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How Special Needs Ministry Benefits Volunteers & Churches | Meet Mr. Nick

  In last week’s post, I shared about how Special Needs Ministries are needed to reach the 90% of special needs families who do not attend church.  Most simply can’t.  I also shared a few practical ways that extended –and spiritual– family can help. You can imagine how inclusive churches and special needs ministries bless…[READ MORE]


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Faith Through Disappointment – Part 3: GET PEOPLE

    Four-part series, “Faith Through Disappointment” continues. Of the “Four Gets,” the first is to Get REAL:  Giving ourselves permission to grieve or get angry. The second, is to Get HELP:  Be willing to lean on others.  We were not meant to carry our burdens alone. The third, is to Get PEOPLE:  God provides help…[READ MORE]


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Goldeluxe & The Three “Must Bears” of Special Needs Ministry

  A tribute to special needs ministry champions who honor our families with “Gold-deluxe” service.   I’ve been each of these three “Must Bears” at some point.   Supporting complex families like ours can be a delicate, sensitive and prickly endeavor.  Thank you for your calling, passion and dedication to serve where many others dare not…[READ MORE]


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31 Crazy Things Special Needs Ministry Leaders Never Say

    Inspired by this recent humorous post by Dale Hudson of Relevant Children’s Ministry,  here are:   31 Flavors of Crazy:  Things Said By No Special Needs Ministry Leader, Ever “Special Needs”?  Whatev.  Just throw him in.  It’ll be fine. Please, no more volunteers.  Go serve 1:1 on the parking team or something. I’ve…[READ MORE]


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Joni Camp STM’s: Hall of Fame (Continued)

  In two earlier posts, I summarized the wonders of Joni Camp, and featured a handful of the amazing STM’s.  The series continues with more STM stories from our recent June 2013 Camp. None of these STM’s were conscious of being watched.  They were focused on their Camper, immersed in just serving and loving them.  But…[READ MORE]


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Joni Camp STM’s (So Totally Mind-blowing)

  In my previous post about Joni Camp, I mentioned the unique hallmark of JAF Family Retreat:  the overwhelming love and dedication of the Short Term Missionaries (STM).  In this post, I highlight just a few of these amazing servant-leaders.     What’s an STM?   An STM is a volunteer at the weeklong Family Retreats held by…[READ MORE]


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Joni Camp: The Best Week of the Year!

    This afternoon, we roll into the Best Week Of The Year:  Family Retreat, AKA, “Joni Camp.” Camp is often described as, “heaven on earth!”  But come on…  How fun could it be to hang out with a bunch of other tired special needs families, who are probably as strung out from 24  x…[READ MORE]


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