Category Archives: Intellectual Disabilities

Disability Inclusion on Mission Trips

A mission trip planned by and for people with disabilities was exactly what we were hoping for as we were making our philosophical switch. Note that it was not something anyone from my leadership team came up with. It was an idea that was birthed by God through our friend Nick. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day…It’s complicated

We learn to delight in what is and let go of what illness and disability has robbed us and our kids. Continue reading

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How God is using our Psalm 139 video to change law…Ryan Wolfe

God has made all of us “wonderfully.” God has made each of us a “work or art.” God has made each of us on purpose for a purpose.
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Am I to blame for this happening?

Does God really have a plan and a purpose for your child’s life? Did God really allow this because he intended to use our circumstances for His glory?
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Special needs parents…Do you feel cheated?

Don’t you feel cheated about the life you imagined for you and your son? Continue reading

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What are the stats on disability and church?

The oft-quoted stat that 85-95% of special needs families are unchurched isn’t supported by any research, so I really think we – as people of the Truth – ought to stop repeating it. Continue reading

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Start with Hello

I am pleased to announce the release of Start with Hello, the first of many how-to booklets that fit together in Joni and Friends new Irresistible Church series. Designed to help a church launch or re-launch sustainable, effective special needs ministry, Start with Hello walks the ministry leader through five steps to starting a special needs ministry. While each church’s journey is different, with different dreams, resources, needs and people, we’ve found that working through the five step progression puts a church on the right path to becoming an irresistible church. Continue reading

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My 8 favorite Bible verses for special needs ministry (and the one I usually don’t use)

These are the eight verses I use to emphasize the calling that each church has to include all people. Continue reading

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What’s the data about special needs and abortion?

I do think we can say that babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are nearly twice more likely to be aborted than others. That’s tragic. Continue reading

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Ryan Wolfe…Keeping the Disabled Connected

Several years ago I asked our County Board Superintendent what the #1 problem was facing the disability community. Without hesitation he said it is the problem of isolation. Isolation is a universal experience for those in the disability community. It … Continue reading

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