Torch Trust - The Christian Sight Loss Charity
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Torch's ministry thriving in challenging times - July
Posted: 13th July 2020
Paul Rhodes our Production Manager
‘The production department has been carrying on as normal throughout lockdown, producing and sending out resources like Premier Christianity magazine, Bible reading notes, Everyday with Jesus, Daily Bread, New Daylight and Upper Room. The Torch Library has been busy, as have sales for books to clients as well as through the online book shop Eden. Torch News and What’s New have been produced and sent out too.
‘It’s been great knowing that we have helped people get through this strange time of lockdown by being able to produce books and magazines and keeping the library open. The post has been a bit slower for some people but it seems as though everything we send does arrive, eventually!’
James Brookman our Audio Transcription Co-ordinator
‘The biggest impact of lockdown on audio transcription was the loss of our recording studios at Torch House. At short notice we had to get our local readers in and equip and train them in the use of portable recording devices which they could set up at home; no mean feat when they’re expected to do their own editing on the device and also transfer the audio back over the internet. My job as co-ordinator was also impacted as I moved to working exclusively from home although the wonders of modern technology mitigated most of the difficulties, including switching to digital books to avoid reliance on the postal service.
‘Despite, or maybe because of, lockdown all our normal audio has been produced well ahead of time – all my volunteers being confined to barracks has provided plenty of spare time. In fact, the biggest barrier to productivity has been me struggling to keep up with demand from my volunteers for books to record – so you can look forward to a bonanza of Christian audio books to listen to over the coming months!’
Becky Davies our Acting Sight Loss Friendly Church Manager
‘I am delighted to report that the first virtual SLFC training session recently went extremely well and was well supported with over 20 people joining Zoom from one church. It was also a real blessing to have Matthew Horspool, one of our SLFC Representatives, Chich Hewitt and James Hassall, 2 of our SLFC volunteers on the Zoom session with us. They were able to share their experiences of sight loss with all of the participants. We will continue to promote our virtual training sessions to churches who have already signed up to being sight loss friendly. If you are part of a SLFC who has not received training yet please do encourage them to contact us to discuss this opportunity further.
‘We are also very pleased to offer you the opportunity to join us at the launch of one of our new events from July. These will be virtual SLFC Taster Sessions on Zoom. These will be a perfect opportunity to hear more about SLFC, meet the SLFC team, and find out about all the benefits for your local church when they sign up to be a SLFC. These will last no more than 30 minutes and will be a perfect event to invite members of your groups to find out more and be better informed. You could also invite leaders in your churches who would like to know more about SLFC. There will be opportunity to ask questions. To book onto any of these sessions and for more information about them or our training events email firstname.lastname@example.org.’
We continue to thank the Lord for your ongoing messages of support, prayers and donations for the UK and Malawi.
Your emails and letters do give encouragement to the Torch team and so thank you. We really do like to hear from you so please stay in touch!
Deuteronomy 31:8 ‘The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged’
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
If you would like to support the work of Torch, please visit our support area
CONTACT US to receive regular news updates and information for prayer, to find out how you can volunteer with us, to make donations, to access free literature for a blind or partially sighted person, or to make a link with your local Torch Fellowship Group.
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