If you meet Paul, you realize right way he knows his Bible. He loves to answer questions in Bible class and be involved in worship. He is smart and inquisitive. He also has a developmental disability.
Paul grew up in a Christian home; his parents wanted his spiritual, social and physical needs to be met. They learned of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) from one of our team members, and regularly attended the JCM program. He thoroughly enjoyed the Bible classes and crafts and attended “Jesus Cares” week at Camp Phillip. JCM helped his love of his Savior grow.
Two years ago, Paul moved to The Lutheran Home: Hope Residence, which provides a home for adults with developmental disabilities. His family struggled to find a stable group, and when Paul’s family learned about Hope Residence, it was exactly what she wanted. Paul regularly attends the Bible classes at Hope Residence, which use some of our JCM materials. He also worships at Hope and the local WELS congregation in Belle Plaine. Paul attends the “Joy in Jesus” fall retreats, organized by JCM and the Minnesota District Special Ministries, where he enjoys making new friends with the college student volunteers and actively participating in everything, especially Bible stories.
We are honored to serve Paul through these two areas of ministries, which allow us to help meet his spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs. The world often considers people like Paul the “least of these,” but we know they are precious in God’s sight.
There are more “Pauls” in the world who need to hear about God’s Love. The month of March is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about this need. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. He invited “all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.”
We ask you to help this ministry by sharing the enclosed bulletin insert and poster and bringing before the Lord the special prayer.
If you are so moved, we invite you to consider a special door offering or the use of TLHA’s special offering envelope in support of our ongoing work. We are able to offer presentations about our ministry as time and distance allows. If you would like to share more about Jesus Cares Ministries with your congregation, we also have bulletin board materials available.
If there are ways we can help you work toward better serving God’s special people, we would consider it our privilege. Please call us at 1-888-600-TLHA (8542).