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Posted by admin
on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:41

by Erik W. Carter

Read Part 1:  On Belonging
Read Part 2:  Dimensions of Belonging

Posted by admin
on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 15:24

by Erik W. Carter
Read Part 1: On Belonging
 
We all want to be part of some larger community. To find our home in the midst of others. Although a sense of belonging is no less important for people with disabilities and their families, it can sometimes seem more elusive.
 

Posted by admin
on Monday, May 9, 2016 - 19:25

by Erik W. Carter
 
We were not made to be alone.
 

Posted by admin
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. 
 

Posted by admin
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! 
 

Posted by admin
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. 
 

Posted by admin
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.

Posted by admin
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.
 

Posted by admin
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.
 

Posted by admin
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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