On January 2nd, 2008 I woke up in a hospital room with a small view of the rising sun. I had been up earlier that night giving birth to my first child. Hudson James Horner was born a bit abruptly as I had gotten an upper respiratory infection and had been sick for several days. That morning I felt time slow down enough for me to enjoy the momentous reality that every new mother wants to remember.
I knew I had been sick and I knew it was hard to breathe; I also knew my newborn was whisked away to the NICU because he was born premature. I only got to give him a small kiss before he left.
Many of us are in the same boat. We are raising children with special needs. The problem is, they didn’t come with a manual and there are things that happen with them that we can’t explain, medicine can’t explain, and mainstream medicine can’t always cure. Our purpose at our last FamilyShare support group meeting of 2016 was to share some potential solutions and possible alternative product options.
Last week Sandra Peoples published an article on Key Ministry’s blog entitled “What Special Needs Families Wish Their Pastors Knew”. In that article, she shared five main points:
After sharing that article on LifeLine’s Facebook Group, Trish Cox wrote her own addendum to this article.
Stephanie Hubach, author of Same Lake Different Boat, is also mom to Tim. Stephanie took the month of October to share some thoughts about Down Syndrome and various ways that it has impacted Tim as well as ways Tim has effected people’s view of the abilities of someone with Down Syndrome.
Post #8: Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Meaningful Ministry
It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking about “ministry to” instead of “ministry alongside” when we look at people with noticeable disabilities, like those in our lives who have Down syndrome. This “heads south” in so many ways–for all of us. We miss out on being ministered to in profound ways that capture our attention like nothing else. We miss out on the blessing of participating in God’s rich tapestry of unique gifts in the body of Christ. And, worst of all,
mon30jan6:30 pm- 8:30 amFamilyShare TN: Language Based Learning ChallengesEducational Solutions for Writing and Language Based Learning Disabilities6:30 pm - 8:30 am 1512 McBrien Road, East RIdge, TN 37412
thu4may6:30 pm- 8:30 pmVacation Bible School Church Staff TrainingIncluding Children with Special Needs6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 2195 Burning Bush Road, Ringgold, Georgia 30736Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc.