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Posted by admin
on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 18:35

When Someone Says, “Why Bother?” PART 2
A blog series on the theological underpinnings of disability ministry.

Posted by admin
on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 17:30

When Someone Says, "Why Bother?"
A blog series on the theological underpinnings of disability ministry
 
Disability ministry requires rethinking an approach.
Disability ministry requires new models of ministry.
Disability ministry requires making a change.
Disability ministry requires additional resources and training and time.

And sometimes it’s uncomfortable, expensive, challenging, and difficult.
 
So, why bother?

Posted by admin
on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 14:28

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” (Henry David Thoreau) 

After seven eventful years of service on the board of Friendship Ministries, I’ve taken my leave of those duties. But the mission and meaning of Friendship will continue to hold me in its gracious and tenacious grip for the rest of my life.

Posted by admin
on Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 13:15

Heather has been on staff for several years... but how well do you really know her?
 
Name:  Heather DeBoer
 
Church:  ClearView Christian Reformed Church
 
Years with Friendship: on and off for 28 years
 
Previous occupations: Church Administrator, Educational Assistant, Personal support worker...
 
If you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you spend it? Having coffee with my friends.
 

Posted by admin
on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 15:26

Our former Executive Director, Nella Uitvlugt, received the 2014 Henri J.M. Nouwen Leadership Award posthumously on Thursday, June 26, from the AAIDD Religion and Spirituality Division. We are so thankful for Nella and the work she did on behalf of Friendship Ministries. God truly blessed us with her.
 
Here is the AAIDD’s description of the Award and Nella’s work:
 

Posted by admin
on Monday, July 28, 2014 - 16:03

"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."  Philippians 2:13
 
Sometimes it takes a long time to find out why.
 
It took more than 20 years before we had a partial answer to that question, as we asked why our daughter Karyn had to struggle with so many disabilities. Maybe that was the wrong question, but we couldn’t help but ask it.
 
Karyn was such a fun, happy baby. It was difficult to fathom why...
 

Posted by admin
on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 14:24

What Can I Do to Make Large Group Prayer More Meaningful?
 
If you’ve ever asked this question, you’ve probably asked another: “What is prayer?” The answer may be simple – prayer is talking with God – but of course this simple answer raises even more questions! And perhaps your old answers to these questions have changed as you’ve experienced prayer with people for whom spoken communication is difficult or impossible.
 

Posted by admin
on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:45

Tom VanWingerden recently came on board as the Executive Director of Friendship Ministries. Here's everything you ever wanted to know about him.
 
Name: Tom VanWingerden
 
Family: Mary, my wife of 36 years and a 4th grade teacher at Legacy Christian School in Grand Rapids; Erin (Scott) DeYoung and their children Samuel, John and Luke; Sarah (Justin) Bratt; and Tim VanWingerden
 
Church: Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
 

Posted by admin
on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 14:00

A Mentor Shares What Works
by Marie DeVries
 
Visit Anna.
This could mean so much to her, especially if she lives in a group home or seldom has visitors. Seeing her home setting will help you understand where she is coming from and what life is like for her outside of Friendship group. A visit will also let her know that she is an important part of your life.
 
Call David.

Posted by admin
on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 16:32

You’ve probably heard about the Cold Water Challenge:  

Thousands have accepted the challenge, plunging themselves into a body of freezing water, donating $10 to a named charity, and then encouraging others – via social media – to do the same.

But Friendship supporters and friends chose to accept another challenge in May: the 2nd Annual Friendship Challenge.

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