The prayers of our people…#KMIF14

shutterstock_5067274We need your help!

Our upcoming Inclusion Fusion Disability Ministry Web Summit was designed as a vehicle to bring together pastors, ministry leaders, volunteers and families around the cause of including kids and adults with disabilities and their families into the life of the local church.

Our team included an optional space for prayer requests on the registration form for Inclusion Fusion. We got lots of prayer requests! And we need lots of faithful people praying for the requests we receive!

Below are some of the prayer requests we’ve received through the registration process as of the morning of November 6th. Where appropriate, we sought to edit any information that might violate the privacy of our attendees. We’ll update this listing as we’re able through the Web Summit. If you have a prayer request, please add it to the “Comments” below. Our staff and volunteers will attempt to pray for every request.

Inclusion Fusion 2014 registrationWe’d love to have you and/or any of your friends join us on Wednesday, November 12th and Thursday, November 13th for our Inclusion Fusion Disability Ministry Web Summit. Inclusion Fusion is offered FREE OF CHARGE, but registration is required. Register here, or scan the QR code at right with your smartphone or tablet to register.

Can you find a few minutes to pray for some of these requests during the coming week?

I really want to start a disability ministry in my church and need prayer to be able to do that.  

My prayer is for our new Special Needs ministry to begin where God wants it and to grow as He needs it.

We are more focused than we have been in providing for people with disabilities and making a way for them to serve in ministry. We need wisdom.

Son, XXXXXXXXX. 14 with Autism (HFA); Type 1 Diabetes and other autoimmune disorders including Alopecia (he’s lost all his hair). He is somewhat angry with God that he has all these things to deal with. He needs Christians to reach out and welcome and love him…but we’ve not seen too much of that. :*(

That my daughter, XXXXX will always have somebody to take care of her as her own daughter when I will no longer be able to take care of her or when the Lord will take me. (I am 69 yrs. old and XXXXX is 31 yrs. old)

shutterstock_154760609_2Pray as we seek the Lord about starting a ministry for special needs children.

Help me in starting a disability ministry at our church for the ability to know what do to that is the best for the kids with disabilities that will be able to learn what they can and in the way they can.

For God’s leading and wisdom in opening the doors and drawing others that are hurting or affected by disability into church and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them. To know how, myself, to be able to attend church and serve regularly when medically it is so difficult to be in most public places. Thank you so much!!!

Please pray for our area’s Joni and Friends Family Retreats so that more individuals will sense the call to become STM’s

shutterstock_163397243_2My newborn was diagnosed as having Down syndrome. I want her to live the fullest life ever. Thanks for your prayers and service!

My husband and I have 2 special needs children with multiple disabilities. Please pray that we can use our story to reach out and support others, that He will bless our efforts to start an awesome new ministry. He is giving us a big vision and I pray as we begin to step out in faith that He will bring us resources to bring this vision to life.

Please pray that church ministry leaders and parents grow in their understanding of how much Jesus loves children and wants all the children (special needs kids included) to know Him and love Him as well.

For those who have stopped attending church because of wounding caused by their disability.

For Self: mental health balance, due to my daughter’s condition my stress base line norm is high and any small stress triggers strong negative behavior to the rest of the family…. for XXX my Daughter: For the intestinal adaptation treatment to work and function to full capacity. She had 90% of her small intestines removed, was born a micro preemie and spent 9 months in the hospital.

We have two days of training that we pray will bring much encouragement and fruit to many families and churches: January 31st – “A Day of Hope” with Sondra Williams, our keynote speaker sharing from her perspective as having autism.

April 11th – Building God’s Kingdom through Disability Ministries training at Murrysville C&MA Church in Murrysville, PA with Keynote Emily Colson and many churches sharing.

shutterstock_162382229That those without a voice find their voice.

To help my church fully participate in an inclusion ministry.

We are starting a ministry and need prayer as we take this step in ministering to families.  

We are a new church plant in east side of Houston Texas. We are a service-geared church not program driven. Please pray we stay focused on God’s mission. Pray for growth. Pray we are able to meet the needs of all.

Prayers for healing and family relations. God purpose for my life. Wisdom and guidance in all areas. Financial, spiritual, organizational, transportation.

That our ministry would continue to move forward – we need wisdom and creativity!

