I wrote an article about the relationship between suffering & evangelism. To read it, click here.

Joni & Friends: www.joniandfriends.org

From the website: “Joni and Friends is built on Biblical truth and the foundation of Jesus Christ. We are about advancing disability ministry and changing the church and communities around the world. The Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC) serves as the administrative center for ministries which provide outreach to thousands of families affected by disability around the globe.” (Click here to follow Joni & Friends on Twitter.)

The Elisha Foundation: www.theelishafoundation.org

From the website: “Justin and Tamara Reimer founded The Elisha Foundation in 2005, being spurred on by their eldest child Elisha, who has Down Syndrome. At the special moment of his birth Justin and Tamara recognized the unique call that God had placed on their lives – to minister to families of people with special needs. The Reimers want to see Jesus made much of through the unique blessing of a special needs child. After over eight years of waiting and praying the Lord opened the door of ministry to them and the inaugural Elisha Foundation Retreat was kicked off in December of 2005.” (Click here to follow Justin Reimer on Twitter.)

For an article in Arts and Sciences Magazine (from Johns Hopkins  University) about Barbara Landau’s research and findings concerning Williams Syndrome, click here.

[HT: Williams Syndrome Web Watch]

Lilly's Glasses

As most of you know, God gave us a child we named Lilly, and she was born with Williams Syndrome. Since her birth, I have sought to understand her life, and God’s purposes in disability, according to what He has revealed in Scripture. That is why I am so happy to have recently found the following Scripture-driven, God-centered, Christ-exalting, joy-producing, hope-filled blog about ministry to those with disabilities: CLICK HERE.

We saw a geneticist yesterday. He was a very nice and sharp guy. I thought it was interesting that he didn’t tummy-4-50come in and explain things about Lilly starting with the basics, he began by saying, “What questions do you have?” I appreciated that. He assumed we had done research and were aware of many things already. Of course, as with any good “teacher,” he eventually did remind us of the basics about Williams Syndrome (WS). We really didn’t learn anything new, but what we had learned previously was confirmed by an expert who has had previous experience with WS. 

We’re also grateful for the occupational therapy that is offered to Lilly, and this will actually take place in our home. That is a real blessing. Three ladies were in our house this morning discussing the strategy for the next few months.

Next week, we go to the heart doctor to see how Lilly’s arteries are doing. Please pray with us that they would not narrow, but actually improve.

Click here for a little letter I wrote to Lilly (it includes other pictures with Katie, Luke, and Daddy).