What’s New
from Torch Trust

The accessible Christian reading and services magazine from Torch Trust.

2020 – Issue 1

Views expressed in the features are not necessarily those of Torch Trust.

What’s New from Torch Trust is available in the following formats: email, DAISY and audio CD, braille, and large print (17, 20, 25 and 30 point). It can also be viewed on the Torch website.

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Welcome

You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

Psalm 65:11 NIV

Dear Friends

At the start of this New Year, let us give thanks for all the good things God has already provided for us and pray in confidence that he will continue to bless us during 2020.

Torch is so grateful for the generous support it receives from all of you in prayer, time and finances. Without your help we would not be able to continue to support people like yourselves to grow in faith and thrive in Christian community.

Thank you!

Christmas is just a memory now but we were so pleased that many of you ordered Torch’s Christmas Selection Box. As usual our Calendars were also very popular. At Torch, we use the calendar ‘verse for the day’ during our own prayer times. As so many of you tell us you also use it every day, it makes us feel connected with the Torch family.

Next month, we will start the season of Lent, leading up to the Christian celebration of Easter. Once again Torch will be offering a free gift for you or for you to share with others. We are also pleased to tell you about a few of the books we have available for you to study and enjoy. As always, do contact us if there is a particular book you are interested in and we will see if we have it or can make it available for you.

Finally, I have some exciting news to share with you about Torch Together.

Please enjoy reading this magazine and if you have any comments or questions do give us a call.

Every Blessing,

Rose, Services Lead

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Bible Reading Notes

Torch produces a wide range of Bible Reading notes. If you would like to try a sample of any of them then do call Client Services and this can be arranged.

They are available in different formats, large print, braille and audio. If you were to buy these from a bookshop or direct from the publisher the annual subscription for a print copy varies from £16.95 to £19. At Torch, we believe that an accessible copy should not cost more than a print copy. Therefore we suggest an annual donation of just £17 as a contribution towards the cost of production.

This is what our friends are saying about Bible Reading Notes:

“I have listened every day since 2006 and I do feel that Every Day with Jesus, so well presented in this form, has helped me greatly on my Christian journey and transformed my life.”

“I absolutely love the SU Daily Bread, the notes are just perfect.”

“I just called to say I have a lot of magazines and bible reading notes from Torch and they make such a difference to my life and are a real blessing to me.”

Currently we produce:

Daily Bread – available bimonthly on USB and DAISY disc and monthly in Braille. Large Print is available from Scripture Union.

Every Day with Jesus – available bimonthly on USB and DAISY disc. Large Print is available from CWR.

The Upper Room – available monthly in Large Print (various print sizes).

New Daylight – available bimonthly on USB and DAISY disc.

Focus on Every Day With Jesus

As a young miner working in the dark pits of South Wales, Selwyn Hughes was called by God into full-time ministry.

He left the mines to study theology in Bristol and, having grown up on stories of the famous Welsh revival of the early 20th century, Selwyn always had revival at the heart of his ministry.

For 18 years he was a pastor in England and Wales but, after establishing a church in central London, he felt God was calling him to a wider ministry and in 1965 he founded CWR.

An evangelist at heart, it gave him great joy to preach the Gospel in many countries.

Selwyn’s international ministry spanned 5 continents, and he reached many thousands through his teaching, preaching and evangelistic campaigns.

Over the years he designed and delivered follow-up seminar programmes on Christian discipleship motivated by a deep desire to teach believers not only what they should do as Christians, but how to do it.

Coincidental to the founding of CWR, Selwyn had begun writing his now famous daily devotional, Every Day with Jesus, to encourage Christians to read their Bibles regularly. His writing combined topical and expositional Bible study with the insights into Christian living he had gained as a pastor.

Every Day with Jesus began as brief notes printed on simple postcards; today it has nearly a million regular readers worldwide.

Today CWR has a flourishing publishing and training ministry enabling Christians in 160 countries to apply God’s Word to everyday life and relationships.

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Torch Together

Torch is introducing a new exciting program focusing on friendships, growing in faith, and supporting one another.

