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Michigan Conference ACS and Christian Record Services, Inc. Partner for Winter Blind Camp

Katy and Jordy, two winter blind camp participants, share a laugh at Challenge Mountain while waiting for their turn on the sit ski. (Photo Credit: Jeri Lyn Rogge.)

Nineteen blind camp participants from locations around the United States arrived at winter blind camp at Camp Au Sable on Sunday, February 5. A highlight of the camp was two excursions to nearby Challenge Mountain, a facility specially designed to offer adaptive recreational activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. Additionally, campers were able to forge new friendships and rekindle old connections through social opportunities and shared experiences such as salt dough crafting, swimming, and group worships.

This five-day winter camp was made possible through a cooperative arrangement between National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC), a program of Christian Record Services, Inc., and Michigan Conference's Adventist Community Services (ACS). ACS volunteers served at the camp in several capacities, including counselors, medical and kitchen staff, and pastors.

"The Michigan Conference is grateful to Larry and Merna Hubbel, ACS volunteers and camp directors, for their hard work and dedication to the winter blind camp program and the campers this program serves," said Diana Bruch, Michigan Conference ACS director and winter camp coordinator. "ACS enjoyed partnering with Christian Record to provide fun and safe camp experiences for these individuals who are blind," she said.

"Christian Record Services, Inc. and National Camps for Blind Children extend its gratitude to Michigan Conference for this winter camp partnership," said Diane Thurber, Christian Record president. "Through cooperative endeavors such as this, Christian Record and NCBC can minister to people who are blind," she said.

Gear Up For Winter Camp!

Christian Record Services, Inc. is excited to announce that winter blind camp will be at Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan, February 5-10, 2017. This camp is for people, ages 9-65, who are blind or legally blind, defined as 20/200 vision with corrective lenses. 

To learn more and to register, contact Diana Bruch at 517-316-1500, or email Space is limited. 

EYE RUN Promotes Overall Health at Annual Event

2016 EYE RUN Start

EYE RUN participants begin their run/walk by the sound of a bell. Matt Froemming takes an early lead in this fun run event. (Photo credit: Altitude Motion Media.)

Christian Record Services, Inc. hosted the fourth-annual EYE RUN on Sunday, October 2 at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Each year, the EYE RUN offers opportunities for children, adults, and families to walk or run, discover healthy lifestyle choices, and learn about supportive services for individuals who are blind.

With a goal to reconnect with the Lincoln community to share a message of eye health awareness, the EYE RUN started as 5K4Vision EYE RUN in 2013 with 58 walk/run participants.  The event has shown steady growth each year, with individuals walking or running the EYE RUN in Lincoln as well as locations globally as virtual participants. EYE RUN events included a one-mile walk/run, 5K walk/run, and 10K run.

The total 2016 EYE RUN walker/runner count from all locations was 215. Among this number were participants from nine U.S. states as well as 22 members of the Gothenburg (Nebraska) Seventh-day Adventist Church, which hosted its own satellite EYE RUN.

Any participant who is blind, along with his or her sighted guide, was given complimentary registration, courtesy of event sponsors.

In addition to the walk/run at the Lincoln event, participants were encouraged to visit booths at the Healthy Lifestyle Choices Expo near the start/finish line. Local businesses and agencies that offer services to people who are blind were on hand at these informational booths with tips, activities, health screenings, and giveaways.

The official bell ring honoree for the EYE RUN start was Topher Thompson, a member of the Christian Record Board of Directors and 2016 Wisconsin IRONMAN® finisher. “Having a vision for the future is what drives goals and guides the actions to make reaching those goals possible,” said Topher. “As I was honing those abilities to compete in an IRONMAN®, I also saw those attributes being expressed through the Christian Record team. It was an honor to serve as this year’s EYE RUN event start bell ringer,” he said.

The EYE RUN relies on and is grateful for support from local and national sponsors. This year, 23 businesses and organizations partnered with the event to offer funding, gift-in-kind services, or onsite event support:

  • A & G Concrete
  • Abundant Life Family Chiropractic
  • Adventist Health Ministries—General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Adventist Health Ministries—North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
  • AdventSource
  • Altitude Motion Media
  • American Council of the Blind, Lincoln Chapter
  • Coldwell Banker Commercial: Thompson Realty Group
  • Creative Ink
  • The Eatery
  • EyeCare Specialties
  • Fletcher Chiropractic
  • Green Chiropractic
  • Herricks Vending
  • Krueger Development
  • Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
  • Long-Shots Video Creations
  • Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Midlands Printing & Business Forms, Inc.
  • National Federation of the Blind, Lincoln Chapter
  • Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps
  • Union College

Proceeds from this annual event help fund Christian Record’s programs and services for people who are blind.

“Thanks to the participants and sponsors who partnered with us for this annual event,” stated Diane Thurber, Christian Record president. “We were pleased with the response and appreciative of the strong commitment to promoting awareness and a healthy lifestyle.”

Learn more about Christian Record Services, Inc.

Christian Record Services, Inc. is a ministry of compassion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America to people who are blind. Christian Record offers braille, audio, and large print reading materials, including Bibles and Bible study guides, magazines, and a lending library.

Additionally, National Camps for Blind Children, a Christian Record program, sponsors summer and winter camps in locations around North America. All services and programs are offered free of charge to individuals who are blind or incapable of holding reading material. Generous financial sponsor support enables Christian Record to provide these services and programs.

Christian Record Services, Inc. Welcomes Development Director

Christian Record Services, Inc.  (dba Christian Record Services for the Blind) is pleased to welcome Andrea Ahrens as the organization's development director.  A Lincoln native, Andrea received an MBA from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.  Upon moving back to Lincoln in 2010, Andrea was major gifts development director at Union College.  Andrea is married to Mike Ahrens and is the mother of three children.  

When asked why Christian Record is special to her, family memories were among her top reasons.  "My mother has told me stories about the different kids she helped at winter camp.  We actually have old 8-millimeter movies from the '80s of my mom skiing backward, leading a blind skier," she said.

"Christian Record is a wonderful organization that has successfully helped thousands of people who are blind and their families," said Andrea. "Through programs that build self-esteem and resources that allow these individuals to read Bibles and other Chrisitan literature, Christian Record offers a full life continuum of compassion.  I'm excited to be a part of this essential organization," she added.

"Andrea brings valuable skills and experience to increase donor engagement and help advance the organization's goals," said Diane Thurber, president of Christian Record Services, Inc.  "Her enthusiasm for the organization's mission to reach people who are blind is welcomed," she said.