Some of you will have read a post I put up a few days ago called “Storm before the Calm.” I have taken this down as I was embarrassed at how raw it was. I was having a bad weekend emotionally but thanks to a lovely friend who helped me feel much better after a good chat, I’m rewriting it as something that can stay on the blog. (Thanks so much to those that already replied – I have all your comments and you are much appreciated).
Like a lot of people, I have been quite upset by things way beyond my control. The main things that have ‘stormed’ into my life are:
- The news – terrorist attacks, tower block fires, the stupid election (my views are my own!) and just not knowing what the government are doing. I still don’t want Brexit and the process frightens me. It’s unsettling, hard to escape. Two girls from my town died in the Manchester attack. Everyone I know shares the worry and grief over all the incidents and events in our country these past months.
- A death happened. A young person took their own life. I’m grieving for them and their family. I have been researching mental health and young people and find that we are ignoring the risks and pressures that affect our young people. It feels like we are sleepwalking into a crisis. Many people think that’s already happening. I’m praying and wondering what the church should be doing.
- For some time I’ve been wondering about how I can share much more of the resources we’ve built up over 10 years of our Good News Group. Particularly our Bible teaching materials but also sharing our story and training for churches. I want so much to give our adults in the group, opportunity to speak for themselves and for others with learning disabilities to have access to good teaching materials.
And this is where I asked for help in my last post. If you read includedbygrace regularly I’d like to hear from you. If you’ve happened to read it by random google search, I want to hear from you. I want to know what you think of includedbygrace and the information I share. What it means to you and how it has helped you (or not).
If you want to say a pray for this please pray that God will make this what he wants it to be. I have been blessed by a conversation with two web developers who are interested in designing an accessible website with me. Maybe that’s a thing that includedbygrace can become. I have no funding, only faith at this point in time. But I believe in a God who funds his own projects.
My second idea is to build a team of trainers from our Good News Group who can tell churches how they can be better included. I experimented with doing this by video when I went to London and this was one way of sharing their voice. Locally I can take people to places we speak.
Thirdly, I’d love to reach out to special schools in our area. Maybe with assemblies or sensory Bible stories. I’d need a team of GNG members to help me…and again the logistics are huge. But not for God!
In my mind are a lot of other random ideas. I only want to go in the direction God has prepared and not waste time on things that won’t work. The aim is to spread the gospel and disciple children, teens and adults with learning disabilities, giving them accessible Bible teaching and resources. Also, it is to equip churches to do this work too. We are a small team…living hopefully in the storms…