Come Join Me!

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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.

 

A Call to Help the Kids

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After a day of hiking there’s a few smiles and some tired looks

Most of the time we travel I bring a bag of medicine along for the kids.  It’s not uncommon for one of them to get sick while traveling and it’s never stops at one sick kids.  A couple of times I have forgotten the medicine bag in the rush to get out the door, but there’s always a store within a couple miles that has plenty of meds for kids available.

Nazarene Hospital Foundation is collecting liquid children’s Tylenol and ibuprofen.  Their latest newsletter explains the need:

Did you know the dosage of these medicines are different than the adult doses and children can’t swallow pills.  Did you know these commonly found and used medicines in the US saves lives.  Here is how:  Malaria a very common illness in Papua New Guinea causes high fevers which can lead to seizures, brain damage and death.  However if we can provide Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen to control the fevers we can prevent these complications.  Please pick up a couple extra bottles the next time you go to the grocery store or pharmacy and send them to us or if you really want to be cost effective send a check or donate online and put in the memo line “for childrens medicine” and we will purchase in bulk and save the shipping costs.  Thanks for your help.  You are making a difference in Papua New Guinea. 

It’s amazing to think that something we take for granted here in the States can help save the life a child in Papua New Guinea.

You can read more of Nazarene Hospital Foundation’s latest newsletter here and follow their Facebook page to get updates and learn about ways that you can impact the lives of people in Papua New Guinea.

Nazarene Hospital Foundation
3282 Miller Court
Medford, OR 97504
http://www.nazarenehospitalfoundation.org
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Can you tell which two kids had a nap on the ride home?