How Do I Know If My Disabled Child Can Have A Faith?

How do I know if my disabled child can have a faith? It’s a question many parents of children with disabilities ask, but there are clues to find, things Jesus did, ways of understanding how our child responds to God, that give us answers.

When God Speaks: My Journey With Additional Needs Ministry

A few days later, God turned up in the middle of the night… and then I saw an image very clearly in my mind. I remember feeling quite smug, thinking I’d guessed God’s punchline…  I’d guessed wrong!

Jesus Christ: Poor, Child Refugee, Homeless, Disabled?

During his life on earth Jesus challenged the accepted culture of his time, often creating a societal and political storm as he did so.  He was not what many expected the Messiah to be, even though there had been plenty of prophesy that provided more than enough detail of what to expect from him.  He … Continue reading Jesus Christ: Poor, Child Refugee, Homeless, Disabled?

Can You Take Young People With Additional Needs On Overseas Mission?

Going on an overseas mission trip can often be a transforming and life changing experience; offering an opportunity to serve in a very different culture and environment, challenging our worldview and our perceptions of our role in the world.  Taking young people on a short-term mission trip experience can equip them and inspire them for … Continue reading Can You Take Young People With Additional Needs On Overseas Mission?

Little Steps, Big Struggles, Bigger Faith!

We should never take for granted the things that we can do, as for others these things may be terrifyingly difficult.  A seemingly simple thing, like going outside of the house, can be incredibly traumatic for some.  James is one of them… Last year several events collided to place James in the eye of a … Continue reading Little Steps, Big Struggles, Bigger Faith!

Parenting A Child With Additional Needs – It Is Well With My Soul

I heard an old hymn rearranged in a new way recently, and it deeply touched me.  The words so powerful, so amazing, impacted me in a new way.  The song had been introduced with the harrowing story of the songwriter, Horatio Spafford, and how against all the odds he was able to write such amazing … Continue reading Parenting A Child With Additional Needs – It Is Well With My Soul

Additional/Special Needs Parents: Worriers Or Warriors?

Those of us that care for children and young people with additional/special needs, whether as parents/carers, children’s and youth workers, or in other professional roles, become good at expecting the unexpected, anticipating the unpredictable, and dealing with unsurprising surprises! Life is different, no two days are the same, and we get to ride on a … Continue reading Additional/Special Needs Parents: Worriers Or Warriors?

Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than many other families have to deal with.  The stresses and strains of parenting a child with additional needs are 24/7 all year every year and added to the anxiety and even guilt that many parents will experience it can all … Continue reading Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Additional Needs Parents: Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving

One of the things about parenting a child or young person with additional needs, is that life is never predictable…  Just when you think that everything is going along quite well, out of nowhere something will happen that turns everything upside down and breaks it apart again.  That this might happen on a fairly regular … Continue reading Additional Needs Parents: Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving

‘Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child’

We’re in a battle, whether we like to think about it or not.  Whether you have a faith of any kind, or none, one thing that generally unites us all is a belief that there is good and evil in the world…  and that these two forces are totally and utterly opposed to each other. … Continue reading ‘Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child’