Ministry To The Visually Impaired

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16

The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
~ Matthew 11:5

The Ministry to the Visually Impaired (MVI) is an outreach arm of Paya Lebar Methodist Church. It seeks to help people who are visually impaired or with low vision, and their families. While we do not have answers to every question, we are here to provide a listening ear, and to assist the visually impaired wherever we can.

Losing one’s eyesight is something we do not often think about. Even if it should cross our minds, it is likely that we will dismiss it with the belief that it can’t happen to us. But it can and does happen. And when it happens, and the person is confronted with the reality of becoming visually impaired, depression can set in together with fears and anxiety about the future.

If God takes a personal interest in the visually impaired, so must the church, His family. Visually impaired people, like anyone else, stand in need of the grace and love of God.

Whether we are sighted or blind, we longed to be loved and accepted. If indeed we call ourselves a family, then we must actively welcome our visually impaired brothers and sisters and make them feel at home.

MVI’s target audience Visually impaired members of our church, visually impaired Christians from other churches and all others in the visually impaired community.
Our goal – integration Visually impaired people should live and function within the wider community of humankind – in the Christian context, to bless and be blessed, and in society, to contribute and to receive. For integration to succeed, there is a need to work towards removing architectural, attitudinal, social, cultural, educational, employment and any other barriers. There is also a need to address the special needs of visually impaired people, which are usually sight-related.MVI recognises that it is not able to do all of the above and the ministry’s scope of work will continue to focus on the following areas with you our Christian brothers and sisters as God’s eyes and hands to guide and to lead.
MVI’s Focus 1. To source for and make available Christian literature and resources in accessible formats such as Braille, audio and large print so that.
a.)visually impaired can have equal access to resources as our sighted counterparts
b.)visually impaired members can participate more fully in the life and activities of the church.2. To provide a Braille transcription service for our members and visually impaired Christians from other churches.3. To encourage our visually impaired members to join cells. Cell is a good place to start, with each Cell Group (CG) taking care of one or two visually impaired persons so that the group does not get overwhelmed. The small group setting provides greater opportunities for interaction between the sighted and the blind and for mutual encouragement.

4. The sighted may have questions on how to relate to the blind. MVI is where they can find help.

5. To be on the look-out for and recommend technologies that will aid visually impaired people in employment, education and leisure and provide support to visually impaired people using computers and assistive devices.

6. To work with other similar organisations to further advance the cause of visually impaired people by making known our needs to society and the government so as to contribute towards making Singapore barrier free for the visually impaired.

7. Outreach Programmes
Through working with the Gospel Mission to the Blind to plan and organise outreach programmes for the visually impaired.

How Can I Help?

  1. Befriend the visually impaired in our church. Remember, we cannot see you, so please take the initiative to come introduce yourself to us.
  2. MVI needs people who can spare the time to scan, key in and proof-read books for transcription into Braille.
  3. We also need volunteers to provide transport and practical help to the visually impaired.

 

Are you ready to join us?
For more information, please contact the Director of Ministry to the Visually Impaired at 6285 1234 ext 126 or email nch@plmc.org

Resources for the visually impaired
Articles from PLMC
www.gmb.com.sg
www.savh.org.sg
www.dpa.org.sg

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