All the events will be available to Torch clients, friends and supporters at new venues around the UK, which will bring Torch closer to you. In 2020, we are visiting 5 Christian centres where you can take time to rest and be refreshed.

Our aim is for you to be able to relax with friends, spend time worshipping together, and have opportunities for personal prayer and reflection, share good conversations and of course enjoy good quality food. During your stay, we will arrange optional local trips, which you can sign up for (additional costs may apply) or stay on site and enjoy the grounds and any other activities that the centre may provide.

There will be an opportunity to meet Torch staff, members of Torch groups and sight loss friendly churches in the area.

The cost will be for full board and it excludes transport to the venue and any outings that you choose to go on. Torch staff and volunteers will be around to help with meal times, guiding and general support. If you have not already received the dates and information from us or have any other enquiries, then please do give Client Services a call.

Bookings will be taken from 13th January 2020.

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Is your Church Sight Loss Friendly?

Torch Trust is committed to ensuring people living with sight loss are fully included in church life. We are working with churches to enable this to happen. How is your church helping you? We would love to hear your story.

Here is Joan’s story:

Joan attends a church in Market Harborough and she shares how their approach has supported her...

Although I attended church when I was younger, for a number of years life’s journey took me away from it.

I’ve enjoyed a good life, a happy marriage and together we raised our lovely son. Thirteen years ago, sadly my husband passed away. My life was no longer as I knew it. I became very low and lonely.

A good friend invited me often to her church. She never gave up, despite my reluctance to agree. One day however, she invited me and I just felt there was something different behind the invite. I felt compelled to go. I have not looked back from that day. I was welcomed into church and my life has got so much better. I started to volunteer for a Christian counselling organisation as a welcome and support worker and I especially enjoyed reading in church and I also host a home group.

A few years later I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition and my sight is now quite poor. Although I wear glasses, most people would have no idea how poor my sight is. I am determined not to let this stop me, never wishing to return to that low place.

My church has been brilliant, producing hymns and my Bible readings in large print, they are so inclusive and I don’t know where I would be now without them being so sight loss friendly. My vision is difficult, but being able to read the Bible at the front of church, and being included in the service continues to bring meaning and pleasure to my life.

Thank you, Joan, for sharing this story with us.

If you are looking for a church that is sight loss friendly, then visit our website sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk and enter your town or postcode to find one nearby. Or, call Client Services and they will search for you. If you would like information to share with your church leadership so they can sign up for themselves, then point them to the website. We can also send a leaflet for you to share with them.

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New Pouches

Many of you receive Bible Reading notes or Library books from Torch on USB memory sticks. These are sent to you free of charge inside zipped pouches. Recently, our supply of pouches has diminished and we were running short of them. However, we have managed to get a new supply but they will be different from our current ones. The main difference is that they will be closed using Velcro fasteners and we ask that you make sure the pouch is closed by pressing firmly on the fasteners when returning items to Torch. You will no longer need to turn the address label over – just remove it (the return Torch address is printed on the pouch).

We will be using both types of pouches for a time, so some of you may still be getting the ones with zips on top as well as the new ones with Velcro type seals.

If you have any of our Torch pouches at home then we would be so grateful to receive them back.

Together each pouch and USB memory stick costs around £6 so it is so important that we have them returned. We are fortunate that the work of Torch is supported by prayer and financial donations so that we can continue our valuable ministry. If you would like more information as to how you can help then give us a call or email supporter@torchtrust.org

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Services available from Torch

As with each of our What’s New magazines, I try to highlight some of the services that we can offer to people experiencing sight loss. Our Team hope that we can help and support you in some way. If you have not spoken to anyone here for a little while, then we would like to have a talk with you. Many of our clients have found this particularly useful as we can look at the magazines you receive, and talk about the Library and Bible reading notes. We can also tell you more about what Torch is doing in your community in local groups and churches.

Included in this magazine is a list of books that you can buy or borrow but there are many other Christian books that you may like to read, some we have already produced in accessible formats but there may be others as well. Torch does offer a transcription service to its clients, which means we may be able to obtain the right files from publishers to enable us to put a particular book in a format you can buy and read for yourself. Do ask!