Pray that more churches will embrace a special needs ministry.

Health, wisdom, peace.

Pray that our church can reach more families through our special needs ministry. Pray for volunteers for our special needs ministry. Pray for unity among the leaders in our special needs ministry.  

Dealing with isolation for weeks.

Finding local support with Christians during the week because my husband still works.

Chronic pain support.

How to ask for help without sounding like a Debby Downer.

Trying to do the impossible task of exercise.

Easy fix nutritive foods

Praying for God to guide me to start a disabilities ministry at our church! That I am following God’s will.

I am seeking a safe home for our family. The current home is nice but is not one level and it creates safety issues for Henry.  

Stumbo Sensory Room 2We have been given some designated money for a special needs ministry/inclusion ministry…but it’s not near enough to what we know will be needed just for basic supplies (changing table, other specific items…) but more so…we are just praying that God will start sending some children/students to us that we know are in our area. We believe that once others (in the church) see there is a need they will step up and easily provide the funds. We (those that have a passion for this ministry) believe that most in our church don’t understand the need of the families to be ministered to in this capacity. It’s hard to explain to others unless you have lived it or helped others who live it. I’ve worked many years with special needs students in a public middle school. I am so ready to bring it to the church where we should be ministering to these precious students and their worn out parents and siblings who need to be shown the love of Jesus and be allowed to come soak in His Word and His love. Please pray that we will be shown what we need to do preparing our hearts, souls and minds to be ready for this type of ministry. We pray that he will send us the families that need this type of ministry and ultimately it is our prayer God will work all this and more through us who have this burden and calling on our hearts to serve in this way. Thank you!!! 🙂

My prayer request is that my church would be open and willing to put a ministry into place that would truly serve my boys. They are young and it breaks my heart that already they are treated more as a burden than as individuals. I pray too that members in the church would rise up to help in this ministry and partner with my family and so many others like us.  

Praying for my son, Mark….

To be used by the Lord for the work of the Lord.

For his life to touch others’ lives.

Pray for continued strength for my family peace among us all when we don’t agree.

Foster to adopt grandchildren is finalized.

Please pray that people of Cornerstone Church of Skippack will come along side those who need support to be able to attend our church programs, and therefore those families will know and experience God. We are striving to meet the needs of a family now and need more buddies.

Blessings for Katie, Madeline, and Persevering Parent Ministries

shutterstock_59406991_2Friendship opportunities are hard when your special needs teen lacks social skills and physical abilities to join in with the typical kids. He wants friends to hang out with, but no one seems to want him. I know this seems a typical teenage struggle, but it is compounded by the diagnosis.

Please, Lord, show us Your Heart for the disabled

Starting Young Life Capernaum in our local high schools this Fall.

In July of 2014 Access stopped transporting its’ disabled rides to Joni And Friends including me. Please pray this will change!

Joy, and prayer request. Our church has Calvary Christian School grade pre-k4 to 11th and next year 12th grade. They have children with IEP’s and are doing an excellent job. Prayers for Mr. Paul Green, the staff, volunteers continued guidance, protection and support. Thank you!  

We have a lady in our ministry who is having some health issues. She is a fighter and is not going to give up. We are praying for God to heal her…doctors cannot seem to find a solution to the problems she is having.

I will be praying for YOU…for those you’ll touch/reach through this ministry and that each person will feel they can take the next step because they have the tools and don’t feel so alone! Cindi Ferrini  

Our HOPE special needs ministry has just had a donor step up to renovate two portables as a dedicated space for our Sunday morning Bible Fellowship and respite events. We are so excited! Pray for wisdom as we build out the space and that many will come to know Him via this ministry.

Our church would like to start a Special Needs Ministry. We ask for guidance, wisdom and discernment as we research how we can successfully have a SNM that will bring glory to God.

shutterstock_116017678Pray for our church to understand a special needs ministry is more than a place for parents to drop off kids so they can go to church. A successful day isn’t judged by “we kept them quiet with no meltdowns.”

Pray that our body of Christ sees that our Luke 14 banquet is a mission that should open our hearts to receive those with disabilities all the time. That no person ages out of our church.

Pray that our church leaders hear my plea “go quickly” as a call to save, include and bless us, not as a takeover of their principles.

