Special Needs

HELPING THOSE CREATED FOR HIS GLORY

It is intriguing how the Lord will use one person or event to change the course of our lives. A year and a half ago, I heard Joni Erickson Tada speak at church. After listening to her, my daughter and I volunteered as camp counselors at the Joni and Friends Family Retreat. I was so moved that I now volunteer in our church’s ministry that serves people and families who are touched by disability. But I also learned about a ministry called Unless U, which serves adults with developmental disabilities and their families through continuing education and by promoting life skills, social skills, and independence. The Lord led me to begin volunteering at Unless U in June and I love it. I help students with various activities such as reading, writing, math, and social skills. Each week, I am blessed by the amazing students at Unless U. Through them, I have learned so much about God because I see His image reflected in these students. As I work with them, I continue to see His compassion, kindness, and mercy in the way they treat one another and others. Their beautiful, simple faith has taught me much about my own lack of faith. All in all, I have the privilege to see a glimpse of God’s glory displayed in the hearts, attitudes, and interactions of my friends at Unless U. It is beautiful to see.

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    Joel Coppage
    December 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I am very familiar with the work at Unless U in Birmingham, AL and the people who run that organization. They are passionate about the work and the lives they touch.

    God Bless You,

    Joel Coppage

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