Amazing Grace

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Every once in a while, something jogs my memory and a flood of emotions sweep over me from our trip to Ghana. Today, it was in the hearing of an old familiar hymn. Standing in the Slave castle on the Ivory Coast, our guide was describing to us the events that had taken place here, within these walls. His description left our minds imagining the African women, standing chained to a lead ball, naked, buckets of cold water thrown over them as the white officers stood on the balcony above, picking out the ones that would be sent up the secret ladder to their bed. Or the others, left behind the ...[Read more]

Ghana- April, 2010

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Greg and I had the privilege of traveling to Ghana in April in 2010 to work on three separate projects. The first portion of our trip was with a team from Joni and Friends, distributing wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes through the ministry of, Wheels for the World. We heard story after story of children who had not been able to attend school because of their disabilities. A wheelchair meant having the mobility to leave their homes, enter into society and quite possibly, get an education. Before leaving, each person also spent time with our Ghanaian pastors who shared with them about ...[Read more]

Butterfly Circus with Nick Vujicic

This is a wonderful short film featuring Nick Vujicic born in Australia without arms and legs, who plays the main character, Will. Beginning his journey in a sideshow carnival act as the "Limbless Man," Will encounters Mr. Mendez, the famous showman for his renowned, "Butterfly Circus." What others see as a "defect," Mr. Mendez sees as beauty in each one of his performers, causing them each to emerge from their own cocoon. Mr. Mendez encourages Will to discover his own abilities and reach his full potential, "The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!" Nick's fan page can be ...[Read more]

zachary-loved for who he is

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A single mom with a three year old daughter, having to flee an abusive husband, staying with a family from her church, no money, no bank account, no education, no job, how could a baby with Down Syndrome be a blessing? One of the most influential people who the Lord brought into my life was my youth pastor, John. Born prematurely at a time when incubators where a fairly new development, he was born prematurely and given too much oxygen which caused the blood vessels in his eyes to proliferate wildly and the retinas to detach causing John as a newborn baby, to go completely blind. But the ...[Read more]

Welcome to Holland

A brilliant poem, performed brilliantly. This poem is an excellent way for parents of a special needs child to get across how they feel to others. ...[Read more]

Love Came Down

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In a seat down near the front of the auditorium with my friend Chad next to me, sitting in his wheelchair, a paraplegic due to the complications of spina bifida, I had called him the day before and asked if he would like to come to this healing conference. I know Chad well enough to invite him to a service like this, he welcomes it when people pray for his healing. The guest speaker was a man, who has traveled all around the world doing healing conferences. Another young boy sat in a wheelchair next to Chad, I overheard his parents say to someone that he had a disease, the seriousness of it ...[Read more]

Stories of Hope and New Life from Across the World

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I’ve recently learned about an organization called, “Partners International” which partners with many missionary minded ministries, some of which happen to work with people with disabilities. They sent me these two stories to share with our iamviable readers. For safety reasons, names have been changed and locations undisclosed. I am so excited to get our first International stories and I'm looking forward to many more! Stories of Hope and New Life By Partners International President Jon Lewis This is a tale of two citizens. Both were born with disabilities, but their life stories ...[Read more]