They have opened up something they call “The Champions Club“. It is a set of Sunday school rooms specifically set up for kids with special needs. Rooms specifically for children with Down Syndrome, Autism, hearing or sight impairment, and learning disabilities. They aren’t the first church in the nation to do this, but they are one of the first. They have 4 rooms that are set up perfectly for these kids. Not set up perfectly within budget mind you. Just set up perfectly. These rooms would make any secular rehab facility drool. I spent some time talking with their kids pastor Betsy Frost. She told me how they had a kid in the group that had been thrown out of another church because “they didn’t know what do with him”. Now he is flourishing and learning about Christ.
I know what you are thinking…”That’s great Johnny, but Rockford is a huge church with a big budget….how can we do this kind of thing?”. Glad you thought that, because I did. Fact is, they didn’t have the money. They just had the vision. The vision to reach out to the least among us. The kids that are usually ignored, many times forgotten, and too often written off. They presented the vision to the church and the church made it happen…..quickly. Remember, that money is just a thing that God can take care of if you are doing what He wants…..and money is NEVER necessary to reach out to those He calls you to reach out to.
So I say all that to say this. What “least” have you ignored? In your ministry. In your life. Maybe you had an idea to reach the homeless, or the convicted. Maybe it wasn’t special needs kids, but special needs adults. Whoever you consider the least in your ministry or life…..what are you doing to reach them? Because that is exactly who you should be aiming for:
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
Because in the end….we are all the least. None of us is great than the other. We all face the same maker, and everything that makes us great or small is simply hollow window dressing. We are the least…..all of us. So reach out to someone that is….just like you. Reach the least.
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