13 responses to Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children
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    Andy White
    Comment on special needs young people (August 20th, 2015 at 07:12)

    special needs young people

    We have a ministry that helps special needs young people as well. It began 30 years ago and has changed a lot over time. We began helping children much as the above ministry described. But we learned that when the children grew up that they were often not as well cared for. Adults loose their cuteness. So we began to focus on helping with special needs adults. We discovered next that some of these people had potential no one had really seen before. So we set out to determine how to help these people achieve goals that made them feel independent to whatever degree was possible. This presented abundant challenges! Next we saw these special people respond to the call of God as we shared the Gospel with them. We saw some of those mentally retarded people light up with joy and often begin to sing praises to God spontaneously. Some of the autistic people actually began to speak after 20 or more years of silence. At this point we have a Coffee House, the people are employed and have responsibility and get to interact with the public. We have gardens, chickens geese, and a dog that belongs to one of the boys who lives here now. This is all one block away from Main Street! Our special needs youth teach us lessons in humility, kindness, faith and give us so much more than anyone could ever imagine. I commend the good people in Berlin for their ministry and pray the Lord gives us all a vision for the needs in our communities.

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    Kevin L.
    Comment on Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children (August 20th, 2015 at 07:17)

    What a great program! My brother in law is a special needs person (now an adult) so I understand how hard it is and how appreciated any kind of help is. It sounds like a lot of thought was put into the program to take care of the children, parents and caregivers. Thank you for doing this, and we will pray for them all

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    Kate Kleinert
    Comment on God bless you (August 20th, 2015 at 08:54)

    God bless you

    Although I do not have a special needs child, I was my husband’s caregiver for 10 years. Being a ‘day-after-day’ caregiver is a challenge that no one can understand unless they have done it. Finding a way to allow these parents a break to be able to attend Sunday services is a hug from God – and it is given through your arms! God bless you for caring enough to take action.

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children (August 20th, 2015 at 09:58)

    Those who work with and care for special needs children and adults are very special themselves.

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    Natasha M
    Comment on Special needs (August 20th, 2015 at 10:20)

    Special needs

    My daughter has special needs and we found early on how many churches are unprepared, uncomfortable, or (in some cases) unwilling to care for those with special needs within their church. We became involved in our church because they have a special needs ministry. I admire such bodies of believers who are at least willing to learn. God bless them!

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children (August 20th, 2015 at 11:23)

    I think Rebecca did another good job on this article. She won’t tell you this, but as a friend & neighbor I’ll share with you that Rebecca is a very sharing, caring person. She has also volunteered at a home for children & adults with special needs and helped with a prison ministry that cares for babies born to mothers in prison so the mothers can be assured their children are getting good care and also brought in to visit the mothers regularly. I admire people like Rebecca who so freely give their time, effort, and love to help others, and not “just” those in our own community. As we are parents to teens our hours seem to be so filled up, but I hope that some day, Lord willing, we will find ourselves with time to share with those in need like Rebecca does.

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children (August 20th, 2015 at 12:51)

      Thank you, Mark ! Maybe I’ll have to share those experiences at a future date.
      Andy, I think your program sounds wonderful. Here many of our mentally challenged adults find work at The Holmes County Training Center’s Workshop.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Without words (August 20th, 2015 at 11:31)

    Without words

    After reading this post and replies, I am without words to express how valued all who are mentioned here are (children, volunteers, parents, other helpers). It is heartening to know there are those “willing to learn” how to make a positive difference in the lives of these special children and their families. May you all be blessed a thousandfold…and I’m grateful for the example you’ve shown the rest of us! Thank you!

    Alice Mary

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children (August 20th, 2015 at 15:57)

    Rebecca Miller, thank you for this post. Erik, thank you as well.

    Being a disabled-from-birth person myself, I have a question: if these children are not so fragile that they can be taken out of the home to the daycare facility, why aren’t they able to attend church or social events with their parents?

    Excluding children of any ability from worship is a bad idea in my mind. Giving parents a break is a valid need which I do support. Many churches host a children’s church during the main sermon so parents may attend to the pastor’s words without interruption. And I do understand that children with autism spectrum disorder may not be able to handle large crowds.

    Please understand that I don’t want to come off as argumentative or confrontational but simply curious from the children’s perspective. Again, thank you for a very informative post which I did enjoy reading immensely.

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    Amish Girl-Rebecca
    Comment on Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children (August 20th, 2015 at 16:25)

    Carolyn B, These children would be disabled in a way that the parents do not get much out of the sermons if they take them along. In Holmes County there are many disabled children attending church with their parents, but once they are so disruptive that the parents and others miss much of the sermon the parents choose not to take them. In an Amish church there is no such thing as a children’s service. These children we care for would not be able to understand any of the sermon anyway. A few of them have some autism.

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    Comment on Caring Hands: Helping Parents of Special Needs Children (August 20th, 2015 at 18:56)

    Rebecca,

    What a very nice article. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and thank you for doing such important for your community.

    John 13 tells us that the world will know we are Christians by our love for one another. Your love for others is very evident. You have been given a very important mission in life. God bless you for doing such a wonderful job.

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    Comment on Beautiful ministry (August 21st, 2015 at 00:09)

    Beautiful ministry

    Such a wonderful, caring ministry.

    “And in that day the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of these whom the world may consider as the least, you did it to me.’ (Mat 25:40 (adapted))

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