Every member of every family should find a home at Alsbury.
My daughter and son-in-law had been active in their church for years when their son, Brayden, was diagnosed with Autism. Brayden found it very difficult to interact with others. Group activities were tough. I’m pretty sure he challenged volunteers who kept him while Amanda and LaRon were in the worship service.
One Sunday Amanda asked about Brayden’s behavior. The worker responded, “Same as always,” and turned away. Amanda was crushed. At that point in their life they needed the support of their faith community, not the insinuation that their son was a burden.
Amanda told LaRon she would never take her son to that class again. She would not risk having her two-year-old sense he was not wanted.
They visited other churches and found a home where workers appreciate Brayden’s unique challenges and strengths. Brayden loves his church, as do his parents and younger brother. I love that they found a home that cares for every member of their family.
Do we let every member of every family know just how important they are to our community of faith?
Does each family know that every member, regardless of personal strength or challenge, is welcome?
We are expanding our ministry to families with children living with special needs. There are many ways to get involved. You can serve quarterly in Parents’ Night Out or as a weekly buddy, accompanying children and youth as they connect with their peers. Gene Longley, our Children’s Pastor, will help you plug in to a meaningful place of service. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do not underestimate the eternal impact your service can have on an entire family.
I hope you will pray about your own involvement.