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Shaping Special Hearts: Special Needs VBS can Start Small

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Take one of the most dynamic summer outreach programs churches have to offer and add children or adults with special needs. What do you get? It depends on how prepared your church is to embrace making small changes to your program.

Listen in as Vangie interviews Judi Hangan Cooper about how her church, though small in size, meets the challenges of providing a Special Needs VBS for their community. With the motto "one child at a time," Judi and her team are using this evangelistic tool to spread the gospel to families affected by disability in a meaningful way.

Judi Hangen Cooper has been the Director of Faith Formation at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA for the last 12 years.  She began a Special Needs Ministry 4 years ago to meet the needs of one family. It has grown into a ministry that includes Sunday School; childcare during worship; a monthly support group; quarterly worship experiences for the whole family; respite care; first communion program; and a special needs VBS.  Before joining the staff at King of kings she worked for AT&T for 20 years as a manager and trainer.


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