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Posted by admin
on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 15:05

Generosity comes in many forms. Whether it’s teaching, taking care of someone, giving a gift, or loving someone, generosity is a beautiful thing. We see so many amazing kinds of generosity in Friendship groups around the world, and they inspire us to give more every single day.

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on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 14:26

We continue our spotlight series this week with a new blog from Woodlawn CRC and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, MI. This spotlight series shares inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting stories of friends and mentors choosing to be salt and light to those they know and love. Hopefully they inspire you to continue the work you do in your own church to share God’s love with people with intellectual disability.
 

Posted by admin
on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 19:34

Join us on Monday, June 29, at our first annual golf outing at Railside Golf Club in Byron Center, Michigan! Here are just a few reasons to join as at this unique, first-time-ever event:
 

Public Access

You will have the opportunity to play 18 holes on a private course! Railside Golf Club is a private golf club that has kindly allowed us to host our event on their stunning grounds. Their course has been consistently ranked among the best in the area. You won’t want to miss ths!
 

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on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 14:00

We are eager to continue our spotlight series this week with a new blog from Trinity Presbyterian Church, located in Louisville, Kentucky. This spotlight series shares inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting stories of friends and mentors choosing to be salt and light to those they know and love. Hopefully they inspire you to continue the work you do in your own church to share God’s love with people with intellectual disability.
 

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on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 19:56

This is the third and final blog in our series answering the question:  How do you befriend an individual with higher needs? The first blog encouraged you to assume that your friend, though seemingly unaware of his or her surroundings, is actually very aware. The second blog provided a few tips and tools that may be helpful in walking friends through Bible study lessons.

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on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 14:26

This is our second blog in a series answering the question:  How do you befriend an individual with higher needs? The first blog encouraged you to assume that your friend, though seemingly unaware of his or her surroundings, is actually very aware. This blog will help you walk through Bible study lessons with your high needs friends.
 

Posted by admin
on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 18:58

Mentors encounter individuals with varying degrees of ability and disability throughout their time at Friendship Ministries. One question that we are often asked is this: how do I best befriend and mentor an individual with higher needs? No doubt this can be a challenge, but it is a worthy challenge to accept. Over the course of the next three weeks, we’ll share a few tips/tools to better walk alongside these friends.

Posted by admin
on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 20:18

Our office receives phone calls, emails, and letters from Friendship groups across North America on a regular basis. They are often filled with encouraging and uplifting stories of friends and mentors being salt and light to those they know and love.
 
Over the next several weeks we’d like to share some of those stories. Hopefully they’ll serve to inspire you and the work you do in your own ministry!
 
The first story in the series comes from the Smithers Friendship Group, which meets at Smithers Christian Reformed Church in British Columbia.
 

Posted by admin
on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 15:06

by Linda Aalderink
 
We’ve just come through the Christmas season, and we have heard the word “joy” talked about, we’ve seen it on Christmas cards and ornaments, and we have listened to the word “joy” as it’s been read from the Christmas passage in Luke 2. It is a season of great joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
 

Posted by admin
on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 16:05

Stage 5:  Co-laborers
 
This is the 6th and final week in our blog series discussing The 5 Stages: A Journey of Disability Attitudes. This entry concerns the 5th and final stage: co-laborers.
 
The co-laborer stage is described in this way:
 

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