Perhaps many of you know the biblical story of Mephibosheth. He was the son of Prince Jonathan, who was King David’s brother-in-law and dearest friend. During the civil upheaval resulting from King Saul’s jealousy of David, Mephibosheth (who was only five) was accidentally dropped by his nurse during a flight and became lame on both his feet.
Later, after both King Saul and Prince Jonathan were killed in a war against the Philistines, David became the king of Israel, but rather than killing Mephibosheth (who could have been a contender for the throne), David took him in and provided for him for the rest of his life, declaring, “he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11). This beautiful (true) story sets an inspiring example for us in reaching out to care for those who are disabled, and David’s House Ministries here in GR has brought this story to life in our present day.
Started in 1987 by a retired minister and his wife, whose son
was developmentally disabled and would need care beyond their lifetime, David’s House now is the permanent “home” (not just residence)for 37 developmentally disabled men and women. (This sweet lady is the founders’ daughter and present director.)They are in the process of trying to double this numberto accommodate some of the 72 people on their waiting list.
Yesterday I visited David’s House, where my friend Paul serves as a fund-raiser. Paul fell through the bleachers at a ball game when he was three and suffered a closed-head injury that left him disabled by seizures for years. Eventually, a surgery totally alleviated his problems and restored him to a full and joyful life. He was working as an accountant at a bank until last year when he found out about David’s House and felt called to help with their mission, feeling a special compassion for the residents, as he might have suffered a similar fate were it not for his miraculous recovery.
As we strolled through the beautiful homes and grounds,
I was struck by seeing God’s hand prints everywhere. Paul told story after story of people from near and far who’ve been moved by God to contribute in various ways—not only their treasure, but their talents and time, and the result is a sparkling, state-of-the-art community of homes that radiate peace and rest…a place where people are treated with respect and compassion…truly like “the King’s sons,” which they are!If you’re interested in learning more, there will be a ground breaking/prayer blessing on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 pm at David’s House Ministries, with a light lunch following. You’re all invited! Just RSVP to Tiffany at: 616-284-4385 if you’d like to come!
Also, if you’re interested in finding out more, either about how you might be involved in this ministry or if you have someone who needs care, you can contact Paul at PWIERSMA@DAVIDSHOUSEMINISTRIES.ORG or enjoy pictures and information on their Facebook page: “David’s House Ministries.” Blessings!