Several months ago, I asked the question, "How Do Those With Special Needs Serve in Your Church?" and I went on to describe how Kathy, a blind woman in our church, had stepped forward to tell Bible stories to our children during VBS week.
it didn't stop there. My husband has begun selecting hymn stories for
our worship service and giving them to her so she can listen to them on
her page reader and memorize the content. Then, about once a month or
so, someone brings a microphone to her during the worship service, and
she introduces the song and tells the story behind its writing. It is so
neat to hear these stories, and even "neat-er" that it's enabling
someone whom others might overlook to be an important part of our
This year during Bible school, our Kathy really blossomed
and helped us in so many ways. She signed up to be a helper in what
turned out to be our largest children's class. She labeled the pictures
in Braille so she'd know which one to hold up when; and again, she
memorized the stories to tell to the class.
In addition, during
breaks, she listened for when people were walking by or sounded busy and
asked if there was anything she could do to help. "I'm just sitting
still when my hands could be busy," she'd say. That offer was a
lifesaver for me one particular morning when I had 100 pieces of paper
to wad up and I'd forgotten to prepare that part of my lesson ahead of
She and her sister also did a lot of the "grunt work" for
the decorating committee, and I'm sure if she never has to wad up
another piece of newspaper to stuff into a fake boulder, she'll be
There were a few humorous moments, though. Several
times she'd admonish some of the children to "stop running, you'll get
hurt!" as they clamored by. I'm glad she cared, except that many times,
the children weren't running. It just had sounded like they were.
I just would smile to myself. I didn't have the heart to tell her.
I originally posted this on a separate blog, and received the following comment: