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Highlights from my Life of Music and Ministry

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sharing My Love For Reading.



Here I am, reading to students of Grace Weekday School, Charleston, SC.

On Monday, November 16, I joined a variety of volunteer readers on this Christian campus. Students ranging in age from two to five years rotated from room to room, eager to hear another story! I chose a “Dr. Seuss” (AKA Theo. LeSeig) book entitled “Maybe You Should Fly a Jet, Maybe You Should Be a Vet.” I have a full-vision version of this book, which means that it contains Braille along with the complete, illustrated publication. The kids enjoyed telling me about the silly pictures in the book and sharing what they would like to be when they grow up. My favorite comment came from a little three-year-old who proudly announced, “I want to be a TV! I really want to be a TV!”

“On the Road to Reading” is a school-wide program with a goal of every child having at least ten stories read to him/her by November 24, 2009. With the help of parents, grandparents, teachers and us volunteer readers, the students of Grace Weekday School have well-exceeded their goal of reading a total of 1000 books in celebration of National Children’s Literacy Month!

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God has blessed me with a Music Ministry that is still ongoing and growing after twenty-plus years. This includes my outreach promoting Braille Literacy in the Christian venue, and my recently-founded Children's Chaplaincy for blind youth. To make things a bit more interesting, I have also been blind since birth. I consider my blindness to be a unique gift from God, an opportunity to serve as an ambassador among blind and sighted folks of all ages, on all walks of life. To learn more about my work, from South Carolina to Central Illinois and beyond, please visit my Web site, and be sure to stay tuned to my Blog!