How Raising a Child with a Disability can Affect Family Members

“Your child has a disability”—words that probably no parent would ever like to hear. Being faced with this reality can fill parents with a sense of panic and deep grief at first and can bring with it the fear of the unknown, the difficulties, the struggles and the pain that people generally associate with the word disability. Even though unofficial statistics in India tell us that 10% of the population has a disability of some kind or another, there is still little guidance here on what to do when one receives such a diagnosis. The devastation and emotional struggle seem even more intense when families do not know where to turn to for encouragement and practical help. As they grapple with this new reality, they [...]

By | 2017-08-24T19:27:51+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: In His Image|Tags: |

Prayers for the Differently-Abled

As a child, I used to spend many weekends and big chunks of my summer vacations at my grandparents’ house in a tiny village in Central Europe. One of their neighbors had a child like I’d never seen before. He couldn’t walk, he always sat in a stroller even though he was around my age, and his limbs looked kind of twisted. We rarely ever saw this family leave their house and there was always an air of secrecy surrounding them. My cousin and I used to peek through the fence to get a glimpse of the little boy soaking up some sun in the yard, mumbling to himself. The father was an alcoholic, and somehow everyone seemed to know the reason. Once they had [...]

By | 2017-03-28T05:30:12+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: In His Image|Tags: , |

USA Schedule Round-up

Fall is always an exciting and busy time of year for Reconciled World. We turn three in just under a month, and we have several Asia-based staff visiting the US in the next couple of months. They will be travelling across the country visiting supporters and speaking about our work. Check out the itineraries below. If they will be in your area and you want to connect, let Tessa know. They’d love to get together with you! September 27 – October 27 The director of In His Image visits the US every couple of years. It is an opportunity for her to reconnect with friends and supporters of In His Image. This year she will be spending a month in the US beginning on September 27th in [...]

By | 2017-09-05T20:12:42+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Categories: Ending Gendercide, Programs, In His Image|Tags: , , , |

Koti’s Story

Sometimes it takes years to see fruit from the seeds we sow. For the teachers at In His Image, patience is one of the most important assets, both in daily interactions with the students and as they look at the growth and development in each child year after year. Koti came to the center at 12 years old. His parents were at the end of their rope because of his violence and inability to stay still, focus, and follow directions due to autism. He was struggling with constant anger and would hit, kick, and fight every time he didn’t get his way. His father, a very hands-on, involved dad, brought him to In His Image alone. The teachers wouldn’t meet his mother for years. In His [...]

By | 2016-04-11T05:30:52+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Programs, In His Image, Stories|Tags: , |

Special Siblings

This voices from around the world comes to you from the director of In His Image. I was at a meeting when a pastor asked me about my family. As I shared about both my children, as well as the special needs of my family, his response was “How does your other child feel about the special needs child?” I was pleasantly surprised. It was a question hardly anyone ever puts to me. The sibling of a special needs child is somehow expected to be really understanding. When mothers are busy caring for the needs of their sibling, they are expected to gently wait, to help out, to tend to them. They have to be forever understanding, and are not even allowed the liberty of [...]

By | 2016-04-04T05:30:21+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Programs, In His Image|Tags: , |

Did God Make Me This Way? (Part Two)

The following is part 2 of a two part blog series originally posted on Elim Christian Services blog. You can read part 1 here. Two weeks ago, I posted a personal perspective on God’s purpose in disability. In it, I postulated that it is not a question of whether or not God made me this way (as a disabled person), but that He has a redemptive purpose in each life. In addition to several great blog posts on the issue of disability, Desiring God Ministries compiled this free e-book for you to download and enjoy. I want to follow that up by sharing what I’ve learned from others. […]

By | 2015-04-30T05:30:10+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Categories: In His Image, Learn and Apply|Tags: , |

A Girl With Autism, A Beloved Daughter

This is the story of a mother who loves unrelentingly…of a girl considered worthless by society, but who is priceless in the eyes of her mom. A little more than four years ago, Twinkle’s mother made a desperate decision. Finding no services for her autistic daughter in their rural village, Twinkle’s mother left her husband and three other children and moved with her to New Delhi. They’ve stayed with a relative in the city. For four years, Twinkle’s mother looked for a school that could really help Twinkle – not just babysit her. Finally, they found the In His Image Center, which (miraculously) had an opening in their vocational program for Twinkle. In His Image even provided a scholarship for Twinkle, seeing there was no way her mother [...]

By | 2015-04-27T05:30:58+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Categories: In His Image, Stories|Tags: |

Did God Make Me This Way?

In His Image regularly collaborates with and learns from Elim Christian Services here in the U.S. We love their work and their heart for the differently-abled. The following are reflections from Elim on the biblical worldview of disabilities. This article originally appeared on Elim’s blog. I was born with a disability. I have never liked the disability, but it is part of my every day life. It seems like it’s a part of me, and that I wouldn’t be the same person if I didn’t have a speech impediment. […]

By | 2015-04-23T05:30:25+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Categories: In His Image, Learn and Apply|Tags: , |

Vocational Training at In His Image

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the In His Image center. It was my second visit in as many years and I was surprised to see how much things had changed in such a short amount of time. One of the major changes was to the centers vocational training program. A year ago the program was little more than one room where the older students spent part of their day learning some very important life skills and on occasion making paper bags or jewelry. Now, the program has transformed into a bustling area with diverse learning opportunities for 16 students. […]

By | 2015-04-20T05:30:52+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Categories: In His Image|Tags: , |

Seeing God’s Image in Autism

Over the course of my lifetime I have spent only a matter of a few hours with those living with autism but I continue to be touched by their stories, accounts and cries. Just a few weeks ago I spent time at an educational center for autistic students in India and left challenged and blessed. The more I experience and learn the more I recognize the brilliance of God’s truth. I know very little about the disorder of autism, likewise I won’t pretend to be an expert in this post, but the one thing I do know is that there is beauty in every person and my brothers and sisters with autism who are filled with God’s image, are beautiful expressions of God’s goodness. [...]

By | 2015-04-16T05:30:31+00:00 April 16th, 2015|Categories: In His Image, Learn and Apply|Tags: , |
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