Want to be Blessed?
I believe firmly that God is still in the business of doing miracles. I say often that my family is a testament to a God of wonders – he knit together a young couple, and three distinct sets of siblings into a family that loves one another. I also have seen God work miracles in the body of Christ at Hope Church in the way that my son Joshua, who has autism and cognitive delays, has been embraced and loved. He has friends at church – just ask him and he will name them for you – he knows that they are “his people.” They watch out for him, they work hard to understand him and they have done a marvelous job of including him at Hope.
This is my desire as I step into the role of Family Advocate at Hope: to create an environment where each individual has “his or her people”. I desire to build up a community who will walk alongside the children and adults with special needs and their families. Individuals with special needs can often be marginalized or pushed to the side because it is more work to include them or we feel uncomfortable with the ways they are different. Their families can feel like they don’t belong and church can become just one more place where they stand out or have to advocate for their child to fit in.
If you see yourself or your child in these words please don’t hesitate to contact me. God has led our family through most every category of special needs and I delight in helping others to find points of connection and resources. I am also looking for individuals that are willing to be a one on one or a buddy for a child or adult with special needs. No special training is needed and I can guarantee that you will be blessed!
Mari Bonnett, Family Advocate