A Place for Me


The Real Me* by Joe Bishop

------------- | For more great articles like this, subscribe to Children's Ministry Magazine. | -------------

Don’t just see my legs not running;
Don’t just see my hands not writing;
Don’t just see my mouth not talking;
These broken pieces are not me.

See instead the light in my eyes;
See instead my loving soul;
See instead my thinking mind;
These inner pieces are the real me.

*This poem appeared in the July 2001 issue of Exceptional
Parent Magazine; www.eparent.com.

My passion for investing in children like Joe began in 1992 when
I became children’s pastor at a church with an exciting ministry to
children with special needs. Supervising that amazing Royal Hearts
program of 25 children ages 2 to 15 changed my life. When their
regular teachers were absent, my husband and I gladly substituted.
The class met on Wednesday evenings to allow parents to enjoy a
support group or Bible study at Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba
Linda, California. We quickly discovered that these special
children loved doing everything a regular class did but needed a
little more help…and more hugs, laughter, puppets, music, and

sunday school

Kids LOVE these Sunday School resources!
Check 'em out and see why so many children's ministries around the world are having success with Group's products!

Two years later, the special needs ministry at our church took
on a new perspective for us. A precious little girl with Down
syndrome became a part of our family and Jessica won our hearts
instantly. We soon realized that Joe, Jessica, and children like
them don’t always find a warm welcome at church.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

About Author

Children's Ministry Magazine

Leave A Reply