Blind preacher COPES with SUDDEN loss of sight


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JACKSON FAMILY: (L-R) m left: Bruce Jackson, Jr., Nicole Jackson and Rev. Bruce Jackson, Sr.
Photo by Shonna Riggs
JACKSON FAMILY: (L-R) m left: Bruce Jackson, Jr., Nicole Jackson and Rev. Bruce Jackson, Sr.
After losing his eyesight due to exposure to industrial chemicals, in 2006, Rev. Bruce Jackson, 38, associate minister of Mending Broken Hearts Ministry in Luling, is determined not to let the life altering experience slow him down.

Jackson continues to do volunteer work in St. Charles Parish, is a father and role model for his son, Bruce Jackson, Jr. and prays for sick and hurting people to be healed as part of his ministry.

“I miss the simple things I used to be able to do, tossing a football outside in the yard with my son, looking at the sunrise every morning, and just being able to get around by myself,” Jackson said.

“My wife has become my second pair of eyes,” he continued.

Jackson said he doesn’t allow his loss of sight to slow him down, but instead uses the circumstances to serve as an example for others not to let life’s obstacles block your path.

“Be thankful for your health and strength, how many people would trade places with me?” he asked.

“I’ve been healthy all my life, then suddenly I lose my eyesight,” he continued.

“People should be glad if they still have their health and strength because your life can change at anytime.”

Jackson said he had to be trained how to navigate his way around without relying on his sight, instead he depends on sound and gut instinct to move through his daily activities.

“When I am at home and my son wants to watch a movie with me, I just relax and enjoy the sounds,” he said.

“Moving around in my house is okay, because I can rely on my memory of where things are and I do pretty good by myself.”

Jackson said it’s more challenging to go out in public.

“Walking or shopping in the grocery store, I have to hold my wife’s right elbow with my left hand, then use my right hand to hold my cane as a guide to get around,” he continued.

“Whenever she wants to turn the corner or stop walking, she gives me a signal using her right elbow,” he said.

Jackson’s wife Nicole is expecting a child in November and hopes her husband regains his sight in time to see the new baby.

“We know the doctors have told us that he won’t see again, but we’ve been praying and asking God for a miracle that he will regain his sight in time to see the new baby,” she said.

After losing his eyesight due to exposure to industrial chemicals, in 2006, Rev. Bruce Jackson, 38, associate minister of Mending Broken Hearts Ministry in Luling, is determined not to let the life altering experience slow him down.

Jackson continues to do volunteer work in St. Charles Parish, is a father and role model for his son, Bruce Jackson, Jr. and prays for sick and hurting people to be healed as part of his ministry.

“I miss the simple things I used to be able to do, tossing a football outside in the yard with my son, looking at the sunrise every morning, and just being able to get around by myself,” Jackson said.

“My wife has become my second pair of eyes,” he continued.

Jackson said he doesn’t allow his loss of sight to slow him down, but instead uses the circumstances to serve as an example for others not to let life’s obstacles block your path.

“Be thankful for your health and strength, how many people would trade places with me?” he asked.

“I’ve been healthy all my life, then suddenly I lose my eyesight,” he continued.

“People should be glad if they still have their health and strength because your life can change at anytime.”

Jackson said he had to be trained how to navigate his way around without relying on his sight, instead he depends on sound and gut instinct to move through his daily activities.

“When I am at home and my son wants to watch a movie with me, I just relax and enjoy the sounds,” he said.

“Moving around in my house is okay, because I can rely on my memory of where things are and I do pretty good by myself.”

Jackson said it’s more challenging to go out in public.

“Walking or shopping in the grocery store, I have to hold my wife’s right elbow with my left hand, then use my right hand to hold my cane as a guide to get around,” he continued.

“Whenever she wants to turn the corner or stop walking, she gives me a signal using her right elbow,” he said.

Jackson’s wife Nicole is expecting a child in November and hopes her husband regains his sight in time to see the new baby.

“We know the doctors have told us that he won’t see again, but we’ve been praying and asking God for a miracle that he will regain his sight in time to see the new baby,” she said.




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