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This is an amazing video about a girl who was diagnosed as "severely autistic" and "mentally retarded" but because of her parent's relentless dedication, they experience breakthrough in Carly's silent, secret world... ...[Read more]

How God Uses Sam to Change an Entire Church

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How God Uses Sam to Change an Entire Church (and a 12 year old girl) Story Submitted by Nancy and Anne Meador Edited by Kara Ferris Nancy- Our forever connection to Joni and Friends Family Retreats began when our daughter, Anne was 12 - almost 6 years ago. I was looking for ways for us to serve as a mom/daughter team and I have long wanted my daughter to feel comfortable around others whose lives are touched with disabilities. I also wanted her to grow up not thinking that she was the center of the universe. So, we volunteered for our local Joni and Friends Chapter in Oregon at the ...[Read more]

Sam Hears God

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As Cheryl and Rob were getting ready to leave the hospital with their brand new baby boy, the social worker’s words came as quite a shock, “I’m so glad you want to take him home.” In their late 30’s, they had been extremely excited about the birth of their first child. Not even wanting to know the sex of their baby, they had kept it a surprise during their pregnancy. Cheryl and Rob had taken their Lamaze classes and the new parents had felt very prepared. But nothing could prepare them for this. “There were no folds in his brain. The doctors diagnosed Sam as having Microcephaly.” There ...[Read more]

When God Speaks

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About 10 years ago, as a young mother of a toddler with severe mental disabilities, I was struggling with how God could love my son (and me as well).It was very evident that Justin could sin but I don’t think that He understood repentance.How would he ever understand salvation?  What was his purpose in life if he couldn’t understand God?Would he be condemned to hell if he doesn’t repent?Why did God create human beings who couldn’t serve Him or others and who made everyone else's life very difficult?There was a middle-aged man at our church who had struggled with some of those same types of ...[Read more]