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Special Needs: No Child Left Behind

Amy Switzer


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 phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change.

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