At Special Gathering, which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community, we often say that we survive because of the good-will efforts of many people.  Today, I’m extremely grateful to a staff member from our Brevard programs, Carmine DiBiase.  After a hard day at work and long ministry evening, he came home to make a new CD of  Fun Songs for our New Year’s Fun and Game program in Vero today. 

Thank you seems to be small payment for something that means so much to me.  However, a thank you is sometimes all we have to give for such a great gift.  In teaching our members, one of the things we try to instill is sense of gratefulness.  “Do you express gratitude for the rides people give to you?”  is a question we often ask them.  “Are you telling people how much you appreciate what they do for you?”  Our members are mentally challenged or mentally retarded.  The main focus of our ministry is evangelism and discipleship.  Therefore, teaching (and reminding) our members of the basic essentials are an important part of what we do.

However, it’s at times like this that I’m reminded how grateful I must be for the efforts of others.  Whether they are our co-workers, our partners in ministry, our sponsoring congregations or our volunteers, we could not do what we do without their help and energetic support.

Thanks, Carmine.  And thank you to all the wonderful people who hold up our arms as we share the goodness of God to people who need to hear about God’s goodness and grace.