Heart Buddy Ministry Serves HHBC’s Families
Jack Miffleton, in his blog, “Today’s Liturgy with Children,” writes about Dennis, a thirteen-year-old who has a behavioral disability. Dennis often repeats what he hears two or three times. At mass, Dennis will sometimes repeat “Amen” or “thanks be to God” several times. At first this was a distraction to some, but now that he is better known, those around him often have to suppress the urge to join him. Dennis loves to sing hymns, and, he delights in “Holy, Holy, Holy,” especially when it is spoken. With humor and understanding, the pastor has pointed out that in his repetitions, Dennis is actually applying the Hebrew manner of expressing the ultimate tribute as the Prophet Isaiah did when he wrote: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.” Sometimes one “Amen” is just not enough for Dennis to express his heartfelt praise to God.
The Heart Buddy Ministry of Highland Hills has been about the work of providing ministry for those within our congregation who have special needs. We have sought to help these individuals to find their place in God’s Kingdom. Paul embraces individuals such as these when he writes: “There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. There are different works, but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone (1Corinthians 12:4-6). And sometimes one “Amen” is just not enough to respond to the wonder of the Holy Spirit!
We, the body of believers at Highland Hills, have been called to this ministry. We have been called to care for individuals who face some specific physical, emotional and mental challenges. We have been called to teach them, to care for them, and to make room for them. This ministry continues to grow, so we pray for God’s continued blessing upon this ministry and that more servants will hear the call to serve within this ministry.