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Christian Record Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Sydney Leffler to Undertreasurer, effective January 1, 2023.

In 1937, Christian Record manager, D.D. Rees, visited the school for the blind in Nebraska City to take moving pictures of the pupils attending there.  He wanted to send the films all over the world.  One particular story that he and E.L. Cardey focused on was that of Helen Siefert and Margaret Hoshor.

As 2022 came to a close, so did the tenure of one of Christian Record Services’ dedicated board members, William (Bill) Wood.  A board member since 2002, Wood was part of a number of pivotal moments in the history of the ministry. 

Larry Pitcher, former president of Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRS), passed to his rest on the morning of Saturday, January 7, 2023, after several illnesses in 2022 and complications from heart disease. He was 76. Pitcher served as CRS president from January 1, 1995, until his retirement on September 30, 2015.

On this date in 1961, a new $450,000 building project was announced in the Lincoln Journal Star as plans were laid to move the Christian Record headquarters to a new location.

Thanks to National Camps for Blind Children, the heart of a 15-year-old boy who was blind was changed forever. And so were each of the people who met him during his life. 

Emerging technology has been a part of Christian Record Services since its start in 1899, from a braille press to producing recordings on vinyl records to cassette tapes, digital cartridges, and mp3 files. With smartphones so prevalent, and an essential tool for many people who are blind, it’s only natural the organization would develop an app as a new way to share uplifting content.

Marye McKenney has been making calendars for Christian Record Services for over 30 years. Here's an article that was printed about her on this date (October 19) in 1996 in the Lincoln Journal Star.

On September 30, 1963 a pre-school for students who were blind and visually impaired was started in the new Christian Record Braille Foundation building. Read more about it in this article from the Lincoln Star.

Johanna Wilson, one of the founders of Christian Record Services, was instrumental in its early success. Read a little more about her here.

The PhoneFaith Revival is this week! The revival is a short series of meetings to strengthen your spiritual journey.

Read an article from 1934 about Austin O. Wilson, one of the founders of Christian Record Services.

On August 19, 1936, the cornerstone was laid for the new Christian Record building on 48th and Bancroft in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This historic two-story building was built with red bricks and limestone and housed Christian Record Services until 1963.  It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since December 1, 1986.

Congratulations to the five recipients of the Anne Lowe Scholarship!

“I would never want to run a camp for the blind without the counseling assistance she provided.  I wish she could be at camp all summer.” 

Josefina has been attending Camp Lawroweld for seven years, through National Camps for Blind Children. She has found many friends at camp and looks forward to seeing them each summer.

I first heard Brandon’s story after he applied for the 2021-22 Anne Lowe Scholarship, provided by endowment funds and friends who help provide programs and services through Christian Record Services for the Blind. Every word of his application essay rang with courage, and I know he will inspire you, too.

Am I too old? When Joanne Greco contemplated adopting a child who was blind from China, this was the nagging thought that was stuck in the back of her head.

At the end of the week, Cathy was all smiles and said it had been the shortest and best week of her life. She attended every year after that until she graduated from high school.

The Christian Record Services staff is excited to get a new machine delivered and installed this week. 

"There's something about sharing experiences with people who are blind, too. We 'get' each other."

Have you ever wondered how a braille Bible is produced? Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes into the production of a NET Bible.

It has been part of Christian Record Services’ strategic plan to expand the reach of Light magazine to include audio and braille readers. The debut of the audio and braille versions will happen later this year. 

Christian Record Services, Inc. has launched a redesign of its website, www.christianrecord.org.

Adventure, activities, nature, community, and all-around great times are on the horizon this summer!


Kristine Lemons, Communication Director

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