“We have to build a new vision for what life will be going forward - grieving what isn’t anymore, and building A NEW vision…” Sarah Broady talks with Jonathan and Sarah McGuire about their ministry organization, Hope Anew, and the new online community that launches October 1, 2019. They share their story as autism parents, the isolation they experienced, the drought of rest Sarah went through, and how their family coped and handled those struggles. Through everything, they’ve created a ministry to parents of children with unique needs and disability in their writing, speaking, podcasting, and are launching A NEW ministry specific to creating community. I’m so excited to introduce the McGuires to you if you don’t know them already, and I highly encourage you to check out the incredible resources on their website, Hope Anew. You can connect with them on Facebook and on Twitter. Find their 5 Minute Vacations on their website via pop up, or watch the video on the show notes page.
Sarah talks with autism dad and children’s pastor, Jared Kennedy, about creating inclusive classroom environments for children’s ministry. They discuss tools and strategies leaders and teachers can use with individuals with unique needs in their classes, as well as boundaries if a teacher suspects a diagnosis, but the parent has not provided any diagnosis, or there hasn’t been any testing yet. They talk through the books Jared has written and the free resources available on his website, Gospel Centered Family. In addition to practical ideas and steps for ministry leaders and teachers to use with families, Sarah and Jared also talk through how spouses grieve differently, and the encouragement of hope we have in Christ as our High Priest who empathizes with us in our suffering. Jared is the author of "The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible," fifty-two Bible stories retold in a simple and compelling way for toddlers and preschoolers. and "Before the Lord, Before the Church," a book on planning a child dedication service.
As a special needs parent, have you felt fear about your child’s future? Do you struggle with doubts about decisions you’ve made, grief over the fact that you even had to make those very decisions? Do you feel guilty for either how you’ve handled a situation, or even your own emotions? Sarah Broady talks with Deb Abbs about “the other ‘R’ word,” as Deb puts it, Residential, through their family’s story of transitioning their teenage son Luke from home to a residential boarding school for children with disabilities. They talk through the all-encompassing fear, grief, and guilt that Deb's family faced as special needs parents and the hope they have held onto throughout it all.
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