Christian Record Gets New Press
Printing efficiency improves for large-print magazines
BY DORIS BURDICK, staff writer, Christian Record Services for the Blind, reporting from Lincoln, Nebraska
HRISTMAS 2009 came several weeks early at Christian Record Services for the Blind, a ministry of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists based in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Answering prayers and filling a crucial need, a two-color offset press arrived on October 28, thanks to an anonymous group of generous donors who purchased it and presented it to Christian Record as a gift-in-kind. Although not brand-new, the German-built 1980 Miller TP-32 two-color perfector press has low usage and was well-maintained at its previous location in Great Bend, Kansas, where it was viewed and tested.
“Because it can print two colors
at the same time, two sides in one pass, it can print what has been taking a week in just one day,” said Russ Thomas, Christian Record’s
NEW TYPE: Christian Record Services pressman Christopher Phares, left, and Duane Fredregill, assistant production manager, examine a press sheet that has just rolled off the Miller TP-32 two-color perfector press. The gift-in-kind was made possible by the generosity of many.
For more than two decades a Sakurai two-color offset press was at the heart of Christian Record’s
production department. Before wearing out beyond use, it produced millions of pages for books, magazines, brochures, and documents. Repairs would have cost at least four times what it was worth, according to Thomas.
Because Christian Record Services expends as much of its budget as possible directly on programs and services for blind individuals, it had not built up reserves to meet an emergency of this magnitude, the organization said.
That’s when someone stepped up to the plate and personally spearheaded a fund-raising drive, contacting a number of friends and relatives and other generous people. With the cooperation of an area church as a collection point, the $20,000 to purchase the press and the $17,000 to ship and reinstall it came
in from scores of donors.
For small print jobs a Konica Minolta bizhub color printer helped fill the gap after the old press quit. And so did an ancient, slow, one-color Miehle press (when operational) that served as backup. A page with full color on both sides had to pass through the Miehle press eight times, however.
The Miller TP-32 can be expected to give Christian Record seven to 10 years of dependable service, with hopes of purchasing a newer press in the future as funding becomes available.
Many of the printed materials
produced by Christian Record are in extra-large print for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of sight-impaired readers. Public education, program services, and fund-raising materials are also printed to meet those needs.
Christian Record Services for the Blind has been providing free Christian publications for adults and youth with visual impairments since 1899, when
a blind young man convinced a group
of Christians to help him publish a monthly journal for those who could not read printed pages. The Christian Record was born, a name that has now endured for 110 years, even as services and programs have expanded and shifted. Each year approximately 100,000 blind people’s lives are changed by services provided to them without cost or discrimination. All who are blind, legally blind (20/200 with corrective lenses), or
have physical impairments that prevent them from holding reading material are eligible, the organization said.