Through the years, a number of children of our church have been autistic. Would you like to know what it is to love your neighbor (or your neighbor's child) as you love yourself?
Here's a good example.
Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.
Thanks for posting this link, Tim.
Over the last 10 years, I've known two families with boys with Asperger's Syndrome, another family with a girl with Asperger's, and a family with a girl with autism. The girl and one of the boys (now young adults) with Asperger's are now pretty high-functioning, partly because their Christian moms (and in one family mom + dad) wouldn't take "no" for an answer when pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and teachers said there's nothing more that can be done. Both of them pursued higher education with the help of Disability Services at their colleges. The girl with autism is progressing nicely, but sorry to say the other boy (now teenager) with Asperger's has not.
I've seen two of these young people in social settings and so have at least seen what the family in the video experience.
Thanks for raising awareness about these illnesses. Children and adults all around us live with them every day. What a wonderful ministry it would be for a church to understand what it's like for youngsters and adults with autism/Asperger's sometimes function in social situations and also provide this part of God's family a way to worship and learn about Jesus in a non-threatening way.
Rules about comments...
Allowed HTML tags