What’s New
from Torch Trust

The accessible Christian reading and services magazine from Torch Trust.

2019 – Issue 2

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

Welcome to What’s New, our magazine for clients which showcases our services and resources. A particularly warm welcome goes out to first-time readers of this publication! We hope you will enjoy finding out more about what Torch can do for you. You can also find information on some of the books newly available from Torch in accessible formats.

Here at Torch House we are so very excited to be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Torch this June. It only seem like yesterday that we were celebrating the 50th anniversary but so much has happened in the life of Torch since that time. As we reach another decade on, another magnificent milestone, we really want to encourage groups and individuals around the country to let the Torch light, God’s light, shine nationally by celebrating in their local area.

We will be embracing the Torch values: Christ Centred, People Focussed, Open and Creative, by sending information in due course with ideas on how you can get involved and how to include others; friends, family and your local church. We want this coming year to be one of celebrating history, hearing stories from your lives and your communities, embracing today and where you live. We will be looking forward in anticipation for how God will lead us and enable us to serve in the next decade.

Looking forward into the years to come, we will be using the 60th anniversary to launch the Sight Loss Friendly Church initiative; enabling Christian communities to include people with sight loss throughout the UK.

In the meantime, acknowledging the power in testimony of God’s love at work, it would be so lovely to hear of your own personal experiences involving Torch from over the years. Please do get in touch with our Client Services team on 01858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org if you are able. We would love to hear from you. Photographs would be really welcome too!

If you have any questions about our services or you would like to receive What’s New in any other format, do get in touch on 01858 438260.

Books from Torch’s 60 year history

Coping With The Camel: the story of God’s remarkable work with Torch Trust for the Blind

By Stella G Heath. Media: braille (SEB), giant print 24pt). Ref. 3855, £2.00. A look at the birth and growth of the Torch Family. Stella G. Heath tells of her personal experience in the growth of the Torch Family from 1958, when she and her husband welcomed a blind girl into their house, to its present worldwide ministry. The story of the Torch Family is rather like the tale of the kind Arab who took pity on his camel in the cold desert night. When the beast asked if he could just put his nose into the tent the Arab agreed. Later the camel asked if he could put his front legs in the tent. ‘Yes’ was the reply. Eventually the camel had taken over the tent, and the Arab was outside! Living with the Torch camel has been rather like that as the work has expanded. This book recalls some of the joys and the anxieties expressed as we have faced the challenge of God’s camel!

The Torch Compilation

By Stella Heath. Media: DAISY CD. Ref. 5660, £6.00. Six books by Stella Heath on DAISY CD, including Coping with the Camel. The other books in this compilation that traces some of the past history of Torch are: The Opened Way, The Torch Family, Where There Is Vision, Into Africa With Love, and Forty Great Years.

Hearts Aflame

By Stella G Heath Media: braille, large print (17pt, 20pt, 24pt and 30pt) and DAISY CD. Stella who, with her husband Ron, co-founded Torch Trust was a writer. Diaries, articles, books – whatever and whenever, she would pick up a pen at any opportunity. The Bible was a constant inspiration to her and in her life’s work with blind people she frequently shared from the Bible. Aware that the Old Testament remains a mystery to many, she was inspired to write one last book in which she retells in her accessible style the story of the Old Testament culminating in the coming of Jesus Christ, as the long promised Messiah. After a stroke, which robbed her of her natural fluency, she continued with determination but this last work remained incomplete at her death in 2009. Eileen Cole, her companion in the years after Ron’s death, completed the work and prepared it for publication.

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A Big Thank You!

We are so grateful to those that responded to Client Services to give feedback on holidays and audio recordings. All your responses have been a tremendous help for us as we plan our services for Torch clients. If any of you would like to take part in future surveys or to be part of a focus group, then register your interest by emailing info@torchtrust.org

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Free gift

The Week that Changed the World is our free gift to you. It serves as an introduction to our accessible Bible reading notes. The sample notes are available in braille, large print and audio CD. They will take you through the seven days leading up to Easter. It is for you to use yourself or you can pass it on to someone else. Our hope is that if you do not receive our Bible reading notes already you will consider doing so.

