“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)
Dear Ministry Partner,
Part of our vision is realized when churches reach out and share the Good News of Jesus with our friends with intellectual disabilities and the people in their lives. Friendship groups do this and are blessed when new friends join their group.
Connection Ministries plants new groups that are reaching new families. Laura, with her mother Joanna, learned about the Friendship Life group at LifePoint Church through friends. Laura was initially afraid the group was only for members of the church but is glad LifePoint wants their group to be available to everyone.
Joanna shared that her family is still coming to terms with Laura’s disability, and the Friendship Life group helps her to not feel so isolated. Laura likes being part of the group; it’s a group where she is accepted and feels better about herself.
Another parent shared with Joanna how her sons are better men because of their sister who has a disability. Joanna is encouraged that God will use her daughter Laura to also make a difference in someone else’s life.
This summer Laura’s Friendship group, along with groups from 13 other churches, will participate in one of the eight Summer Friendship Gatherings supported by Connection Ministries. Five new churches will be participating in a Gathering this summer.
Each Gathering will fill three evenings with good food and fellowship, Bible lessons, music, prayers, discussion groups, and a service project. Our friends with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and volunteer companions will explore the truth that we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good things for God.
Besides being a great outreach event, the Gatherings help churches realize another aspect of our vision as they discover ways to “embrace” our friends with disabilities and all the people in their lives.
These Summer Friendship Gatherings raise awareness in churches as members volunteer to support the event, and even participate through interacting with our friends with disabilities. If you live in the Indianapolis area, there is a Gathering near you where you can volunteer. Give us a call!
You can also provide financial support. Friends with disabilities will not be turned away because of money. In fact, there are no fees to attend, only a free will offering. These events are entirely funded through donations that cover staff costs, printing, t-shirts and more. Every gift, large and small, makes a difference.
We ask for your prayers this summer; we hope to have 200 friends with disabilities, their families, and caregivers join us. Also, pray that God will bring new people to these Friendship groups like Laura and Joanna, and that He will add to our numbers daily those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).
Serving Christ with you,