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  • Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

    Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, Pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press. Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as “an unreached people group within our nation.”

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  • Iceland Down syndrome abortions called ‘a tragedy’

    August 18 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iceland Down syndrome abortions called ‘a tragedy’

    Southern Baptists involved with special needs ministry are lamenting a report that virtually 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in Iceland are aborted. Individuals with special needs, the ministry leaders say, are made in God’s image and bring unique giftedness to churches and society.

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  • Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    August 18 2017 by Emily Howsden, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    Laughter and pleasant aromas fill Karla Boone’s kitchen as she gathers with some of her favorite friends to cook delicious meals together. Boone and her husband Steve have served in several special needs programs across Oklahoma, but she wanted to make a difference in someone’s life rather than just volunteering for a few hours.

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  • Special needs people spotlighted as ‘hidden,’ ‘forgotten’

    July 7 2017 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware | with 0 comments
    Special needs people spotlighted as ‘hidden,’ ‘forgotten’

    When Amberle Brown was a child, she wanted to be a missionary to an unreached people group. She never imagined she would one day become part of one. “I became a nurse as a way to gain access to closed countries,” Brown recounted at the second annual Special Needs Conference this past spring. ...

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  • Wilkes County church to build ‘inclusive’ play park

    June 12 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Wilkes County church to build ‘inclusive’ play park

    Fairplains Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro is sending a message to their community by introducing the area’s first inclusive play park. Pastor David Dyer said the congregation wants families with special needs children to know “there is a church that’s thinking of them.”

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  • ‘Night to Shine’ elevates special needs royalty

    February 15 2017 by Brandy Crase, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    ‘Night to Shine’ elevates special needs royalty

    More than 100 people with special needs attended Night to Shine, an event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Honored guests received the royal treatment during the evening with hair and makeup stations, a shoe-shining area, corsages and boutonnieres. Limousine rides, catered food, karaoke and, of course, a dance floor also were part of the gathering.

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  • Yokefellow with Down syndrome ministers to shut-ins

    August 4 2016 by Connie Davis Bushey, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Yokefellow with Down syndrome ministers to shut-ins

    Mike Kinle and pastor David Taft visit shut-ins for First Baptist Church every Monday afternoon. Kinle always reads the Scripture he has chosen for the people they are visiting. He also leads the prayer. Kinle may not take the lead in the conversations, but he listens and prepares to pray.

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  • ‘The Banquet’ highlights special needs ministry

    April 7 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    ‘The Banquet’ highlights special needs ministry

    When Sherry Mann’s daughter was born with a rare genetic condition, her eyes were opened to a world she never knew existed. Mann was one of approximately 80 people who attended the recent daylong conference for church leaders on ministering to children with special physical mental or social needs and their families.

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  • Special needs children & their families

    April 17 2015 by Joy Fisher, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Special needs children & their families

    At church, every person who engages the family of a special needs child has a make-it or break-it chance to ensure the family not only comes back, but has a positive experience week after week. It’s possible to reach, keep and disciple families with special needs children, but it takes work and intentionality …

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  • Happiness Retreats: 40th year helping special people

    September 9 2014 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Happiness Retreats: 40th year helping special people

    This year North Carolina Baptists sponsored five of these three-day retreats for people with special needs, including one at Truett Camp in Hayesville and others at Caraway Conference Center near Asheboro. More than 700 people attended this year. It’s a unique ministry few other organizations can match.

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  • Special needs families receive ‘buddy’ care at Penn. Church

    July 30 2014 by Karen L. Willoughby, SBC Life/Baptist Press | with 1 comments
     Special needs families receive ‘buddy’ care at Penn. Church

    Special needs children and their families have a cadre of buddies at Stewartstown Baptist Church. On Sundays, the church pairs special needs children with volunteers in what they call its “buddy system.” Buddies sit with the children, support them and assist them in the church’s worship services.

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  • Her video high-fives special needs cheer team

    October 23 2013 by Rebecca Ingram Powell, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Her video high-fives special needs cheer team

    The Cheerville Raptors, a special needs squad from Tennessee, provide inspiration in a video by aspiring pop star Savannah Grace.

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  • Autism Awareness: church ministers to special needs families

    April 9 2013 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor | with 1 comments
    Autism Awareness: church ministers to special needs families

    Misty Brown once wondered if she’d ever be able to go to church with her husband and two children, as a family, again.

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