GOD IS WORKING!! Let me tell you how I know!!
Last night I had the honor of joining forces with a few like hearted people at my church and we had the opportunity to tell the leaders of our church about our special needs ministry. Some of them were aware that we are seeking to expand our ministry as we seek to reach those with disabilities, but others were not even aware that we existed! It was such an awesome sight to see their interest piqued as we described the students and families that take part in this ministry each week. Several people came up afterwards and just really encouraged us. They are planning to help spread the word by announcing our ministry in each Sunday school class and by supporting our efforts to do a wheel chair wash and other outreach ideas!
I can not tell you how excited I am!! Usually those with special needs are sort of under the radar. Parents are not always eager to share that they are struggling with a child with disabilities or people are just afraid to approach the subject out of fear of hurting feelings, etc. The fact, however, that more than 80% of the special needs population is unchurched can not go unnoticed. The church as a whole has traditionally done very little to reach out to this population, but that is beginning to change!! PRAISE THE LORD!!
Luke 14:12-14 says "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
I just had testify to God's goodness and His mercy! He has blessed me and my family immensely with a supportive family and home! We have friends that love us unconditionally and they love our child, who can be a little overbearing at times! We could be in much worse shape had He not put our girl with the teachers and professionals that He has. This is my opportunity to give back to His body, the church, by caring for and loving on those families who face a difficult road every single day, and He is opening the doors!!! PRAISE HIM! He is worthy of all praise! I just lift my hands in awe of His willingness to show Himself faithful on behalf of these special kids and adults!