore imperative that we re-shape our strategy for the exciting things God has in store in these changing times. Having a permanent CEO in place right at the start of 2021 gives us the opportunity to be more proactive more quickly in seeking to find God’s way forward for us.
When I took the role of Torch Chair, I knew God was saying that we should be true to our values. Torch's values are: Christ centred, people focused, open and creative. Tim shares and has demonstrated that he lives out these values. Please pray with us as Jesus embeds these values into the whole fabric of Torch and they shape how we work in new ways. Please also pray for Tim as he guides us into discovering the plans God wishes to establish for Torch.
Dr. Mike Townsend, Chair Torch Trust.
Torch in brief
Torch Trust's aims can be summarised as enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.
Towards this end we provide Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide. Our services are offered to all who experience sight loss, of all faiths or none, and including those with sight loss who have other disabilities.
Among our services, Torch provides Christian literature, including a free lending library and a range of magazines, in various accessible formats. We also promote Christian fellowship through over 60 local Groups across the UK. Our international arm involves Torch working in partnership with others and being involved in various projects, especially in Malawi which in turn serves the needs of blind and partially sighted people in various other African countries.
Torch Trust has a driving vision for people with sight loss, wherever in the world they may live. Our seven-fold charter is that every blind or partially sighted person may have the opportunity to:
- Explore Christian faith and discover Jesus
- Grow as a Christian
- Enjoy a fulfilling devotional life
- Access Christian activities and resources they need
- Join a church of their choice
- Develop their invaluable God-given gifting
- Contribute to the life of the church
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