I found the Lord at the age of four. Since I did not walk until I was two and half, I learned that people are not always going to be there when you need them, but Jesus never fails.
As a child I went through all the teasing and taunting that just about every disabled child goes through. However God gave me a cure-all. When the other kids would tease me, I would say, "Maybe I am whatever but I am glad you are not whatever." For example, if someone teased me about my limp, I would say, "Maybe I do have to walk funny but I am glad you donít have to walk this way." The person doing the taunting did not know how to handle that. They often walked away dumb founded. I have also experienced rejection as an adult. It is a little more subtle. Rejection is to be ignored or excluded. I know that God has a purpose in this. It keeps me aware of the hurts that my students are feelings.
Because of being premature, I was slow to mature emotionally, so I was held back a year in school. Because of the dyslexia I struggled in spelling. School was not an easy thing for me, but I kept trying. This gives me compassion for the struggles of my students. I graduated from high school with a 3.0 average and then went to Bible college.
God sent another student who was my tutor all four years. I was proud to graduate with my class.
While in Bible college I started teaching children who had disabilities. After graduating in 1980 I continued in this type of work. I was the first Foursquare Pastor licensed and the second one to be ordained specifically to work with those who have disabilities. Teaching them has been one of my greatest joys.
At this point in time, this ministry is my life. I can see why God allowed me the disabilities that I have. They have given me the insight to work with people who have disabilities and to write curriculum for others to use in teaching them. My hopes are that you can be encouraged by my experience. We also want to be an encouragement to you through the experiences of others which we love to publish in our newsletters to appreciate the true value God sees in allowing disabilities.