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on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 15:21

by Marvin Miller
 
The three of us met on the first day of Kindergarten.  And like typical five year olds dropped into the strange world of structured yet unstructured education, we were amazed at all things new:  The green plastic army toys, the smooth grained wooden blocks, and the foreboding board books with grand illustrations and unknowable “words” on each page. 
 

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on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 16:38

by Marvin Miller
 
I could tell she was excited.  As a pastor, I always have a keen ear for testimonies, even if it’s not one from my own church.  I braced myself.  Literally.  I grabbed onto the wall – this might not be a short conversation! 
 

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on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 19:14

by Marvin Miller
 
I’m a pastor.  So you can imagine what Sunday mornings look like.  A last minute tweak to the sermon illustration here, a note from the head deacon there, a reminder to check in on a parishioner at the hospital.  So this particular Sunday morning started out like every other one of them.
 
Until it didn’t. 
 

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on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 14:45

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” Friendship Ministries is happy to celebrate, as we promote the inclusion and awareness of intellectual disabilities every day of the year. According to the 2010 census, approximately 56.7 million (18.7 percent) of the 303.9 million people in America’s population have a disability.

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on Monday, March 21, 2016 - 17:58

We’d like to introduce you to TOGETHER, an innovative, inclusive Bible study that will enable us to create a more collaborative community where all can participate fully as part of the body of Christ.
 

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on Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 18:34

Friendship is hosting its annual golf event on August 8, 2016, in Byron Center, Michigan. There are a lot of reasons why this golf outing is important and worth supporting. Think we’re biased? Probably true. So we gathered up a few testimonials from our friends and Friendship supporters to help us make the case.
 

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on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 15:36

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 who have intellectual disability.
 
 

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on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 14:03

February 14 can be hard.
 
It can be hard because of pressure. The pressure to find perfect gift, plan the perfect day. It can be hard because of singleness or loneliness or emptiness or isolation. It can be hard because of commercial hype or apathy or indifference. It can be hard … but it can also be good and valuable.
 
It can be an opportunity to be assured of love and assure others of love.
 
How can we make this February 14 - this Valentine’s Day - special for our friends with intellectual disability?

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on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 14:45

“Are you okay?”
 
“Everything hurts.”
 
“I know. You’ll be okay. You can do it.”
 

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on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 14:31

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 NRS)
 
I think sandwiches are great. So much so, I have become one myself. Yep, that’s me. Part of the sandwich generation. I have a son with Asperger’s who is maturing and gradually needing me a little less and mother who has a variety of health concerns and is needing me more. My mom took great care of me while I was growing up. I’m glad to return the favor.
 

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