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特殊兒的呼聲

程續戰牧師

「我今年四歲,患有自閉症。我參加的兒童主日學,有時很嘈吵,吵耳的環境令我不安,我會大叫。當我大叫的時候,很多小朋友會用奇異的眼神盯著我,使我十分驚慌,因此我會叫得更厲害,令所有人都注視著我,叫我不知如何是好,直到老師帶我出班房,安撫我,在安靜的走廊,我才慢慢靜下來。如果班房不是這麼多人便好了,在安靜的課室,我會自在些。之後,老師帶我回到課室,我不斷重複說:『不要大叫!』老師便說:『安靜!不要再說重複的句子!』其實,我重複說話,是想用這個方法和大家說話呢!終於到放學了,媽媽見到我就罵我:『你在主日學又大叫,老師已投訴了很多次,你再大叫,我惟有不帶你來教會了!』爸爸跟著說:『不要再罵兒子了,他也不想的。如果教會開設特殊兒童主日學,針對特殊兒的需要就好了!』」


以上是綜合了幾個特殊兒例子的故事。傷健科過去幾年一直聽到不少特殊兒家長的訴求,但由於同工和資源有限,一直未能開辦特殊兒童主日學,以致有些家庭因此流失了,有些家庭甚至帶孩子去了一些信仰不純正的教會,我們心裡實在焦急。我們可以如何回應特殊兒的呼聲呢?感謝神!今年10月,於主日第四堂時段,我們將開設特殊兒童主日學,我們盼望與特殊兒及其家長同行:


1. 「讓小孩子到我這裡來,不要禁止他們,因為天國是屬於這樣的人的。」(太十九14)我們歡迎特殊兒來教會認識神,經歷神的愛,一生蒙福。


2. 「教養孩童走他當行的路,就是到老,他也不會偏離。」(箴二十二6)自小教導特殊兒行在神的真理中,成為我們的祝福。


3. 「你們要先求他的國和他的義,這一切都必加給你們。」(太六33)鼓勵家長和特殊兒以敬拜主為首,經歷神的恩典和力量,以面對生活中各樣的挑戰。


3月11日(主日)下午,我們將舉行事奉人員分享會,讓有負擔服事特殊兒的弟兄姊妹多方了解。我誠意邀請你來出席,我們稍後會在家事報告中呼籲。請你也為我們迫切禱告,求主預備籌備小組的核心成員,賜我們地方和約30位老師,求主賜我們合適的教材,在第一階段招生時,賜我們15位特殊兒的學生(K1-3,輕度自閉、智障、過度活躍和學習障礙的孩子)。


求主感動我們,一同回應特殊兒的呼聲。








Pastor's Sharing
The Cry of Special Needs Children
Rev Jenny Ching

“I am four. I have autism. Sometimes when the children’s Sunday School gets very noisy, I feel uncomfortable, and I scream. When I scream, I can see the astonished eyes of many kids looking at me. This scares me even more, and I scream even more loudly. Then everybody looks at me. I don’t know what to do until the teacher takes me out of the classroom to calm me down. It’s only in the quiet corridor that I begin to feel better. Oh how I wish there were fewer kids there! I like quiet classrooms. I would feel more at ease. Later, the teacher would take me back to the classroom, and I would keep repeating my words until the teacher says, ‘Quiet, please! Too loud! There’s no need to repeat yourself like that!’ My repetitions – yes, but I was only trying to talk! The lesson finally comes to the end. Mom is there, but she doesn’t like it. ‘You screamed at Sunday School again? The teacher has complained many times. You do that one more time and I won’t take you to church anymore!’ Then, Dad would say, ‘Hey, you’re hard on your boy again. He can’t stop it. How nice it would be if there is a Sunday School ministry for children with special needs!’”

The above monologue is reconstructed from real-life stories. Over the past few years, the Disability Ministry has received requests from parents but in view of the staffing and resource situation, we have been unable to start a Sunday School for special needs children. As a result, some families have dropped out. Some other families even took their children to churches that do not teach sound doctrines. This made us anxious. How can we respond to the cry of special needs children? Thanks be to God, this October, we will start a Special Needs Children’s Sunday School during the fourth worship session on Sunday (i.e., 12:15-1:30pm). It is our hope to walk with these children and their parents.

1. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) We welcome special needs children. We want them to know God and experience His love and grace all life long.

2. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Teach special needs children from young to walk in the truth of God so they become our blessing.

3. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) Encourage these parents and children to put worship first, and to experience His grace and mighty power so that they can face life’s various challenges.

On March 11 (Sunday) afternoon, we have a sharing session on serving special needs children to let brothers and sisters who have the burden to serve them know more. You are cordially invited to attend. An announcement is made in the Chinese Bulletin. Please pray earnestly for us. May God provide us with the preparatory committee’s core members, the venue, appropriate teaching material and about 30 teachers. We pray for 15 children (at K1-3, with mild autism, mental disability, hyperactivity or learning difficulties) for Phase 1 of the enrolment. May God move us to respond to the cry of special needs children together.