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FIRST-PERSON: 2 families came
Special needs ministry, DeAnna Gibson notes, "has a different way of measuring success than any other ministry." Read More
Robinsons touched 65 lives by fostering, adoptionVAN BUREN, Mo. (BP) -- Few people have hearts as big as Ron and Terri Robinson. In 40 years of marriage, Ron followed his calling to ministry and pastored several Baptist churches with Terri at his right hand, opening their hearts to the communities they served.
Then they opened their hearts to a new calling from God as foster parents. But their life and their marriage didn't begin with that in mind.
Ron and Terri always wanted children, so they were beyond excited when Terri ... Read More
Special needs termed 'unreached people group'ALVIN, Texas (BP) -- Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press.
Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as "an unreached people group within our nation."
"People with special needs, disabilities, are often -- in churches -- some of the most underserved groups," said Peoples, pastor of Heights Baptist Church (SBC) in Alvin, Texas, and the father of 10-year-old James who has autism. Read More
Church's special needs ministry impacts NicaraguaBOWIE, Md. (BP) -- The Nicaraguan woman was surprised to see the visitors -- Americans, who were kind, bringing soft words, praying for her and her family. They also gave her a Bible, and visited her bedridden son. She watched with a smile as the boy looked up at the visitors, and they gave him a blow-up soccer ball.
It was a transforming moment.
The Americans included a mission team from Cresthill Baptist Church in Bowie, ... Read More
Pastor's special needs family buoys church ministrySARALAND, Ala. (BP) -- Robert Lutz is quick to say that the road his family has walked is one of miracles -- and not the kind you would expect.
For starters, it was a miracle that he and his wife Belinda were able to adopt their first two children back in 2005, he said.
"God had been working in our hearts toward adopting, specifically from Russia," said Lutz, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Saraland, Ala. But as they walked ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Googling autism & the church
In googling autism from a family perspective, DeAnna Gibson found that their struggles made churchgoing futile or, as she was experiencing, extremely difficult, underscoring the importance of churches connecting with special needs families. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: He's listening to a story about Jesus
Because God has "so lovingly poured out His care for this special needs mama," Laura Hurd recounts the grace and mercy she is learning to give her autistic child. "Autism will forever be full of surprises," she writes, "but so will my heavenly Father." Read More
Iceland Down syndrome abortions called 'a tragedy'REYKJAVIK, Iceland (BP) -- Southern Baptists involved with special needs ministry are lamenting a report that virtually 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in Iceland are aborted. Individuals with special needs, the ministry leaders say, are made in God's image and bring unique giftedness to churches and society.
Iceland's abortion rate for Down syndrome babies is "a tragedy," said Tracy McElhattan, a Kansas children's ministry professional who holds a Ph.D. in special education. Read More
Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowshipEDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Laughter and pleasant aromas fill Karla Boone's kitchen as she gathers with some of her favorite friends to cook delicious meals together.
Boone and her husband Steve have served in several special needs programs across Oklahoma, but she wanted to make a difference in someone's life rather than just volunteering for a few hours, which she still does and enjoys.
So Boone came up with the idea to host a cooking class for those with special needs at her home in Edmond, where she and her husband are members of Oakdale Baptist Church. Read More
Special needs people spotlighted as 'hidden,' 'forgotten'BOWIE, Md. (BP) -- When Amberle Brown was a child, she wanted to be a martyr for Jesus, or at the least, a missionary to an unreached people group. She never imagined she would one day become part of one.
"I became a nurse as a way to gain access to closed countries," Brown recounted at the second annual Special Needs Conference this past spring, sponsored by the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D). Read More