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FIRST-PERSON: I could hear their heart
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'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 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: My church, my family & autism
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
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'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