To order your free gift in the media of your choice, please call Client Services on 01858 438260.

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Bible reading notes for you

We produce some of the most popular daily Bible reading notes in accessible media and you can choose which suits you best.

New Daylight

New Daylight from BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship) is available monthly in braille, and bimonthly on DAISY CD and USB memory stick.

Each issue of New Daylight contains daily Bible readings and comment, with a regular team of contributors drawn from a range of church backgrounds. It covers a varied selection of Old and New Testament, biblical themes, characters and seasonal readings. Each day offers a short Bible passage (text included), thought-provoking comment and a prayer or point for reflection, and aims to give a fresh, devotional approach to Bible reading. It is ideal for anyone wanting an accessible yet stimulating aid to spending time with God each day, deepening their faith and their knowledge of scripture.

The Upper Room

The Upper Room from BRF is available monthly in large print (17pt, 20pt, 25pt and 30pt).

The Upper Room has a worldwide readership of some three million, and is unique in that all the meditations are written by its readers, who seek to share the insights of their faith with others, thus providing a personal take on each passage and a different style each day. Each daily meditation includes a recommended Bible reading and a key verse (you will need an accessible Bible), reflection and prayer, and questions for small group study are also included for each week.

Every Day With Jesus

Every Day With Jesus from CWR is available bimonthly on DAISY CD and USB memory stick.

This daily Bible reading publication is one of the most popular daily Bible study tools in the world with over half a million readers an issue. Get practical help with life’s challenges, gain insight into the deeper truths of Scripture; be challenged, comforted and encouraged, and look at six topics in depth each year.

Daily Bread

Daily Bread from Scripture Union is available monthly in braille and bimonthly on DAISY CD and USB memory stick.

Daily Bread is the Bible reading guide that aims to help you hear from God as you read the Bible. If you’ve ever asked the question, ‘What possible relevance can this verse have for me today?’ or ‘What difference does this passage make to my life?’ then Daily Bread is for you.

All of these Bible reading notes are available from Torch at no cost. However, if you would like to make an annual voluntary donation to cover our costs, we suggest £17. Please call Client Services on 01858 438260 if you would like to place a regular order for any of them.

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In Your Pocket

In the last edition of What’s New, we told you a bit about our collaboration with In Your Pocket: a mobile device designed especially for people with sight loss. Created by RNIB, Real Thing and O2, In Your Pocket aims to make accessing talking books and newspapers easy, and the good news is that Torch’s audio library is now available on it!

In Your Pocket (which costs £22/month) functions as a speech-enabled smart phone and can make phone calls and manage your contacts, as well as enabling users to access over 60,000 talking books, 200 newspapers and magazines, and 50,000 podcasts. The device comes setup and ready to use, along with a protective case, headset and charger. To order call the dedicated helpline 0333 772 7708, or order online at inyourpocket.net

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Review

Before The Days Draw In

By Mary Kissell. Media: braille and large print (17pt, 20pt, 25pt and 30pt). 9079, £8.99.

Mary Kissell and her husband, Barry, have been in ministry for decades and were founding members of New Wine. Together they have impacted countless lives.

Before the Days Draw In is an inspiring memoir; humorous and light-hearted, yet gritty and vulnerable.

The book documents how Kissell’s commitment to get up early every morning to spend time in prayer revolutionised her life. Those who lean more towards engaging with God through their head rather than their heart will be challenged by Kissell’s encouragement to “feel the closeness of the Spirit” and fall more in love with Jesus.

This book is also beautifully honest about suffering. Barry’s challenging upbringing, which involved the divorce of his parents and subsequent adoption, is covered, along with Kissell’s difficult relationship with her mother due to the death of her older sister.

Kissell must have struggled to squeeze a lifetime into one small book and there were moments where I was left wanting more details. I’m hoping for a sequel!

