"Rejoicing in hope;
patient in tribulation;
continuing instant in prayer."
If you are a mom or grandma of a special needs child, we invite you to join us for our next time of fellowship and Bible study. See our calendar listing below for meeting dates, times and locations.
Mrs. Becky Smith; Mrs. Marceline McDowell
- Moms in Holland meets the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 am..
- If you are able, bring a breakfast dish to share.
Mar 11 - 9:30 am at 11 Cone St., Greenville
Apr 8 - 9:30 am at 430 Gravely Rd., Greer
May 13 - 9:30am at 7 Rosemont Dr., Greenville
June 10 - 6:00 pm at HTCS cafetorium
Our mission is to glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through His choosing to give us children with special needs. We shall strive to achieve this mission in the following ways:
1) To meet monthly for encouraging fellowship with one another.
2) To meet monthly for edifying testimonies and exhortation from the Word of God.
3) To pray together and individually for the spiritual growth and other needs of our children, to pray for one another as we strive to be godly mothers, and to pray for one another's personal concerns.
4) To reach out to other mothers of special needs children by encouraging them with the hope that is found only in the Lord, and inviting them to join our group.
5) To support and participate in other ministries of Faith Baptist Church designed to meet the needs of our children and others with special needs.
6) To be willing to be used of the Lord in any way He sees fit as He provides opportunities.
Welcome to Holland
by Emily Perl Kingsley
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability-to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this......
When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip-to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”
“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”
But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around...and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills...and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy...and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever go away...because the loss of that dream is a very, very, significant loss.
But...if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things...about Holland.
©1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved. Used with permission.