Here are testimonies from our Friday April 5 contest regarding seeing God’s good design in children (and adults) with disabilities. May God be pleased to multiply these kinds of testimonies in our churches for His glory and our joy!
Ben – I have seen the incredible work of a man in our church who is much slower mentally, but his heart is so in line with loving Jesus. His acts of kinds, his involvement in helping the kids at VBS, his willingness to volunteer in so many areas, his eagerness to make it to Wednesday night Bible study, etc.; he is a huge inspiration to others.
Kimberly – There’s a young man in our church family who, because of prenatal complications, has some learning disabilities and speech difficulties. His heart for God, though, seems so much purer than many others. He has a love for Christ that was shown in his participating in two international missions trips. His passion for worship is demonstrated in his singing in our choir. He has a pure devotion to God, a raw and humble vulnerability, and a soft heart ready and willing to get any wrongs right. His witness is impactful to all with whom he interacts.
Alice – We are a very small church. Since two separate young people with autism began attending a short while ago, I have often wondered how we would be able to meet their needs. But time and again, I have been struck with the intense privilege we have to love on these two through our acceptance of their own unique wirings. I have been impressed with everyone’s willingness to accept them into our family and the families have been blessed by our desire to support their children.
Kendra – Since embarking on our own journey with an autistic child, we have been struck with two prevalent realities. In every waiting room we see families struggling in sadness and despair of the challenges they face, without hope of a God who is there, who exists, who has purpose in His design. Secondly, we encounter persistent, unrelenting narcissism within ‘support groups’ that encourage the right to mourn for a child parents thought they ought to have, of a life they think they deserved to have, of goodness indebted to them as they imagined. Proverbs 11:25 – “A generous man will prosper. He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” We need church ministry to exhort and encourage the call to serve others in our similar situations, to entrust ourselves to our Creator, and to joyfully find peace in remembering how He knows our daily needs.
Thank you so much Ben, Kimberly, Alice, and Kendra for sharing these inspiring thoughts. It is our joy to send you each a copy of Krista Horning’s book, Just the Way I am: God’s Good Design in Disability.