Bill Truebenbach, Jesus Cares Ministries Program Coordinator, shares about helping begin JCM programs to share the Gospel:
When playing basketball the person who makes the shot gets the points for the team. Often it is because of the person who provided the assist that the player scored. That’s what those of us who work within Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) get to do – assist. With God’s help we assist the congregation to score by helping them share the gospel with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Another assist took place at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson, Wisconsin, during the month of March 2011. Two men from St. John’s, Ed Kasper and Patrick Miller had visited the JCM program at Good Shepherd in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with Bill Truebenbach, Staff Minister and JCM Program Coordinator in December 2010. Ed and Patrick went back to St. John’s and encouraged the start of a JCM program. By early February the post cards to invite those with special needs in the community went out. JCM assisted with this. It was decided that both a simplified worship service and a special needs Bible class would take place. JCM assisted with both programs by having Bill lead both first program starts. On each night 20 people with special needs were served, along with several caregivers and many volunteers from St. John’s. Ed took on the role of program leader. With some simple assisting, the program had scored in the community. Ed and the other volunteers were assisted with materials and the help to allow them to conduct both programs in April on their own.
We are ready to make another assist if you are willing to score. The Gospel message is guaranteed to score for you and those you serve. The win will be when these people with special needs one day join us in receiving the victor’s trophy in heaven. To learn more about JCM, contact us at 1-888-600-TLHA (8542) or (952) 873-6000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.