I will be attending a seminar by Joni Eareckson Tada entitled “The Irresistible Church” on November 12 at Medford First Church of the Nazarene and would enjoy seeing you there too.
I first started seeing the need for disability ministry while waiting to adopt our son and heard from families that had already brought their children with disabilities home. Our son was an easy introduction to the world of disability and while there were the normal adjustments to adding another child to our family, disability did not plan a large role in our day-to-day life. Then we were surprised and incredibly blessed to have our baby girl brought to our family. With extended hospital stays, tubing feeding, therapy, doctors appointments and surgeries, disability played a much larger role in our lives. Both our families and church family came alongside us during this time and helped in so many ways. I don’t often talk about the difficulties of her first 18 months of life, I supposed because I don’t want people to think I wish we didn’t have her. That could not be further from the truth. I can not imagine life without our sweet girl, but those were very hard months to walk through. We are so grateful for the people who were willing to help during that time.
At the seminar “You will be inspired to shape and transform the heart of your church as you learn how to welcome and embrace families affected by disability.” There are many more families and individuals that need to experience the love and support of the body of Christ.