Some time ago, two autistic teenage twins joined our program. To
meet their needs, we created a very structured setting with visual
cues to assist the boys through Sunday school. Over time, the boys
got more involved in the class through our adapted curriculum and
structured setting. One day after a prayer lesson, the boys recited
the Lord's Prayer using magnetic words on a dry erase board. That
was quite a moment! It's difficult to express the family's joy --
and the wonderful reward our volunteers felt -- knowing the boys
were learning about God and the importance of prayer.
Another wonderful result of this ministry has been that parents
are more involved in our church community. One of our parents is on
the worship team, tech team, and attends a Sunday school class --
something that probably never would've happened if she didn't feel
comfortable leaving her son with us. That mom is using her
God-given talents and gifts.
Parents and kids aren't the only people touched by our special
needs program. I hear again and again from volunteers how this
ministry has impacted them. Many say they feel they've been
ministered to more than they minister to others. These children and
families touch us in ways that leave everlasting imprints on our
hearts. We are so blessed to know them.
Amy Switzer is the special needs coordinator at LifeBridge
Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado. Please keep in mind that
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