During the summer of 2013, I had the privilege of interviewing David Glover from PURE Ministries on Shaping Special Hearts. A few weeks after the interview, I received a call from David asking if I could be interested in helping them develop resources for this free ministry network to equip churches seeking to serve people with special needs. (David’s actual words were, “I’ve been thinking and I want you on my side.”) Soon I began writing, blogging and conducting trainings for churches interested in ministering to those we call “PURE.”
P Perfectly created by a loving sovereign God, designed for his purposes
U Unique in his or her own gifts, blessings, desires, talents, and contributions
R Receptive and responsive to our communication, touch and acts of love
E Eternal: there are no disabled souls
The stated mission of PURE is what I had found myself more and more dedicated to through the process of writing my thesis and partnering with Standard Publishing on both their HeartShaper and VBS curriculum.
PURE Ministries is an organization focused on“awakening“ everyday Christians to the needs and joys of knowing PURE people around them. PURE Ministries is people dedicated to ministering the grace of Jesus Christ to children, adolescents and adults with special needs, as well as their families. PURE Ministries reaches out to anyone whose daily life is impacted by a physical, intellectual, emotional, or medical disability. Realizing that in most world cultures (including the United States), when children are born or become physically, emotionally, intellectually, and/or medically disabled, their lives and the lives of their family are destined to be far more difficult, different, and challenging than the average person realizes and comprehends. As typical people live their daily lives, concerned with and focused on their own individual worlds, there are people with special needs and families all around them struggling just to survive.
In November of 2013, I accepted the role of Executive Director of this ministry. This amazing team of people has encouraged me to pursue my passion for equipping ministries to welcome the PURE among us across our nation. I honored to serve alongside them and under the direction of our board. You can find training presentations, blog articles, QuickStart Guides and Respite Theme Guides to help you begin your PURE Ministry on our website.