2015 Year End Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Braille Circulating Library,

I just got off the phone with one of the patrons of the BCL. Over the years, we have become friends. He was thanking me for the materials we send him and he told me to keep them coming. I thought about the special place the BCL has in the lives of the blind folks we serve, and I am thankful for the 14 years I have had being a part of this wonderful ministry.

Inside the cover of my Bible I have a poem taped there entitled, “Building the Bridge for Him”. I keep it there as a testimony and a reminder that I am to spend my life building “bridges” and not “barriers”. The poem says, “An old man, traveling a lone highway, came at the evening cold and gray, to a chasm deep and wide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim, for the sullen stream held no fears for him, but he turned when he reached the other side, and built a bridge to span the tide. ‘Old man,’ cried a fellow pilgrim near, ‘You are wasting your strength with building here; your journey will end with the ending day, and you never again will pass this way. You have crossed the chasm deep and wide. Why build you a bridge at eventide?’ And the builder raised his old gray head: ‘Good friend, on the path I have come,’ he said, ‘There followed after me today a youth whose feet will pass this way. This stream, which has been as naught to me, to that fair-haired boy may a pitfall be; He, too, must cross in the twilight dim – Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.’”

Although there have been “chasms” that we have had to cross, and there have been some who have said that we are wasting our time, for 90 years the BCL has been faithful to be in the “bridge” building ministry. As the BCL approaches its 100 year anniversary, it is a tremendous blessing to see the much needed improvements to the BCL building, the wonderful relationships with the neighbors of the BCL, and the great friendships with the BCL patrons. All these “bridges” help the BCL to continue to serve the blind community. One major “bridge” that I am very thankful for is your financial support of the BCL. The BCL continues to operate debt free while still offering all of our materials to the blind – free of charge. As our 90th year of service draws to an end, will you consider blessing the BCL with a year-end gift that will enable us to enter into 2016 to continue building “bridges”?

“Bridges” or “barriers”, we are each building one or the other. I pray that we will continue to build “bridges” for those who will follow along the path we travel. Thank you for your continued faithful support of the Braille Circulating Library. As the BCL continues to build “bridges”, I pray that the Lord will pour out His blessings upon each of your lives, and that He will continue to protect this special ministry. Thank you once again for your generous support.

Serving Him,
Rev. Brian J. Barton, Sr., Executive Director
The Braille Circulating Library for the Blind, Inc.
2700 Stuart Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220