[Ruth Jackson, is editor of Premier Youth and Children’s Work magazine and head of youth apologetics. Used by permission]

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New books to purchase from Torch

Books in this section are all available in braille and large print (font sizes 17pt, 20pt, 25pt, and 30pt). Books marked ‘DAISY’ are also on DAISY CD and on ‘In Your Pocket’. To buy a book or to ask whether a book could be transcribed into DAISY format please call us on 01858 438260.

Bible characters

Heaven, How I Got Here: The story of the thief on the cross

By Colin S. Smith. 8932, £6.99. What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died next to Jesus. His story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity. (DAISY)

Bible themes

Colossians & Philemon For You

By Mark Meynell. 9062, £9.99. Peace. Provision. Forgiveness. These are basic human needs. Yet who can truly be relied upon to deliver them? In his letter to the Colossians, Paul shows how these can only come through Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the living God.

Biography/autobiography

God’s Biker: Motorcycles & Misfits

By Sean Stillman. 9078, £14.99. Zac’s Place is a church in Swansea. It is a small chaotic community of Jesus followers where the most fragile of life’s walking wounded try to work out their faith. It is also the spiritual home for the local chapter of the motorcycle club God’s Squad.

Stand Against Injustice

By Michelle Diskin Bates. 9064, £9.99. In 1999, TV presenter Jill Dando was murdered outside her home in London. Barry George was convicted and imprisoned for the murder but was later acquitted after an appeal and retrial. Stand Against Injustice is the powerful memoir of his sister Michelle.

Christianity explored

Finding More: Real-life stories worth telling

By Rico Tice. 9061, £4.99. Most of us wonder: is there something more to life? These are stories of 11 people who asked that question and found the answer. People from all kinds of backgrounds who became Christians when they encountered the only One who gives us more: Jesus Christ.

Christian life

Brave: Showing courage in all seasons of life

By Debbie Duncan. 8886, £7.99. God’s definition of bravery is not limited to freeing a nation like Moses or fighting a giant like David. Using personal examples, Debbie Duncan takes us on a journey that will help us endure the challenges that come our way with our heads held high. (DAISY)

Enjoying God: Experience the power and love of God in everyday life

By Tim Chester. 9056, £7.99. We believe in God, we serve & trust God, but would we say that we enjoy God on a day to day basis? What exactly does a personal relationship with God look like & how is it even possible. As we interact more with God we will experience joy in our service.

Living Without Worry: How to replace anxiety with peace

By Timothy Lane. 9052, £7.99. Worry is an extremely common yet unchallenged problem, and many people don’t know how to practically stop worrying, even if they know they need to. This pastoral book helps us to see how scripture can be used to cast our concerns upon the Lord.

The Pursuit of Pleasure: God: the ultimate delight

By William L. Smith. 9067, £9.99. We are encouraged towards a greater awareness and pursuit of God as pleasure, as a delight in the passionate love of our Father God. The pleasure we have for His kingdom and how it permeates our worship, prayer life and the relationship we have with Him.

Resurrection In Your Life: How the living Christ changes your world

By Mike McKinley. 9058, £7.99. There’s a story that makes sense of your life. A story that takes in a wooden cross and an empty tomb, but that doesn’t end there, because it will never end. It’s a story with a page being written right now.

Same Cross New Questions: How Jesus brings connection in a world of loneliness and separation

By Andre Adefope. 9068, £12.99. Andre believes we can find answers to these questions in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible reveals the cross itself directly answers these question, and brings the deep connection and relationships we crave.

Skydiving for Parents: Raising amazing kids without going into freefall

By Jane Bullivant. 8794, £6.99. “Multi-tasking? I’m a master”, says Jane Bullivant. “I find myself never really living in the moment, free-falling from one ‘must do’ to the next. I want our family life to be rich, vibrant, alive, full of adventure. But how do you make this a reality?”

Daily readings and reflections

Sanctuary: Moments in His presence

By David Strutt. 9069, £12.99. ‘Sanctuary’ is a collection of daily thoughts and insights designed to encourage the reader to come into the presence of God to praise Him, to hear Him and be healed and restored by the wonders of His love and faithfulness.

