Welcome to New Vision Ministries for the Blind and Challenged (NVMBC)!
We invite you to browse the contents of our website. We hope our devotions will inspire and entertain you.
Along with New Vision Ministries, we also have our own business called New Vision Entertainment. Currently, NVM reaches out to the local hospital, along with nursing homes and care centers in Maricopa County, AZ. We also reach out to people around the US through a Bible study and prayer meeting, which you are encouraged to join via conference line.
If it is God’s will, we will gladly branch out further. We have faith that God will guide us into the service opportunities He has planned for us to find. By performing our ministry and entertaining others, we work together to serve the needs of people who have been shunned by society.
If God calls you to do so, we encourage you to pray for persecuted Christians and for those in need throughout the world. We may be only two people, but our goal is to make a positive difference in the world, for the glory of God.
About Our Ministry
Inter-Dependence Leading to Independence
New Vision Ministries is designed to help those who may have been marginalized by society to realize what they can do in Christ.
NVM is an inter-denominational organization that encourages people to find their identity in Christ, rather than in the challenges which they face. Aside from our Bible study by conference call, we are working together with both groups and individuals to accomplish this goal. The Bible clearly states that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Therefore, we try to help people look at what we can achieve through Him, instead of dwelling on what we can’t do alone.
We have designed NVM with 3 goals in mind:
We try not to look at what society says people can or cannot do. Rather, we try to accept everyone just as they are, telling them how they can have a relationship with the conquering Christ.
Jesus told us to serve, so we help those who already know Him to get involved in nursing homes or other forms of ministry of their choice.
Our goal is to encourage those who already are involved to not only continue their work but to share their ideas with others.
We employ 2 steps to bring this about.
1. Communication— This is essential in any community of people if we are to reach out to others. All of us need to work together when it comes to sharing ideas that have worked for us, so our goal would be to develop a network to this end.
2. Motivation— This factor is all-important when facing challenges of any kind, and all of us who are doing some kind of ministry need to encourage others who have given up for any reason. Also, NVM would like to reach out to those with new challenges, helping them to overcome barriers through Christ.
We believe that everyone is created in the image of God. Therefore, we will work together with others on advocacy issues, believing that everyone deserves dignity and self-respect.
About Timothy and Stephanie
Hello, our names are Timothy and Stephanie Burdick, and we would love to share our stories with you. Having said that, here is some info about my wife!
Stephanie enjoys playing the piano. She began playing when she was about three years old. One evening she just sat down and started playing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, and her parents were astonished. They started her on piano lessons when she was 5 years old, and she’s been playing and refining her talent ever since then.
Stephanie has learned to play by ear, and she has perfect pitch. She got her BA in music from Arizona State University. She was in a rhythm-and-blues band called Pure Factor for a few months in 2013. She now plays for weddings and other church events. As you can see, she loves versatility, and as her husband, I like to brag about her just a bit!
Now I’ll tell you a bit about myself. My name is Chaplain Timothy, and I got my master’s degree in Christian education from Talbot Seminary. I minister in a local hospital.
I first met Stephanie when I came to speak at a Lions Club meeting in Mesa, AZ. A mutual friend played the part of matchmaker for us, making sure we sat together in future meetings I attended. We got married about a year and a half later. We go through all the usual ups and downs of married life, but we’re still very much in love, and we plan to keep it that way!
While neither of us can see, we try to view this as a challenge, and surmount obstacles in our path with God’s help.
Both of us enjoy ministering together in nursing homes. I sing while Stephanie plays, and we tell stories and jokes together. We play gospel songs and favorites from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Together we also perform other services including weddings and funerals, and Stephanie plays while I officiate.
Whether we are asked to do straight entertainment or a church service, we count it all as ministry. We try our best to reach out to others who may be hurting or discouraged, and tell them about God’s love.
I hope that we can play or speak for you someday soon. In the meantime, we hope you’ll always remember that God loves you very much, and that you’ll always keep a song in your heart!
Speaking of songs, check out our latest YouTube video to see a small taste of our song and dance!
Instead of a scripture, I'll be quoting Luke 18:9-14 in this devotion. Susan Montgomery Williams was the queen when it came to blowing the world's largest bubble-gum bubble. It was 23 inches (or 58 centimeters) in diameter. When she popped her bubbles, she wore a shower cap so the gum wouldn't get stuck in her hair. At least she came prepared. Susan didn't accomplish this record-breaking feat on her own. As it turns out, Williams had a lesser-known assistant who chewed part of the gum for her. They had a little help from their microwave, which they used to warm the gum up first. When Williams and her assistant still had trouble fitting all the gum into their mouths, they blew it up with a bicycle pump. While Susan's story doesn't stop there, it speaks to me about many of the empty pursuits with which we fill our lives. It is said that most people lead lives of quiet desperation. Perhaps Susan's emptiness is epitomized by her final quote: "My gum and I stick together." But a loving God is more concerned with our character than our comfort. Gum may be sticky, but the Bible describes God as a friend who sticks closer than a brother, so I want to shift [...]