The Benefits Of A Respite Ministry

November 14, 2011

Building Relationships, Resources

“Love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love will prove to the world that you are my followers” (John 13:34-35 NLT).

Families should not have to meet the challenges of raising a child with a disability without the love, care, and support of their congregation.  At First Baptist Orlando, volunteers can serve once a month in our Buddy Break ministry as a way to ensure that our families, and families in our community, feel welcomed and supported in our congregation.

The benefits to a congregation of providing respite are numerous, not only for the family and the respite provider, but for the congregation as a whole. These include:

  • increased family participation in congregation activities
  • increased awareness by members of the needs of families
  • increased sense of belonging for families
  • increased awareness by members of the barriers to participation by people with disabilities in the congregation and how to remove those barriers
  • new skills for volunteers
  • a positive image in the community and a sense of pride among the congregants of the valuable service they are providing.

God is using people who have a passion to serve in respite programs like Buddy Break to be a catalyst for opening faith communities to true hospitality.  We have a wonderful group of volunteers here at First Baptist Orlando who have been an essential part of making our Buddy Break ministry a success by sharing their time and the love of Christ!

If you are looking to be a part of something that God is doing in the lives of children and families, then without a doubt, Buddy Break is it!  Interested?  More information is just a phone call away:  407 514-4398.

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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