Devotional

30 Days with David: A devotional journey with the shepherd boy

By Emily Owen. 8750, £4.99. A thirty day devotional look at ‘David’s diary’ with thought provoking points, prayers and questions to help explore this much-loved story in a new way. (DAISY)

Fiction (youth)

The Mirror and the Mountain: An adventure in Presadia

By Luke Aylen. 8885, £7.99. Two 11-year-olds pass through a mirror and end up in a magical kingdom called Presadia. Trapped in a war-torn kingdom with no way home they are pulled into a strange quest to find the long-lost king, who alone has the power to restore peace to Presadia. (DAISY)

A New Me

By Edwin Roy Jones. 9042, £5.99. Jess is struggling with two major issues in her life: she is bullied at school, and her father has moved out of their home because of a drink problem. When their landlord threatens them with eviction it seems things can’t get any worse... (DAISY)

Health and wellbeing

Adventures in a Foreign Land: Discovering Jesus’ compassion for the mentally ill

By Lorraine Gibbard. 8894, £8.99. When Lorraine Gibbard became a Christian, she could not imagine the tumultuous journey that awaited her. A sudden onset of mental illness shattered her successful life and left her feeling lost in a foreign land clinging to new found faith. (DAISY)

Break Through: A Story of freedom from the pain of depression and mental illness

By John & Rita Helvadjian. 9066, £14.99. Depression and mental illness can affect anyone at anytime placing a huge strain on relationships especially with those whom you are closest to. Two people from different cultures find undercurrents from their past arise causing John’s mental breakdown.

Prayer

5 Things to Pray For Your Church: Prayers that change things for the life of your church

By Rachel Jones. 8654, £2.99. This book will equip you to pray powerful prayers for your church family prayers that really change things, because they’re based on God’s word. (DAISY)

5 Things to Pray for your Heart: Prayers that change you to be more like Jesus

By Rachel Jones. 8905, £2.54. This book has 5 simple suggestions for each area of your Christian life, drawn straight from the Bible; because when we pray in line with God’s priorities, our prayers are powerful they really do change things.

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Books to purchase by media type

Braille and large print only

Colossians & Philemon for You, by Mark Meynell. 9062, £9.99.

God’s Biker: Motorcycles & Misfits, by Sean Stillman. 9078, £14.99.

Stand Against Injustice, by Michelle Diskin Bates. 9064, £9.99.

Finding More: Real-life stories worth telling, by Rico Tice. 9061, £4.99.

Enjoying God: Experience the power and love of God in everyday life, by Tim Chester. 9056, £7.99.

Living Without Worry: How to replace anxiety with peace, by Timothy Lane. 9052, £7.99.

The Pursuit of Pleasure: God: the ultimate delight, by William L. Smith. 9067, £9.99.

Resurrection In Your Life: How the living Christ changes your world, by Mike McKinley. 9058, £7.99.

Same Cross New Questions: How Jesus brings connection in a world of loneliness and separation, by Andre Adefope. 9068, £12.99.

Skydiving for Parents: Raising amazing kids without going into freefall, by Jane Bullivant. 8794, £6.99.

Sanctuary: Moments in His presence, by David Strutt. 9069, £12.99.

Break Through: A Story of freedom from the pain of depression and mental illness, by John & Rita Helvadjian. 9066, £14.99.

5 Things to Pray for your Heart: Prayers that change you to be more like Jesus, by Rachel Jones. 8905, £2.54.

Braille, large print and DAISY CD

Heaven, How I Got Here: The story of the thief on the cross, by Colin S. Smith. 8932, £6.99.

Brave: Showing courage in all seasons of life, by Debbie Duncan. 8886, £7.99.

30 Days with David: A devotional journey with the shepherd boy, by Emily Owen. 8750, £4.99.

The Mirror and the Mountain: An adventure in Presadia, by Luke Aylen. 8885, £7.99.

