Autism Awareness Month
Latest Blog Posts on Autism
For years, one of our Bible teachers at Special Gathering reviewed the same Bible verse with his class every week. ”I will pray morning, noon and night.” As the first five years rolled around, I became a bit disturbed. Doesn’t he know any other verses? I asked myself. Then I came to welcome the value of what he was teaching his class. The learning abilities of this class of adults were ...
Ethel was a Bible teacher at Special Gathering. Additionally, she wrote many books for the mentally challenged community and they were published in our monthly newsletter. Ethel and I shared a passion for writing and Special Gathering. Therefore, we became good friends through our shared ministry concerns. In addition, we both excelled at "going to lunch" and we practiced that part of our ...
The choice that changed everything Nehemiah 9:17 Central Theme: Man choices to sin and God chooses to be gracious. A ream of paper has 500 sheets--not more and not less. A foot is 12 inches--not more and not less. There are many absolutes in our lives. There are a couple of absolutes that totally changed mankind. First, since Adam’s sin, we all choose to sin; and God always cho ...
In all of our lives, we suffer the embarrassment and shame of falling from our horse. You know what I mean. Sitting high and straight on our noble steeds, we are riding along our path of life, attempting to serve the Lord and believing that we are choosing His will and way. When blam ! We are struck by a blinding light and find ourselves in the middle of a road eating dust. Few of us hear ...
Recently, I visited a neighboring Special Gathering program to practice our Christmas music. We are a ministry within the mentally challenged community. I am the director of four of our choirs. It seemed like a good idea. However, it appears that I really messed up. After the practice, I heard that I “put down” this great choir. I was shocked because I was so completely impressed with the ...
Often, those of us who minister to people who are intellectually disabled romanticize our population. It is the most wonderful group of people with which I've worked. However, like the rest of the population, there can be glaring bumps, blemishes and distractions. While her mother remained as part of her life, Windy was raised by a doting father. His greatest compliment to her was "goo ...
God chooses to Make the World for Man Genesis 1:1and 26A Central Theme: God choose to make the earth for mankind. Introduction--Bring a basket that you have made. This is a basket that I made. I did not create it because I had some material to use. I took reed and string and made it. To create something you must have nothing and make something from nothing. God created the ear ...
The Church has quoted Jeremiah for more than 2000 years. We especially love the verse 11 of chapter 29. "I say this because I know what I am planning for you," says the Lord. "I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future." What we don't often understand is that God made this promise as His children were being prepared for 70 years in Babylonian ...
Autism in the Community