Years ago we had our comedic artist friend “Guy In The Attic” designs draw the goofy cartoon pictured here for our ministry. The intent was to capture just one of the many frustrating things that Christians fire at parents of children with special needs. From personal experience, we knew what a challenge it is parenting kids with unique abilities within the Christian community.
But yesterday, God loudly reminded us how much this issue resonates with other parents and with those serving! Our post, Is Assimilating Parents of Children with Special Needs The Best Option? was one of our most read and shared posts of all time. While our organization finds this tremendously affirming in our mission, we certainly know that God intends far more than one ministry to stand up and pay attention to parents of children with special needs.
To that end, we’ll spend tonight’s #SpnMin TweetChat discussing the topic. At 8 PM, CST tonight, we will talk about things like, the fact that we parents face a unique combination of challenges that others in the church don’t face; why typical small groups can be difficult for special needs parents; what the church needs to get right in order to welcome us into Christian community; and what deep spiritual questions parents like us wrestle with.
If you have never participated in a TweetChat before, merely follow these instructions:
First, you must have an established Twitter account. If you don’t already have one, simply go to http://www.twitter.com and set a free account. When participating in the chat for the first time, click on the following link: http://tweetchat.com/room/spnmin.
You will be prompted through an easy three-step process.
When you click “Sign In”, you will then be asked to “Authorize an Application” through your Twitter account. To attend, you will have to click the blue “Authorize App” button.
Once you have done so, merely type in the name of the chat (hashtag) you wish to attend at the top of the page, and click go. For our chat, type in spnmin. Now you’re in the chat room! But you’re not finished yet.
To keep most current with the conversation, go to the upper left hand side of the screen and click on “Refresh Speed”. Slide the tab down to 5 seconds. This will keep you up-to-date with the scrolling conversation. Remember, just like on Twitter, you are limited to only so many spaces for your comments…in this case 132 characters. You don’t have to add the #spnmin hashtag after every post. TweetChat adds the hashtag automatically.
Hope to see YOU tonight!!!