A New Me, by Edwin Roy Jones. 9042, £5.99.

Adventures in a Foreign Land: Discovering Jesus’ compassion for the mentally ill, by Lorraine Gibbard. 8894, £8.99.

5 Things to Pray for Your Church: Prayers that change things for the life of your church, by Rachel Jones. 8654, £2.99.

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New books to borrow from Torch

Torch operates a free postal lending library with over 2,500 books available to borrow in a variety of accessible media. Please ring Client Services 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.

Bible characters

Heaven, How I Got Here

By Colin S. Smith. Media: Daisy & USB D3323. What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died next to Jesus. His story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity.

Health and wellbeing

Adventures in a Foreign Land

By Lorraine Gibbard. Media: Braille B3266 & Daisy & USB D3327. When Lorraine Gibbard became a Christian, she could not imagine the tumultuous journey that awaited her. A sudden onset of mental illness shattered her successful life and left her feeling lost in a foreign land clinging to new found faith.

Biography/autobiography

Out of the Ashes

By Peter Gladwin. Media: Braille B3272, Daisy & USB D3117 & Giant Print G2688. Peter was barely 1 when a domestic fire left him partly disabled. Raised on a rough council estate, he was always in trouble with the police. After contemplating suicide, a talk with his sister led to an encounter that would change his life forever.

Commentaries

The Gospel of Luke

By Matthew Bartlett. Media: Braille B3274 & Giant Print G2650. A simple verse by verse guide to the Gospel of Luke for individual or group use. Every chapter has thought provoking discussion questions to aid study and sample answers are provided.

The Gospel of Mark

By Matthew Bartlett, Media: Braille B3275 & Giant Print G2651. A verse by verse guide to the Gospel of Mark with thought-provoking questions and sample answers.

The Gospel of John

By Matthew Bartlett. Media: Braille B3276 & Giant Print G2652. John’s Gospel Bible study guide with full Bible text, commentary, discussion questions and sample answers. Faithbuilders Bible study guides will lead you to a deeper appreciation of God’s Word and its relevance for your life today!

Daily devotional

Every Day With Jesus For New Christians (New edition)

By Selwyn Hughes. Media: Braille B3282. Every Day with Jesus for New Christians is a powerful and relevant handbook for people new to the Christian faith or for people who need the basics presented to them clearly and dynamically. A favourite with churches of all denominations.

30 Days with David

By Emily Owen. Media: Braille B3226, Daisy & USB D3344 & Giant Print G2625. A thirty day devotional look at ‘David’s diary’ with thought provoking points, prayers and questions to help explore this much-loved story in a new way.

Devotional

Power of Seven

By Emily Owen. Media: Braille B3278 & Daisy & USB D3357. This book encourages us to look afresh at some of the themes of 7 in the Bible. Creation, who God is, God as shepherd, the ‘I AM’s of the Bible, the last words of Jesus from the cross, what we add to our faith, & the Revelation churches are all examined.

Fiction

Lydia’s Song

By Katherine Blessan. Media: Daisy & USB D3322. This novel gives a challenging, painful insight into the horrific truths of child sex-trading in Cambodia from the perspective of an 11-year old Vietnamese girl. It concludes with a message of hope that Christ’s power can enable love and forgiveness. (Sensitive content)

Fiction (youth)

The Mirror and the Mountain

By Luke Aylen. Media: Daisy & USB D3302. Two 11-year-olds pass through a mirror and end up in a magical kingdom called Presadia. Trapped in a war-torn kingdom with no way home they are pulled into a strange quest to find the long-lost king, who alone has the power to restore peace to Presadia.

Under The Tamarind Tree

By Mary Weeks Millard. Media: Braille B3273 & Daisy & USB D3305. Joshua and Timo’s lives are about to change forever. Their fathers are doctors and the boys have to leave their old lives behind to go and live with their families in rural Rwanda. The exciting sequel to ‘I Want to Be an Airline Pilot’ & ‘Living in Hope’.

