Ralph loves Ana and each of his adopted children.
By Carl Stagner
If you’ve been to many camp meetings across the country, chances are you’ve sat under the bold preaching or inspirational worship leading of pastor and evangelist Ralph Watts. The pastor emeritus of Columbus West Church of God in Columbus, Ohio, is used to sharing Bible stories and passages that point to Jesus Christ. But his own story points to Christ, too, one that is nothing short of remarkable. He and his wife Karen have fostered a total of thirty-five special needs children over the years, and have adopted fourteen. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged adopting, Adoption, children, Columbus, Columbus West Church of God, disability, foster care, fostering, handicap, Karen Watts, kids, mentally challenged, OH, Ohio, Ralph Watts, special needs, students, Timothy Clarke
VBS 2017 at South Side Church of God.
By Lydia Sergeant
South Side Church of God in St. Louis, Missouri, held a fantastic Vacation Bible School late in the summer. This was their second year to host a Bible school that not only included children from their own church, but also families of children with special needs. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged children's ministry, community, disability, families, family, handicap, kids, Lydia Sergeant, Missouri, MO, outreach, parents, Saint Louis, South Side Church of God, special needs, St. Louis, Vacation Bible School, VBS
Photo: Special needs guest arrives at the prom.
By Carl Stagner
“I never thought I would be helping my daughter get ready for a prom,” one parent said. This daughter is among a group of people often overlooked or forgotten. But Jesus has never overlooked or forgotten them. He sees them. He sees their need. He sees their intrinsic worth. The Church of God congregation in Falkville, Alabama—known as Fairview: The Grace Place—has put on heaven’s glasses. They’re seeing what Jesus sees—people made in the image of their Maker, and worth all the love in the world. That’s why they recently hosted a prom for seventy people with special needs, complete with hair and makeup care, shoe shining, crown or tiara, delicious food, a limousine, and red-carpet treatment. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Southeast
Tagged AL, Alabama, community, dance, disability, Fairview The Grace Place, Falkville, handicap, love, Milan Dekich, Night to Shine, outreach, prom, special needs, Tim Tebow