And Happy Halloween! If you have little ones (or if you're a big one getting decked out) and celebrate, I would love to know your costumes. With my present health issues, I am keeping it low-key for me this year, but Robbie is a dinosaur and Jocelyn is a butterfly. And, in very exciting news, my knee is healing well enough that I've been cleared to accompany the crew trick-or-treating!
On that note, though, here's a great article from Jo Ashline: Why holidays are different for this special needs mom.
I love what Joni & Friends does here in the US, but I am even more encouraged by their missions trips overseas, like this one in which mobility and communication were provided for a precious child named Genecis.
Yesterday was Disability Sunday for most Anglican churches in Sydney, Australia. Read about it here.
In this story from ChosenFamilies.org, Joan tells how the story of Lazarus' death gave her permission to cry.
This article from the SC Baptist Convention is a great reminder that disability ministry isn't limited to children: Ministry opportunities exist to special needs adults in South Carolina
Churches and ministries paving the way for the rest of us in special needs inclusion:
- one offering a workshop called "Viewing Mental Illness through the Eyes of Faith" led by a professor from Baylor
- one that aided in the search for a missing nine-year-old boy with autism
- one beginning a series of mental health lectures
- one with a sewing group making weighted blankets for kids with autism