“We are all one in mission; We all are one in call, our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all.” (CW 566) It is hard to calculate how many souls Gen Baumeister’s efforts have reached in the almost 50 years that she has sent out materials for Mission for the Visually Impaired. She has been a constant every Tuesday at the “workshop” since its inception in 1968. She assisted in the many physical moves from several locations in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, and kept the cassette department running smoothly and efficiently. Her memories are full of fun facts of the early days for MVI – like falling ceilings and mice in unusual places. We are going to miss Gen! Our Lord has blessed MVI through her solid commitment.
Like Gen, many MVI volunteers are in their late 70s or into their 80s. We are fortunate to be able to still utilize their talents at MVI; we like to think we are keeping them young. But the needs at MVI are changing and we need new volunteers to tackle these changes.
MVI’s braille department uses just two volunteers who can read the braille and can use the Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) to produce Meditations, Luther’s Small Catechism, and Sunday School lessons. This computer program can translate WORD files to braille electronically. But DBT is not perfect, as the need for proofing the braille and format are still done by reading the screen. We desperately need braille transcribers who are able to use these types of computer programs to complete the transcribing.
You do not need to know Braille to volunteer for MVI, of course. We need Christian workers filled with the desire for people who are visually impaired to enjoy Christian resources. We can find a place for your talents! If you live in the Twin Cities area, consider joining our team on Tuesday mornings. If you live too far away to work at MVI, but want to serve, get in touch with us, and we will find ways to use your “varied gifts.”
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