Inspire Others!

Every Day Faith LogoHere is your opportunity to INSPIRE others. Share a story, an article, a link on the web, a helpful resource (video, book, etc) that connects with the theme of EVERY DAY FAITH.   

Tell what God is doing in or through you or your church as you focus on reading the scriptures, praying intentionally, giving generously and sharing life and faith with those who need to hear the Good News of God’s love for them. 

How has time spent in the Word of God challenged your spiritual walk? 

Have you encountered God is a very real way as you have prayed? 

Maybe you have a story of how yours or someone else’s generosity has impacted your life or our world.

Have you recently shared your faith with someone and seen God transform their life, their family? 

Take a few moments to share what is happening in your life or your church community, so your story can influence others.

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11 Responses to “Inspire Others!”

  1. Rev. Joseph Vaillancourt February 19, 2014 11:33 pm #

    Today, I received an email from a mother who is completing a college program to become a Developmental Service Worker. Her child has autism and she wanted to know more about how teach her child about Jesus. I find that most churches can welcome an autistic child when that child is high functioning and evidence of autism is not seen. However, how do you teach a child who does not learn like everyone else? May have trouble communicating feelings, ideas, and belief? How do disciple someone who takes things literally and may not understand a joke? These are some of the challenges a children’s pastor might face. Of course there also may be behavior related challenges too. These challenges will vary in each child with autism. Sadly, there currently is no faith base support program for parents of children with autism. Our fellowship has always welcomed people with autism and may have even had pastors with autism. Autism is so easily hidden that people in their 50’s are now being discovered to have autism. My advice to you as a pastor, a parent, a brother or sister in a local church, is to provide a safe community for discovering Jesus. There are too many stories of how a relationship with Jesus focused a life touched by autism. Secondly, I would suggest inclusion with high expectations. Sometimes, we hear words like “Autism”, “Down Syndrome”, “Fragile X”, “ADD/ADHD”, “Mania”, etc., etc., and fear grips us. We lower expectations and create barriers to fellowship.

    Today, during Wednesdays at Willowdale, a friend told me that she is in line to become a Ryerson Professor. She told me that she struggles with mental health issues and knows many Christians who suffer with “Mania”, “Depression”, “Seasonally Affected Disorders” and hide it because they are afraid how their church family will treat them. Our fellowship has always had these people in many different Kingdom Roles. Yet, I hear how afraid such people are to come out. All they want is community.

    So, how do you teach a person with autism to serve Jesus? How do you teach anyone else? You build a relationship, and teach the person where they are at. You encourage, and support, this person to work through their struggles. All the while you point them to Jesus. What will happen if you make yourself aware of autism? You will be a better bible teacher and will know how to use routines, ritual, and social struggles to guide the disciple into their potential in Jesus. How will I know its working? Simple, when that disciple on the spectrum starts to mimic you and starts wanted to share their faith with others, then you are starting to see fruit. I know this because my ministry has seen a group of adults with any number of disabilities begin to reach a level of faith and maturity. Within their growth there has been one common message. They want to tell others about Jesus.

    My friend with Mania, she lead a successful ALPHA out reach for three years. My friend John with brain damage has become a successful preacher. George has become a leader. Renauldo an evangelist in his own right. We provide the discipleship, they brought the passion, and we gave them support. Now, look at what they want to do now. They want to plant a church (well its come up in our prayer meetings). We are are now looking at expanding our ministry to include monthly attempts to do evangelism in a Jewish community. Shalom.

  2. Rev. Joseph Vaillancourt January 31, 2014 10:26 am #

    2014 has brought our small ministry to the forefront of a new decision. Discipleship is amazing because not only does it build up lives, it challenges communities. Over the last few years we have been watching GOD move in the lives of adults with disabilities. These adults have different challenges in knowing how to serve GOD but the desire to know GOD, serve GOD, and Live for GOD is like nothing I have seen before. So, as we began to disciple people with disabilities, we took our passion to the community.

    The other day, a mother called me from Germany about her son. Her son had been attending our discipleship program. She was excited to hear how her impaired son, has grown into a man of God with a desire to reach others. In fact my entire group of people with varying disabilities have begun to ask for more opportunities to conduct evangelism in the community.

    I guess without trying, I discovered another benefit of Christ centered discipleship. People who are disciples are more likely to want to do evangelism. So, I guess discipleship not only empowers people, it builds community, and causes evangelism to take place. With there desire to do evangelism, I have begun to work on finding places for us to do evangelism. God is truly moving!

    enABLE

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