Katie Garvert is the Access Ministries Coordinator for Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She shared how her ministry helps family affected by special needs on the Orange Leaders blog.
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At the end of the day, will we really make a difference in the lives of our special needs families and students?
I worked for nine years as the leader of a special needs ministry where we grew our ministry from serving seven families to serving over 100 families. Yes, we had many success and heartwarming stories. Yes, we had severe learning curves and humble moments. Yes, we made mistakes and yes, we saw God change lives. However, this question is what kept me up many nights and broke my heart when I knew the answer to, “Are we making a difference for this student,” ended with a NO.
About the time I was ready to leave my position because I was becoming burned out chasing after the dream—families would engage with Jesus knowing He created their child perfectly—I came across a life-changing book. This book forever change my parenting, counseling and leading other families in following Jesus and accepting their disabilities/limitations.
Read the rest of Katie’s story: https://orangeblogs.org/orangeleaders/2015/06/25/sticky-faith-for-families-with-children-with-special-needs/