Yesterday, we called your attention to our blog makeover and pointed out links to several leaders in the disability ministry movement doing neat things to advance inclusion of families impacted by disability in the church. Today, we’ll encourage you to check out the “Ministries We Like” links in the right sidebar of the blog, and point out several organizations with resources of note…
John and Ann Holmes started Restoration Church several years ago in a suburb of Pittsburgh as a place with a special heart for families affected by disability. Both John and Ann have completed the certificate program in disability ministry through Joni and Friends and the Christian Institute on Disability. Restoration Church is unique in the extent to which persons with disabilities and their families are represented within the church body. Ann has a personal blog, Restoration Heart.
SNAPPIN’ Ministries (Special Needs Parents’ Network) has recently launched a program to train parent mentors to come alongside families of kids with special needs. The mentor program is born of a deep commitment to help parents to go from a place of tragedy to triumph, from a point where special needs make life feel like a burden to a point where challenges are transformed into a blessing. The aim is to equip every parent of a child with special needs to be a full ambassador of Christ.
Young Life Capernaum gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities. Young Life staff and volunteers model Christ’s unconditional love and acceptance as they walk alongside these young adults — filling their lives with love and support.
Key Ministry is pleased to invite you to check out our new website. Over 180 FREE, downloadable resources are available to pastors, church staff and volunteers seeking to serve kids with disabilities and their families. Please check out keyministry.org today and share the link with anyone who can benefit!