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  • FIRST-PERSON: I could hear their heart

    by Laura Hurd, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Laura Hurd was heartened by the openness of a church's volunteers to involve her autistic son in their community basketball program. Read More

  • Special needs termed 'unreached people group'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sandra Peoples
    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

  • Pastor's special needs family buoys church ministry

    by Grace Thornton/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, September 10, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Shiloh Baptist Church
    SARALAND, 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

    by DeAnna Gibson, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (10 months ago)

    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: My church, my family & autism

    by Laura Hurd, posted Monday, April 02, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Laura Hurd, the mother of an autistic child, recounts: "Since the beginning of our journey, we have had complete support and understanding from our church and it has made all the difference in our lives." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: He's listening to a story about Jesus

    by Laura Hurd, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (one year ago)

    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

  • Autism becomes 'one of God's greatest gifts'

    by Robert Chapman, posted Friday, January 29, 2016 (3 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Six months after his parents moved from California to Uruguay with the International Mission Board in 1990, Steven Kunkel stopped speaking.

    His parents first thought their 1-year-old had culture shock, but they knew something else was wrong when he did not speak for nearly three years. Read More