13,281 Orlando Families Looking For A Church Home

November 29, 2011

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Every once in a while you come across a statistic that grabs your attention.  Here’s one that caught my eye the other day:  the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) department for the Orange County Public School System (OCPS) provides special education and related services to 32,000 OCPS students!  32,000!

But wait.  That’s not the statistic that grabbed my attention.

Here’s the stat that caught my eye…and my heart:  13,281.

These are the numbers that as a believer who has a passion for God, a passion for people, and a passion to serve grabbed my attention:  13,281.  That’s the number of families in Orange County who have a child with special needs that would be open to attending a church that could meet their needs.

How did I arrive at that number?  Here’s how:

  • 32,000 students are receiving special education and related services in the OCPS.
  • The Baptist Press reports that 90% of families who have a child with special needs do not have a church home.  Therefore, 90% of 32,000 =  26,562.
  • George Barna tells us that only 50% of Americans claim that they attend church on any given Sunday.  Going strictly by that percentage, then 50% of 26,562 = 13, 281.
  • 13,281.  The potential number of Orange County families who have a child with special needs that would be open to attending church…if they could find one to accomodate their special needs child!
  • According to my own research, only 15% of churches in Orange County have a special needs ministry…and First Baptist Orlando happens to be one of them!

Okay, I’ll admit that my number could be off…a little.  But I think you get the idea.  There are a lot of families in Orange County who have a child with special needs.  A lot of families who want to find a church they can call “home.”  And the Special Friends Ministry wants to help…but we can’t do it without YOU.

I’m inviting you to become passionate  and invest yourself in the life of ONE child with special needs.  I’m asking you to consider making a difference in the lives of ONE family.   Volunteer to be a helper in our Special Friends Ministry and make it possible for ONE more family to call First Baptist Orlando home.   That’s all it takes to show God’s love to ONE family in need…call us at 407 514-4398 today.

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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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