Friday, June 14, 2013

Dreams become Reality

My friend, Joel Anderson (no relation) has had a dream since he was a little boy: to go to China.  This summer it comes true..and in so doing the prayers of many others may be answered as well.

A team of 10 professionals, parents, autism specialists (Joel included) will visit China to teach caregivers in an orphanage the autism interventions that Joel grew up with and have resulted in his proficiency today.  Teaching methods that are common here in the States but not necessarily in China where cultural perceptions are quite different.

In preparation for the trip Joel has painted Noah's Ark banners for the children's rooms. He also produced this mini-documentary to show Chinese officials and leaders ways children on the autism spectrum can become contributing members of society.

Although I can barely imagine the flight with my Reid, I am continually encouraged by watching what Joel accomplishes in consistent, manageable steps. Who's behind his success? His mom, Sandi, is a paragon of encouragement and creativity.  As much as any paid therapist we've hired, she injects the right shot of adrenaline or creativity or optimism every time I call her in a quandry.

I hope you have a friend like Sandi to remind you all things are possible.  I hope you have a role model like Joel to show you dreams become reality.

Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name. 2 Samuel 22:49-51 

“But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.”  Mark 4:19-21

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