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Shaping Special Hearts: Ministry to Special Needs Parents 03/11 by CMConnect | Religion Podcasts

I can’t tell you how excited I am about tomorrow’s show with special guest, Barbara Dittrich. We are continuing a series of conversations about how to support the parent of a child with special needs. These shows were designed to meet the needs I hear ministry leaders expressing when they ask: How can I communicate with this special needs mom/dad? Why aren’t they more forthcoming about their struggles? What are their emotional and spiritual needs?

This show is going to go a long way to answering those very questions.

Ministering to the emotional, spiritual, & physical needs of anyone is a tall order. When special needs parents are those people they can appear, in the words of our guest Barb Dittrich, like a “big ol’ bundle of need.” Join us as we discuss practical, yet meaningful ministry to these parents.

Barbara Dittrich is a nationally published author and speaker with a special heart for those raising children with chronic disorders, diff-abilities, and special needs. Wife to her beloved Steve for over 20 years, they raise their three children in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin. With diagnoses including hemophilia, severe allergies, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder in the household, Barbara faces life’s challenges with humor and compassion. Foundress of Snappin’ Ministries Inc, she energetically shares with others what God has hidden in her heart as she walks in devotion and obedience to Him.

If you can’t join us live, be sure to listen later to this or other Shaping Special Heartsshows in the archive at

Shaping Special Hearts: Ministry to Special Needs Parents 03/11 by CMConnect | Religion Podcasts.



Vangie is the Director of Sparrow's Nest Play, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching creation care, nature play and just living. She also writes, teaches and speaks about her experience as the parent of a child with Autism. She holds a B.S. in Christian Ministry and an M.A. in Contemporary Theology. She seeks to synthesize perspectives in theology, disability and ministry.

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