Thursday, March 26, 2009

Let's Build The Church

Hey Friends,
Thanks so much for praying for my conference last weekend. It went great! If any of you ever get a chance to go to the North Carolina WMU Extravaganza...Go!

Before I share a few highlights, I wanted to explain a little about the kind of conferences I have been doing the last couple of weeks. I do two kinds of speaking. One is for Women's groups and you can read some of the topics here to the right. The other kind of speaking is through LifeWay. I speak/teach/train church teachers and leaders about how to either start, or enhance a Special Ed ministry in their churches. It is a much needed ministry and is affecting our churches more and more. I love helping churches start this ministry and I love encouraging and spurring on those who have been doing it all along.

This was the type of speaking I did the last two weeks. In Miami it was a an Associational Training. I led two breakout sessions, one on how to start a ministry and the other on creative ideas to enhance the ministry. The teachers I worked with there are dedicated servants and we shared and challenged each other with ideas and dreams.

The breakout session with the WMU of NC at Ridgecrest was on How To Teach learners With Special Needs About Missions. Here we shared the "why we should"...and practical and creative ideas to use in missions education.

I love this ministry. I have heard stories that have made me the man who came up to me at one conference and asked if I could help him. He told me of a family that had come to their church, with a boy in a wheelchair who hollered out a lot. He was the Chairmen of the deacons at the time and they had asked the family to leave...because it was disrupting the worship time. He told me this while tears are running down his face...saying, "That was wrong and we don't ever want to do that again...can you help me?"

But this story is my favorite so I will close with it:

A preschool teacher was just starting her Sunday School class, when a young boy came to the door. The teacher right away could see that this was going to take some special effort. The boy was missing his right arm. So she quickly looked at her activities and knew how to help him have a great time. The time flew and the boy, Johnny, had a wonderful time. As they sat in a circle, the teacher could see that that they had just enough time for one more song or activity. What had they not done? Oh! "Let's build the church!" she said. As soon as the words were out of her mouth she felt terrible. Johnny couldn't do this finger play. What had she been thinking? She could not even look in his direction. Slowly she lifted her head and what she saw was the true church at work...for you see little Susie had taken her right hand and grabbed Johnny's left hand and together they were building the church!

Lets build a church!


Kay Martin said...

My oh my what a saint you are!!! I have always yearned for this work in the church. Corrie ten Boom wrote a little booklet on this very subject. I gave my copy to a pastor's wife who was in training to become a school teacher to the challenged students.

I will forever see the "church" assembling together to be Christ's Body as I picture the hands of the 2 children.

You have made my day. God bless you and the best is yet to be!!!

On Purpose said...

The last story touched my heart...its a reminder to me today that our children are SO filled with true natural purified love, grace and adults need to learn from them and follow their lead!

Thank you my friend for being a beautiful woman of God who lives it out everyday!

Beverly said...

Awesome story. Thanks for sharing and keep sharing with all of us what God gives you.

Love ya and hope you are feeling better. We sure missed you Tuesday night!

LynnSC said...

I'm so glad that your speaking engagements went so well. God is truly using you. I am sure that this is a much needed area in ministry... Lifeway is blessed to have you. We are too on Tuesdays... hope you are feeling better... we missed you.


Sharon said...

Keep Praising Him my friend!! He is sooo Worthy Amen! It's a good day, because we have Jesus in our life!
Have a Great Resurrection Sunday!