Thursday, July 30, 2015

special needs kids @ #back2school

PRAY FOR the #back2school outreach 2015: special needs students being served on Friday and all others being served on Saturday (almost 1,500 students are registered for this event).

Luke 18:16  NASB
But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

There are several part of our #back2school outreach that get me excited, but I would like to share one of the more recent and most challenging.

A couple years ago we added an extra day to our event.  It is the day before the big day, and that is when we have chosen to serve children and their families who have special needs.  It really is an incredible day with all kinds of blessings as well as challenges.

Some kids have special needs that make being in a crowd difficult.  Other students have some health problems that make getting around a struggle.  No matter the challenge we are ready and willing to meet them.  Bring on even more of these awesome students!

I am so proud of our team that has stepped up to do more than we have in the past.  It is not easy to serve some, but when we meet these kids, we see they are more than worth the effort.  Some require one on one interaction.  Others want very little interaction.  Some don’t want to go through the process.  What I believe is that ever child has great value and needs to know and hear and learn even more that God values them.

We can take the opportunity every day to help the people we come in contact with to know they are special to God.  No matter their situation or status, God loves each and offers hope.  When the church reaches people with challenges, I believe the church looks more and more like the church God intended us to be.

Some of the roadblocks are put up for the wrong reason.  Some people simply don’t serve or share with others because it is uncomfortable.  Jesus was uncomfortable often, but He was willing to do things to make a difference.

What are we willing to do so that another person can accept the fact that they are valuable to God?  Try that today.

Tomorrow is Friday.  We will serve some incredible students.  Pray for great impact!

and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them.

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