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Don't Stare, Say Hello!

Shelby Rabjohn is our new Special Needs Ministry Coordinator, and she is excited to pour her passion into Butterfly Ministry! She has a message for us to help us grow in relationship with our special needs families. Reach out to her at shelbyr@tmumc.org.

Hi y'all! I'm so excited to meet all of the families of Trietsch, so when you see me around please say hello. I would like to share a little bit about me and my vision for the Butterfly Ministry.

I spent my high school years here at FMHS where I became President of Circle of Friends my Junior and Senior year. After that I took a few courses at NCTC and later transferred to McMurry University for an opportunity allowing me to aide in a SPED class during the day at a Title I Elementary school and take classes at night. I got the chance to move back to my home town and thought I had life all figured out, but God had a different plan for me. During my time in Abilene I went through an ugly break up, I started to realize how much I disliked working in public school, and was diagnosed with Lupus. All these events forced me to put a stop to my plans and move back home to be closer with my family.

A few months later I started working for Special Abilities of North Texas (the organization that meets on the 3rd floor during the week). I have been so blessed to see so much of God in what I have been doing. I am currently responding to a treatment after 3 years of bad results, I have found a new calling in becoming the Butterfly Ministry Coordinator, and work part time with Special Abilities. I am very excited for this next step in my life and to see what God has in store for me.

Since starting in the Butterfly Ministry, I have made a lot of changes. Room 235 has had an upgrade and I would like to invite you to come by to see what progress has been made. We have a Facebook page – Trietsch Butterfly Ministry. We are currently looking for volunteers from 9:30 -10:30 (adults with special needs) and 11:00 – 12:00 (children with special needs) on Sunday mornings.  In our volunteers we are looking for people that have a desire in working with special needs individuals, have positive energy, and a whole lot of patience. If you know of someone that might be interested, please send them my way.  I can't wait to see this ministry grow.

I would like to familiarize the church with the presence of people with special needs. 

What has been taught for many generations when encountering people with special needs is not to stare. Instead of teaching not to stare, let's teach to say HELLO. Let's come out of our comfort zones and reach out to what is different. Reach out to their families, develop relationships, and show them the meaning of radical love. I would like to encourage you to try this with ALL the people you encounter in everyday life that seem different. We as people create a type of prejudice for certain people we don’t feel comfortable around, whether taught or from personal experiences. A prejudice that keeps us from coming into contact and even avoiding people. We were ALL created in HIS image. So, don't just stare, go up and say hello.

Posted by Alyssa Robinson at 11:41 AM
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