Autism Awareness Month
Latest Blog Posts on Autism
It was a happy day when I mentioned to a person who works at Congressman Posey's office about my AT&T phone problem. "Oh, no," the Congressman's helpful office manager, Pam Gillespie, said. "It is a federal law that you must be able to transfer your number to your new carrier. They are breaking FCC rules." For over a month, I'd been fighting with a slew of AT&T representatives to ...
Martin Luther has been quoted (or probably misquoted) as saying, "I've read the Bible once. I don't need to read it again." The life of Luther disavows this ascertion because it was his study of the scriptures that led him to faith in Christ. His last note scribbled on a scrap of paper while he lay on his death bed was an exhortation to study the Bible with a humble heart. As a young woman ...
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 ...
Autism in the Community