Ministry to People who are Blind or have Visual Impairments

The Assemblies of God National Center for the Blind closed its offices in Springfield, Missouri on February 1, 2019. It will be relocated to Waupaca, Wisconsin, under the auspices of Special Touch Ministry.

“For decades, Special Touch Ministry has served people with disabilities and successfully raised awareness of that need throughout the nation,” says Malcolm Burleigh, Executive Director for the Assemblies of God US Missions. “We believe transferring the Center for the Blind will enhance the ministry to a larger community that otherwise receives minimal exposure.”

Equipment and supplies are currently being moved to Wisconsin. Special Touch Ministry Leadership is in the process of determining what technologies are best suited to carry on the ministry, finding workers who can visually read braille to operate the equipment, and hiring a full-time director, who will be based in Waupaca.

“We don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” explains Charlie Chivers, Special Touch Ministry President and Founder. “Those with knowledge who are capable and willing to serve will be invited to continue if it can be done long distance. We hope to put a strong emphasis on evangelism to the blind community.” Charlie envisions teaching opportunities at various state schools for the blind, where students aged 5-18 are educated around the nation.

A relaunch date for the Center for the Blind is still to be determined. Special Touch Ministry will provide more information as it becomes available.

Special Touch Ministry appreciates your input in redeveloping this program. Please email your suggestions or requests for materials and resources to: