Are No Simple Projects!
& Vicky Broadfield
are no simple projects” has
been our motto over the years. As we have trudged through many
remodeling and repair projects, without fail, what seemed to start out
as a simple project quickly became involved and complicated. There was
the case of the leaky toilet. I made the trip to the hardware store to
purchase a new wax ring (that’s what seals the toilet to the waste
pipe in the floor). Should be simple; I’ve done it before, but this
our house was built, I found out, the drain pipe was installed a
little too high, causing a poor seal around the toilet and a slow
leak. Another trip to the hardware store, this time to purchase pipe,
wood for new sub-floor and joists, as well as new vinyl flooring. In
the end, I have invested a lot more than I expected in money, time and
effort. However this was the right way to do it and the end results
were what I had hoped for.
a child who is a struggling learner or has special needs is not a
simple project. Case in point – Sunday mornings. Daughter #1, our
typically developed daughter, at 12 years old can be sent to her room
to get dressed for church. She will return in a reasonable amount
of time, dressed and with her hair combed. She knows we are going
outside and will need her shoes. She knows we are going to church and
will need her Bible.
#2 doesn’t process that way. At 12, we still need to guide her in
picking out what to wear. She needs our help with her hair, as well as
many other things we took for granted in our typically developed
child. At the time when typically developed children are becoming more
and more independent, the special needs child might need the time and
energy given a preschooler (and our daughter’s difficulties are
minor compared to many folks with whom we cross paths). By the way, we
don’t dare send Daughter #2 alone to her room to find her shoes; she
can become so distracted she may never return!
a child who has special needs also is not a simple project. You
purchase a curriculum that is supposed to be great. You might have
even used it before, but for this child it doesn’t work. Buy a
“helps” book that’s recommended. Sounds great, but it doesn’t
help. You hear of a program that may be what you need, but it is in
the secular arena and you do not know what effects it will have on
your child. Will it eat away at the Christian values you are trying to
our personal quest for information on how best to meet the needs of
our special needs daughter, we found that it can be a very difficult
and time consuming task. There are resources and information
available, but they are often hard to locate and sometimes unbiblical.
Through a series of events, the Lord has led us to begin a ministry
to help other parents in their quest to teach and train their
is our desire to offer hope and help. We cannot solve everyone’s
problems; we cannot answer everyone’s questions, only Jesus can do
that. However, with much prayer we will endeavor to encourage and to
collect, assemble and categorize information in an orderly, easy to
use manner. We have developed a Web site for this purpose:
any of you have information or reference material you feel would
benefit others, or know of a support group or co-op that would be
supportive, please send
that information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the time I was working on that leaky toilet, I wished I had a plumber
friend who could have come alongside and helped me or even done the
job himself!. However,
the experience helped me to learn and grow.
Later then, I was able to help someone else with their
blessed us with a job to do, even when we feel inadequate.
II Corinthians 12: 9 says,“. . . My grace is sufficient for
thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
God has given us that specific child.
He chose that child for us and us for them before the
foundation of the earth was made.
He gave us the honor of teaching and training them, so they can
fulfill the purpose for which they were made, for which all of us were
made--to glorify God! Others
may help us, but we have to do the work.
We can only accomplish this awesome job by seeking God through
His word (Psalm 10:7-11: 119:92, 105), encouraging one another (I
Corinthians 1:3-7; Galatians), pooling our resources (Proverbs 11:14;
15:22) and through much prayer (Proverbs 16:3,9: James 1:5-6).
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.