Parents and Family
The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Ministry can connect you with WELS members and resources to assist you as you seek the spiritual well-being of your family members or neighbors with special needs. If you click on the titles of each of the paragraphs below, you will find more information to help you or those you care about.
Light for Parents
WELS parents who have raised children with extraordinary challenges have formed an IDMM ministry to pass on the blessings God gave them as they tended their families. They offer guidance for congregation members who want to help but are uncertain what to do . . .
He Cares/We Care
Many developmentally disabled children and adults experience a lot of isolation. He Cares/We Care mails cards and Christian letters to those who are developmentally disabled. You can register someone with a developmental disability by using the referral form.
New Friends, a Christian-based friendship network that is part of Jesus Cares Ministries, a ministry of WELS Kingdom Workers, connects teens and college students with families who have special needs children. Its purpose is to build relationships by focusing on abilities and not disabilities and to create a fun-filled atmosphere the entire family can come and enjoy.
Every summer, several WELS camps offer special programs for people with special needs. These WELS camps are designed for people with developmental disabilities:
- Camp Phillip Jesus Cares Camp, Wautoma, Wisconsin July 3-7, 2023, for persons with mild to moderate developmental disability, who are ambulatory. Learn more at campphillip.com/jcc. Informational letter and camp forms are available for download.
- Camp BASIC (Brothers And Sisters In Christ) is for persons age 10 and older with moderate developmental disabilities. Offered twice, the second and the third week in June. Learn more at campbasic.com.
- Joy in Jesus retreats in Minnesota (for those 18 and older) are held in September and October. Learn more at jesuscarescamps.org.
- Special Needs Family Camp at Camp Shiloh in Texas, April 19-21, 2024. Learn more at campshilohretreat.org/special-needs-camp.
“Give Me a Break” webinars for parents
Parents and families of children with special needs often need special spiritual support. We have prepared some webinars for parents on the subjects of enjoying the child God has given you, understanding clinical problems that might occur from a difficult parenting situation, and some encouraging tips for managing your time when pressed for time.