There may also be a special event or service happening in your church, a wedding or baptism for instance. If you give us enough time, then, for a small charge, we may be able to produce this in braille or large print for you.

For more information call Client Services.

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Easter Free Gift

This will be available to order from Client Services from March 2020. Remember to call and ask for a copy. It will be available in all large print sizes, braille and audio.

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Torch Trust Office Opening Times

The staff at Torch House all have different working patterns. However, if you want to speak to us, then please call between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday to Thursdays. We will be happy to speak to you at those times.

No one will answer your calls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but do call back to speak to Client Services when we are open. We would normally be closed for bank holidays.

Our phones do get very busy in the mornings, especially on Mondays so please do be patient if we do not answer straight away as all the Advisors are probably on another call to another client.

What we can guarantee is that you will get to speak to a friendly, helpful person when you do get through.

Thank you for your patience.

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Book Review

No Neutral Ground (5 stars)

By Pete Portal. Hodder and Stoughton. 9141, £12.99. Available in braille and large print. If you would like an audio version then please do ask.

What happens when you take the gospel to one of the most dangerous place on earth? That’s the adventure Pete Portal embarks upon in No Neutral Ground, an intellectually rigorous, well-researched and emotionally charged account of his life in Manenberg, Cape Town, living with drug addicts and gangsters.

Aware that he, as a British man, began his mission with “embarrassingly neo-colonial views”, this book is as much a profound examination of Portal’s own transformation as it is the lives of the desperate men he and his wife, Sarah, are trying to save.

Portal recounts the impossible highs and devastating lows of living in a town filled with despair. The spectres of relapse, violence and death lurk behind every sentence. But ultimately this is a message of hope in the radical love of Jesus, and the miracles that can take place when you unflinchingly follow His call. (Review by Elise Lamsdale, Premier Christianity August 2019)

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Lent and Easter books to purchase for 2020

All of the following books are available for you to purchase in braille and large print (font sizes 17pt, 20pt, 25pt and 30pt). If you would like an audio version then please do ask. Call Client Services on 01858 438260 for more details or to place an order.

Lent

A Passion for Christ (Cover to Cover): Lent study guide

By Michael Baughen. CWR. 9302, £5.99. In 6 Lent studies we consider how to: share in Christ’s sufferings; be a Church marked by love & holiness; share the hope of the gospel; shine the light of Christ’s glory; use suffering as a personal testimony, and give our lives as living sacrifices.

Superstar (York Course): An ecumenical course in 5 sessions

By David Wilbourne. York Courses. 9277, £3.80. Jesus Christ Superstar asked daring questions. Half a century on, its message remains just as relevant, and we explore themes from its iconic lyrics in this 5 session course for discussion groups and individuals – suitable for Lent or any season.

You Are Mine: Daily Readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day

By David Walker. The Bible Reading Fellowship. 9300, £8.99. At this time of Lent, David Walker explores different aspects of human belonging through the medium of scripture and story in order to help us recognise the different ways in which we are God’s beloved. Daily reflections and prayers.

Easter

40 Days with Jesus

By Dave Smith. CWR. 9183, £6.99. Jesus lived. He died... What happens next? Spend 40 days exploring the post–resurrection appearances of Jesus. Discover the vital evidence of his resurrection & see how he changed the lives of those he came back to restore, guide and empower.

Jesus’ Final Week (Lifebuilder): 8 studies for individuals and groups

By Cindy Brunch. IVP. 9307, £4.99. Jesus’ final week of life – Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Jesus’ trial, death and his resurrection – these events are foundational to our Christian lives and to our salvation. Focusing on these events brings new understanding of Jesus and how he loves us.

To Seek and To Save

By Sinclair B. Ferguson. The Good Book Company. 9295, £6.99. Travel with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. These short yet profound, devotions will hold up a mirror to your own heart and, more importantly, give you a window into the heart of the Lord Jesus – the one who came to seek and to save the lost at Easter.

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New books to purchase from Torch

All of the following books are available for you to purchase immediately in braille and large print (font sizes 17pt, 20pt, 25pt and 30pt). However we may also be able to supply some of the books in audio on request. Please call Client Services on 01858 438260 for more details or to place an order.

