Just what is the Circle of Love Ministry to the blind?
The 'Circle of Love' ministry began in August of 1979 with a man named Elmer McClain.
Elmer McClain had a burden to reach the blind for Christ. He lost his vision early in life in a dynamite explosion. This event led to Elmer giving his heart and life to the Lord. He pastored a church in W. Pennsylvania for a time, but then felt God's call to Haiti. Bro. McClain was a missionary in Haiti for many years! During Bro. McClain's time in Haiti he helped to establish a school to train national pastors. Unfortunately due to health concerns Bro. McClain had to return to the states in the mid 70's.
He had a desire to reach the blind for Christ through a Bible believing ministry.
The Circle of Love Tape Ministry began in August, 1979 with just eight readers.
In 1984 Bro. McClain contacted me concerning assuming the Circle of Love tape ministry.
He was having heart problems and because of his age, he could not keep up with the
demands of the ministry. After much prayer on my part, I felt that the Lord would
have me to take over the reigns of this ministry. In 1995 God called Bro. Elmer McClain home! Now he has perfect vision!
Today we have several hundred readers across America and throughout the world. Each
month tapes are sent to such countries as:
United Arab Emirates
Thanks to free mailing privileges for the blind in most countries of the world there
is very little postage cost. Tapes have been faithfully sent out each month since
the first issue in August 1979. Today, God has allowed us to reach most of the 50 states as well as many foreign
countries for which we praise the Lord!
The ministry derived its name "Circle of Love" because the tapes go out and then
are returned. Many times subscribers will ask a Bible question or have some other
need or require information. Thus this arrangement works quite well!
Each month the Circle of Love tape includes conservative Gospel music, Bible games,
a Bible memorization section, recognition of birthdays, a prayer request section,
Christian news articles and a message from God's Word. Readers are given the opportunity
to contribute selections such as musical specials, Christian poetry or personal testimonies
to be considered for use on the tape.
One way you can help our ministry is to pray for us. We are trying to reach a group
of people who many times are forgotten. We want them to know that God loves them
and that they are important to God and that although blind, God can use them for
His glory. We have blind folks who are serving in various capacities in their local
churches doing such things as:
Playing an instrument for the church services
Teaching Sunday school
Singing specials in the church services
Writing letters of greeting to first-time visitors to the church
Greeting the church folk when they arrive
Working in the nursery
Calling absentee members and inviting them back to the church
Organizing prayer chains
Going on soul-winning/visitation
Currently, we have two pastors on the Circle of Love
Just because one has lost their vision is no excuse for not getting saved or serving our loving God! One member of our Circle of Love family was up in years and her health prevented her from going out on church visitation. She loved to bake cookies so she would bake and then put 3 or 4 cookies on a paper plate, include a Gospel tract and cover the cookies with saran wrap. These cookies would then be given out on visitation night! Perhaps you know of a blind or visually handicapped person who might benefit from our ministry. If so, please complete our contact form and we will contact them.
Because cassettes are part of 'old technology' we are looking to move to a digital format by January 2017. We would appreciate your prayers in this regard since this involves new methods of recording and distributing our monthly magazine.
In Luke chapter 14 Jesus spoke of a great supper. Servants went forth with an invitation to come. Several were bidden to come, but all made excuses why they could not come. The admonition in verse 21B and verse 23 apply to us today
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.