Does your local congregation desire to take a next step in assisting those with special needs?

Posted by tom | Mar 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012. 11 am. Zinn Commons, Evangelical Seminary, 121 South College Street, Myerstown, PA, 17067.

"Grab a cup of coffee with..." Ralph and Carol Honderd from Friendship Ministries, and (CLC Network), both interdenominational ministries designed to share God’s love with persons having intellectual impairments and other developmental disabilities. Click here for a PDF of poster and share with members of your local congregation's pastoral ministry. I'll introduce the gathering by sharing the story of several families, including our own. 

The Honderds retired early from their teaching professions in order to devote more time to spreading the messages of CLC Network and Friendship Ministries and the overall goal of making churches complete and blessed by including and welcoming all God’s people into church families.They emphasize the need for churches to surround and support families dealing with a child or adult with intellectual impairments, disabilities and/or autism. CLC Network has developed a course and course information that can be used by seminaries. CLC is also in the process of putting their seminary presentations on DVD to be used either in classes on site or online. 

Note: Ralph and Carol are graduates of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Ralph received both his MA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Ralph was a professor and coach at Calvin College for 38 years and Carol taught in alternative high school programs for more than 25 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. Their middle child, Karyn, has severe developmental disabilities and presently lives in a local Christian group home.

For more event information call Evangelical at 1-800-532-5775.  

Related article which recently caught my attention: No Barriers Between Us: Enabling people of all (dis)abilities to take part in the community of faith by Nancy J. Patrick (InPart. Winter 2011). Nancy J. Patrick is an associate professor of special education and the director of the graduate program in education at Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.). She’s authored several books on autism spectrum disorders, the most recent entitled Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome (2008). She and her husband serve as core team members at a church plant, Living Legacy Church, in Hershey, Pa. I have a stack of the periodical with me on April 3 :)

In partnership with the church, Evangelical Seminary develops servant leaders for transformational ministry in a broken and complex world by nurturing rigorous minds, passionate hearts, and Christ-centered actions.

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