We have over 1,000 other accessible books for you to buy and these are all listed on our online resources catalogue at torchtrust.org. If you need any assistance, our Client Services team are always ready to help you find what you want.

Biography

God’s Hostage

By Andrew Brunson. Authentic Media. 9304, £9.99. In 1993, Andrew Brunson travelled to Turkey to serve as a missionary. In 2016 he & his wife, Norine, were arrested. The State eventually released Norine, who remained in Turkey but Andrew was imprisoned. This is his story of imprisonment & journey of faith.

Children of the Himalayas

By Diane Bell. Instant Apostle. 9233, £8.99. Social worker Diane Bell called to offer family–based care to street kids in Nepal where multiple challenges would have to be overcome for this life–giving vision to become a reality, Diane co–founded WIN Nepal to rescue these vulnerable children.

Breaking Limits

By Bart Gee. Sarah Grace Publishing. 9263, £8.99. Bart Gee was born with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis meaning he has weak muscles and stiff joints. Doctors said he would never walk and may not even have the strength to sit up independently. This is Bart’s story of answered prayer.

Christian Life

Face to Face

By Jen Baker. Authentic Media. 9299, £9.99. A unique look at Moses’ spiritual journey – from hiding his face to speaking face to face with God. As Moses’ example shows, this journey often means walking through challenges & trials. However, trials can be an opportunity to press on, not to retreat.

These 3 Things

By Mick Brooks. CWR. 9279, £7.99. Let’s start by going back to the original plan: who God is, and who we are; where it all went wrong, and how we find our way back; what it is we’re looking for, and how and where to find it; all while daring to ask the questions: Who am I? Do I matter? What’s the point?

Teach Me to Feel

By Courtney Reissig. The Good Book Company. 9293, £11.99. In these meditations on 24 selected psalms Courtney Reissig looks at emotions we all experience, ranging from despair to contentment, and shows how they both help us to talk to God about how we’re feeling and help us shape those feelings.

Fiction

Being Lena Levi

By Bobbie Ann Cole. Instant Apostle. 9267, £8.99. It’s 1950: a mysterious stranger shows up at Marlene Robert’s home, turning her teenage world upside down. The exotic ‘Mutti’, a German Jew & Holocaust survivor, is the mother she never knew she had. Marlene is compelled to find out who she really is.

The Mystery of Matthew Gold

By Chick Yuill. Instant Apostle. 9273, £8.99. Matthew Gold: wealthy & successful but totally alone. Afflicted by a crippling stammer, words have been his greatest problem. As a writer of detective fiction words become his passion. But what happens when life itself becomes a mystery you cannot solve?

Prayer

Prayer

By Roger Forster. PUSH Publishing. 9287, £6.99. What does the Lord’s prayer mean? ‘Prayer’ explores the essence of Christian prayer & investigates what it is, what it does & why we should do it. It shows us that prayer is as relevant to us today as it was when Jesus taught his disciples how to pray.

Study Course

Names of God (Cover to Cover study)

By Mary Evans. CWR, 9285, £3.99. Explore some of the Hebrew titles given to God in the Old Testament and the titles ascribed to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit in the New. Seven sessions with icebreakers, discussion starters, leader’s notes and more – ideal for individual or small–group use.

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New books to borrow from Torch

Torch operates a free postal lending library with over 2,800 books available to borrow in a variety of accessible media. Please ring Client Services on 01858 438260 to find out more about the books available. The books below are a selection from those most recently added to the library. Each book has the media it is available in listed in the description.

Most of the books listed here are also offered for purchase – please check with Client Services.

Apologetics

Jesus Christ – The Truth

By J. John. Philo Trust. Media: Braille B3313, Daisy & USB D3399 & Giant Print G2728. In Jesus Christ – The Truth J.John and Chris Walley achieve an uncommon blend – a serious book for popular use and a popular book for serious reading. If you want to know who Jesus Christ is, then read this book and be rewarded.

Can Science Explain Everything?

By John C. Lennox. The Good Book Company. Media: Braille B3322 & Daisy & USB D3415. We live in a time of rapid scientific progress that holds enormous promise for many of the problems we face as humankind. So much so that many see no need or use for religion and belief systems that offer us answers to the mysteries of our universe.

