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Discovering special hope in the stories of those living with special needs, those who strive to minister to special needs families, and the God who is making all things new.

Discovering special hope in the stories of those living with special needs, those who strive to minister to special needs families, and the God who is making all things new.
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Discovering special hope in the stories of those living with special needs, those who strive to minister to special needs families, and the God who is making all things new.






Transitioning a Child to Residential: Battling Fear, Grief, Guilt, and Striving for Hope with Debbie Abbs

As a special needs parent, have you felt fear about your child’s future? Do you struggle with doubts about decisions you’ve made, grief over the fact that you even had to make those very decisions? Do you feel guilty for either how you’ve handled a situation, or even your own emotions? Sarah Broady talks with Deb Abbs about “the other ‘R’ word,” as Deb puts it, Residential, through their family’s story of transitioning their teenage son Luke from home to a residential boarding school for...


The 5 Love Languages for Special Needs Families is Finally Here

Jolene Philo and Dr. Gary Chapman have co-authored a book on the 5 love languages just for special needs families and it is finally here! Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities is available for purchase through Jolene's website, or on Amazon. Host Sarah Broady talks with Jolene about the book, how it came into being, all the ideas for families to use the 5 love languages with their families - with spouses,...


Meant for Community: An Interview with Lorna Bradley

Lorna Bradley's research focuses on how churches can provide a holistic welcome to families raising children with special needs by meeting the emotional and spiritual needs within the entire family. She is the author of Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving, has led parent support groups for seven years and worked in welcoming ministries for ten years. Sarah and Lorna discuss specific ways churches can minister to *and with* special needs families and share stories of hope as...


When You Can't Talk About Hard Things

As a special needs parent, sometimes there are just some things we can't share. What if people don't understand? Some things are too private and would be embarrassing to our child if we talked about it. But it's still something we as a parent are experiencing and need to process. How do we talk about the really hard things without really talking about it? Is that even possible? This is a solo episode by host Sarah Broady as she talks through reasons we can't talk about hard things, and what...


Becky Davidson on Rising Above Ministries and the Legacy of a Special Needs Dad | Father's Day Special Edition

This special Father's Day episode is dedicated to the memory of Jeff Davidson. Becky talks through their story and the genesis of Rising Above Ministries, as well as the beautiful but heart-breaking story of how Jeff's last legacy, Common Man, Extraordinary Call-Thriving as a Dad of a Child with Special Needs, came into being two years after his passing. Today's story is one of beauty mixed with grief encased in hope. Stay tuned for a message from Jeff and a shout out to dads, especially...


When Your Child is Hurting: An Interview with Evana Sandusky

Where is God when your child is hurting? How do we pray for them? How do we cope in the face of crisis and chronic illness? Evana Sandusky talks about her children's medical complexities, stories of their life, how her faith was challenged, and how she overcame doubts about God. Evana is a God-fearing wife and mother of two children. Her daughter has Down syndrome and a complex medical history. Professionally, Evana is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice. Read the...


Building Community with Cara Milne

What does it feel like to truly belong? Cara Milne talks with Sarah Broady about her book, "Building Community: Practical Ways to Build Inclusive Communities for People Who are Vulnerable". We discuss Cara's story of entering the disability field, what "community" really looks like, belonging, and the intersection of faith and disability. Read Cara's interview show notes to read more about Cara. Find Cara on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her website, MPowered Planning.


Jason Hague: Aching Joy

Jason and Sarah discuss Jason’s book, Aching Joy, and we dive deep into being transparent, choosing joy, embracing pain, and especially finding hope.


Bronwyn Murphy: On Building Positive Relationships with Ministry Leaders

Bronwyn Murphy is both the mother of a child with special needs as well as a ministry leader in her church, and founder of a special needs support group for moms in California. We talk about strategies both parents and ministry leaders can use to welcome individuals with special needs into the church and how to openly communicate needs. She offers wonderful hope and encouragement for both parents and ministry leaders to persevere even when things are hard. Bronwyn serves as the Inclusion...


Redefine Special: An Interview with Melanie Gomez

Sarah and Melanie discuss special needs motherhood and Melanie's devotional, Bundle of Joy. Married for 25 years, Melanie is the mom of two young men, one of whom was born with a rare genetic disorder. Their family resides in sunny South Florida where she attempts to balance a full-time career, in Human Resources, full-time caregiving, and full-time passion for ministry to other special needs parents. You can find her writing on the Special Needs Parenting blog at Key Ministry and her...


Ability Ministry with Ryan Wolfe

Regardless of the size of the church, community outreach to the disability community is not only possible, but commanded by Jesus himself. We are here to help. Most churches aren’t opposed to the idea of getting involved in Disability Ministry, they just don’t know where to start. We can come up with a customized plan for any church. Ability Ministry Website Facebook Twitter Instagram


Embracing Life with Jenn Soehnlin

Jenn shares her story dealing with grief after an autism diagnosis, how God met her on the beach, and how she has moved forward in hope. Jenn Soehnlin is a middle school English teacher, writer, and mother to two sons, whom she describes as “precious little lads who are precious blessings and who both have special needs.” Her heart is to share encouragement and God's truths with moms who are also traveling the special needs parenting journey. When she’s not busy taking her boys to yet...


John Felageller on Fatherhood, Relationships, and Autism

John Felageller discusses his journey as a dad with his son's autism, how it affected their marriage, his relationship with his son, their friends, and how deeply it impacted him as a dad. So many people can hear their own story in his, and despite struggles, there is beautiful hope to hold onto. Find John on Facebook @johnsspecialneedsblog, on Twitter @jfelageller74, and Instagram @jfelageller. You can check out his blog posts on Key Ministry's Special Needs Parenting blog,...


All About Autism and Hope: An Interview with Samuel Broady

A Special Hope kicks off with a very special guest: Samuel Broady. I had the pleasure of interviewing my own son for Episode 1 of this podcast. Sam talks about what it's like having autism, what he hopes for his future, his faith, trying not to break the TV, and (bonus content!) how to make stovetop popcorn with even more foodie bonus content to follow.



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