Prayer

Things To Pray For Your City

By Pete Nicholas. Media: Daisy & USB D3376. Urban churches have the world on our doorstep but if we want to see God work in our cities and through our churches, we need to pray. This book will enlarge your vision & equip you to pray passionately & powerfully for the salvation & renewal of your city.

Christian life

Evangelism

By Rebecca Manley Pippert. Media: Braille B3277. Most of us can think of at least 100 reasons not to share the gospel. Evangelism can be intimidating. But it can be a natural and exciting way of life. This guide features questions for starting group discussions & for meeting God in personal reflection.

Baptism, Belonging and Breaking Bread

By Paul Beasley-Murray. Media: Braille B3280 & Daisy & USB D3355. A study guide for preparing for baptism, written for BUGB by Paul Beasley-Murray. This book is a development and replacement of Baptism and Belonging and is more detailed in content with a new section on the Lord’s Supper.

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Other Torch resources

Magazines and Publications

We produce a number of magazines in a variety of styles and media to suit everyone:

Torch News – a quarterly news magazine with updates and articles about Torch services and activities.

International News for Praise and Prayer – regular news on Torch in Malawi and elsewhere outside the UK.

Christianity Today Digest – a monthly compilation of articles from this contemporary online magazine.

Premier Christianity and Premier Christianity Lite – the UK’s biggest selling monthly Christian magazine in accessible media.

Reflections Radio Omnibus – a monthly compilation of previous editions of Reflections radio programmes.

The Torch – Torch’s core magazine with a range of reflections and articles for all.

For more details about any of these resources, please call our Client Services Team on 01858 438260.

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Torch Services

Torch holidays

HRC Project Officer Kevin Armstrong shares all about our upcoming holidays...

At Torch HRC we are ready for our holiday season to commence. If you haven’t yet booked a place on one of our breaks, we do have a few spaces available for you to enjoy.

For those of you who feel the need for spiritual refreshment, I would recommend one of our retreats. It is an opportunity for you to relax and spend time in the presence of God. During your stay you can get to know new people, enjoy the lovely space, and savour the delicious food served by our wonderful team. If you have not experienced a retreat before, our team will guide you as you worship and seek God’s face; using sound, touch and hearing. Jesus set the example to remove ourselves from our daily lives and enter his presence. Elijah went up a mountain and sought God, finding him in the quiet whisper. If you are spiritually hungry then these retreats are for you.

If you’re looking for a more action-packed break, then our ‘No limits, no boundaries’ summer activity week 2 is for you! We have added this holiday due to popular demand, and it will be packed with fun and adrenaline-filled activities. This week is not for the faint hearted but for those of you who seek adventure!

It aims to challenge you both physically and mentally. The programme will be based both in and out of the Centre with our staff and volunteers inspiring, supporting and challenging you all the way. Potential activities may include swimming, water sports, 4x4 driving, outdoor sports, roller-skating, team games and challenges, a music night and much more! All wrapped up in times of fellowship and daily Bible devotions from one of our speakers. So jump on board and have no limits!

(Activities are dependent on external agencies and changes may occur that are out of our control).

I want to take a moment to encourage those of you who have not been on one of our holidays to think afresh about coming. Feedback from our guests is inspiring, and the difference a holiday makes to their lives is so amazing. We see guests arrive feeling apprehensive and unsure about the whole thing; we see them grow in confidence, experience new activities and make firm friendships.

“A Torch holiday may last a few days, but the memories last a lifetime.”

There are holidays for all abilities and tastes: from those of you who love a relaxing break, to those who want to feel refreshed, or for those who enjoy getting out and about. For more information about our holidays, or to request a brochure, please speak to our Client Services team.

Torch’s on request service

Is there a particular Christian book or resource you are wanting just now; maybe something your church is studying or is being talked about? Then do please ask us and, if it is possible, we will provide an accessible version for you. Torch Trust continues to develop excellent relationships with an increasing number of Christian book publishers and through these has potential access to many titles. So do please contact Client Services and we will do our very best to see if we can help.

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