Bible Characters

52 Men of the Bible

By Carl Beech. CWR. Media: Giant Print G2731. From Adam to Jesus, by way of prominent figures such as Samson and Paul, and shining a light on lesser known characters such as Bezalel and Achan, explore these men and how their example can affect your walk with Jesus. Who were they?

Christian Living

Finding Our Voice

By Jeannie Kendall. Authentic Media. Media: Braille B3315, Daisy & USB D3403 & Giant Print G2729. A look at some of the unnamed people in the Bible & their contemporary counterparts. A powerful modern testimony intermingles with the often raw experiences of those we read about in the pages of the Bible, unnamed characters who have never had a voice.

Faitheism

By Krish Kandiah. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. Media: Daisy & USB D3405. In this exploration of the myths of Christianity & Atheism, the evidence shows that the truth on the ground is not what one might expect and the potential for genuine understanding is far greater than the antagonists on either side would have you believe.

Hear My Heart

By Billy Graham. Authentic Media. Media: Braille B3320, Daisy & USB D3433 & Giant Print G2734. Millions heard Billy Graham’s messages. Now hear his heart. Billy Graham has gone home. He preached to more people in live audiences that anyone in history. His lifelong message, passion for the gospel, and compassion for people still echo in this book.

Daily Devotional.

Hebrews: The Daily Discipline of a Devoted Life

By Jeremy McQuoid. 10Publishing. Media: Braille B3327. These 26 undated devotions will warm your heart with great truths about Jesus from the book of Hebrews. You’ll be reminded that Jesus is our true saving hero, our rock in the sinking sand and sufficient for all our needs.

Niteblessings

By Malcolm Duncan. Lion Hudson Plc (Monarch Books). Media: Braille B3297 & Giant Print G2733. At the end of the day this book invites you to a nightly meditation; nourishing the soul and engaging the spirit. With a blessing for every day of the year it is perfect for those looking to make time to engage with God in the quiet of the evening hours.

Fiction

Phoebe

By Paula Gooder. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. Media: Braille B3324 & Daisy & USB D3410. About 56AD, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. He entrusted his letter to Phoebe, the deacon of the church at Cenchreae referring to her as helper or patron of many. Who was this remarkable woman, the life she lived & her 1st-century faith?

Study: Thematic

Holy Habits: Making More Disciples/Sharing Resources/Breaking Bread/Fellowship

By Andrew Roberts. The Bible Reading Fellowship. Media: Daisy & USB D3424/3428/3423/3426. Four books in the Holy Habits series – Holy Habits is an initiative to nurture Christian discipleship. It explores Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42 – 47, identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them. The other six books are also available from Torch.

How To Pray

By Pete Greig. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. Media: Braille B3316 & Giant Print G2730. This introduction to prayer will guide you deeper in your relationship with God, helping you to become more centred & still, clearer in discerning God’s voice, more able to make sense of your disappointment & more expectant for miraculous breakthroughs.

Pilgrim Journeys: Beatitudes

By Steven Croft. Church House Publishing. Media: Giant Print G2736. Explore the unexpected and challenging vision of Jesus in this crucial part of his teachings. Each day has a short Bible reflection, an invitation to pray and a suggestion of how you might respond to the Beatitudes’ challenge to live as God intends.

The Prodigal Prophet

By Timothy Keller. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. Media: Braille B3318, Daisy & USB D3420 & Giant Print G2732. The latter part of Jonah’s story shows how, if we would understand the mercy of God, it will always take us in directions we would rather not go, toward people we would rather not care about, and ultimately into the deepest counsels of God.

Studies and commentaries

For Everyone Bible Study Guide: Hebrews

By Tom Wright. SPCK. Media: Braille B3323 & Giant Print G2723. The letter to the Hebrews is one of the most bracing & challenging writings in the New Testament. Tom Wright helps us to find it full of interest & delight with a powerful message that comes home to today’s church as much as it did to yesterday’s.

Theology

The Universal Christ

By Richard Rohr. SPCK. Media: Daisy & USB D3435. Drawing on scripture, history and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world.

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