Friday, Nov. 9
Keynote Speaker: Seeing God’s Blessings During Unimaginable Suffering
Is it possible to see God’s blessings in your life while you watch your child suffer in unimaginable ways? The answer to that question is an emphatic YES! Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” It is when we are in our greatest pain and at our weakest moments that the Lord is closest to us. In those times, if we choose to have eyes that see, we will experience the greatest blessings we have ever known.
Speaker Bio: Lisa Jamieson is an author and family caregiver advocate who serves as executive director of Walk Right In Ministries and leads the Minnesota Disability Ministry Connection. She has written several books and Bible studies including Finding Glory in the Thorns which she co-wrote with her husband, Larry. Her new children’s book, Jesus, Let’s Talk helps young people of all abilities to learn the basics of prayer and personal connection with Jesus. Lisa has a passion to help people experience intimate relationship with their Savior Jesus Christ and thrive in life, especially when facing the challenges associated with disability and chronic health conditions. Lisa and Larry have three grown children. Their daughter, Carly, has Angelman Syndrome and lives happily with them at home in Minnesota.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Keynote Speaker: Finding Glory
Lisa’s family experienced God tangibly amidst extraordinary challenges raising their severely handicapped daughter, Carly. The process of navigating the way to surrender, faith, hope and joy was like a bumpy road. Yet God met her family and their church with His presence and power as they walked together in faith and obedience through adversity. Lisa shares encouraging and inspiring lessons about how God surprised an entire community with love.
Breakout Session Topics:
Primitive Reflexes & Neurology
EQ - Building Emotional Regulation and Awareness
Mental Health Issues
Inclusions as an Experience
Building Family Connectedness
Straight Talk and Strategies for Coping with Special Needs and Parenting Stress
Pastor’s Q & A
Adapting the Five Love Languages for Kids with Special Needs and Disabilities