I want to start a child care service for children who have autism. I'm trying to figure out how to advertise the service. I don't know what your area is like, but my town is very bureaucratic. There are limited resources in my area. We have a few dominate families who get all the services, and then we have alot of families who receive little to no services. I call them the "haves" and the "have nots."
The "haves" control all of the state funding for autistic kids, and they provide all these workshops with all these different doctors and stuff that really doesn't amount to any real legitimate help for the "have nots."
Well needless to say, I've been trying desperately to provide help for the "have nots." It's the Jesus in me that tells me that I need to do something. I am experiencing some road blocks from the "haves." They always want me to work through the traditional system that is suppose to provide help for families with developmental disabilites. This system is biased towards the "haves."
I'm trying to figure out how to break through. We need to create a community for the disabled where we are all helping one another. We have an autism support group but this group is run by the "haves." They have no interest in helping families other than providing speakers and workshops. In some ways, I think they are afraid to help others because they don't want to lose their benefits.
I know that with God, all things are possible. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. I know that looking for a cure is very important and listening to the latest research has it's place. But what did Jesus teach us?
Jesus said this in Mark 12:30, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." We all know this commandment, but what does this truly mean? This means that I should want other children to have access to the same resources that my child has. I should want my neighbors to prosper along side of me. I should treat my neighbors the way I would want to be treated. "Haves" and "have nots" should not exist among God's people. We should share everything we have. If we know all this, then why don't we do it?
The answer is quite simple. We don't do it, because we lack faith. We are afraid to give up our possessions and help others because we don't trust God. The local autism support group is not willing to help out more, because they don't trust God. But I know God and I trust God that whatsoever I do to glorify the Mighty Name of Jesus, that He will bless me and bless others through me.
When we operate according to God's laws and His plans, that's when He provides the blessing. The greatest thing we can do is put our selfishness aside and operate according to God's law.You may be sitting at home reading this blog feeling bad because your child has autism, and you can't find any help. The greatest thing you can do right now is reach out to another family like yours and offer help in Jesus Name.
My family is no different than yours. I have an autistic child and a husband, and we don't get any financial assistance from the government. We don't get SSI benefits or Food Stamps. But rather than focus on what I don't have, I am determined to love in Jesus Mighty Name. Knowing that with Love comes blessing from our Eternal Father. I am not afraid and I am not worried, for I know that God Will Help Me Break Through.
May God bless you on this great and wonderful day!