Please pray that the church and its members would understand better Jacob’s mental disorder and why it’s hard to go to church with him. They talk about us outside of church and make him sound like he is an animal.

Pray for peace!

Our church is just beginning a special needs ministry. Please pray that we reach out and grow to who and how God would have us to.

I pray when we go to church that the Holy Ghost will come and minister to our son. Minister to him in ways that he understands. I pray Lord that you will bring acceptance that follows him around with every move he makes. I pray Lord that I will release fear and worry Lord, that I allow you to take over, that we all get in line with the intended purpose of your message and your word. In Jesus name, Amen

My 12-year-old son has debilitating anxiety/high functioning autism. He had a difficult time at Special Olympics during the down time, and is now afraid to go back to school. He is not in trouble, and chances are no one would say a word, but in his mind there is no way to overcome this.

shutterstock_79177156Pray for my granddaughter who has Down syndrome. Her parents are not together and she is shifted back and forth between households.

A friend of mine Mary S. has been hospitalized for over a year with a broken neck.

We are in the process of starting a special needs ministry in our church. Currently, I am the point person for this ministry and will be leading a volunteer training next week. Pray for us as we start this new venture.

Grace for each day. Strength for my lovely husband, John, my career. Great thankfulness for our church family.

We are just starting to offer opportunities for people with disabilities and people without disabilities to get to know each other. Our first event is November 1. I have waited a year for this

For our church’s special needs ministry to grow. We want to see more families served.

My daughter is 20 and aging out of the school system when she is 21 this summer. Finding a job or another program will be a challenge. She will be very sad about losing her friends. I am in charge of her funding thru Iris. I need wisdom as we travel this path to help Colleen live a full and meaningful life. It is a lonely, scary process. So prayers for my daughter and I would be appreciated!

For our church to grow in disability awareness and acceptance, and for more volunteers and ministry leaders to be called to serving families of those with special needs.

For God’s vision for our disability ministry. For wisdom and discernment, equipping, empowerment and courage to respond to God’s call.

GA-blog-ad-1-200x200Please pray for wisdom and guidance for all who are beginning to create Special Needs Ministry programs in their churches. Pray that families and individuals with disabilities who have experienced closed doors in the past will give the church another chance to welcome them in.

That every church realizes the gift of serving those with special needs. That churches will find the financial and human resources needed to develop the ministry. That those being served feel the love of Christ as if Christ himself was serving.

Yes please pray that we can reach more disabled individuals with the Gospel.

I am praying for wisdom in leading a small group for moms with kids with disabilities and how to connect the church more with families affected by disability.

We are in the process of adopting two teen boys from Ukraine before they “age out” of their orphanage. Prayer for last of the finances to be provided and prayer for strength to parent these broken and hurt teens when they come home. Thank you!

Our adult grandson (and a friend’s son) has Aspergers. Another adult grandson has albinism and related problems (type 1 diabetes, which was not correctly diagnosed, among other things). Thank you for prayers for these young men!

Please pray that God would inspire and enable Riverside Vineyard Church to be more disability friendly. Particularly to give me and my team wisdom in how to make our Messy Church really accessible to children and adults with disabilities.

For wisdom regarding next steps: is it time to move on from our church/town in search of better services for our son and connection with a disability sensitive Christian community?

Service dog is having surgery on nov 11th. His name is Angus. Please agree in prayer for a quick recovery & a good report! (9 year old Labradoodle/80 lbs of awesome! He is such a blessing!

Our 18 yr. old Teen boys with X-Linked Lissencephaly & SPD. His classroom situation is not working anymore. We need wisdom as to what to do now. Complicated…Teacher has lost sight of the heart & spirit of our child. Pray for words to say as we talk with the supervisor and IEP team. Also, going for guardianship in December as he turns 19. Our 14 yr. old. Lissencephaly & seizures. Pray as we wean him of of one of his medicines & start another due to side effects. We have 4 boys! (need I say more?:) Thanks!!

Thank you for asking! We are praying about adopting again, and in need of significant financial and physical healing.


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About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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1 Response to The prayers of our people…#KMIF14

  1. Casey says:

    Please pray that our family would be able to find a church home that includes our 5 year-old son with autism. We have been unable to attend church for the past 2 years, despite many attempts at several churches. Thank you!


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