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February 09, 2019

Embracing those with Special Needs

God has a heart for all of us -- in all our shapes, sizes, colors and abilities.  Families with children with special needs face struggles - doctors, benchmarks, isolation - that many don't understand.  But they also experience joys that many people never know.  Ed Stetzer talks with Missy Fairington, Special Needs Ministry Director of Highlands Church about their mission -- to share Christ with individuals with special needs, so they may experience the love of Jesus and become all that God desires them to be. 


Missy Farrington
Missy Farrington

Missy Farrington

Missy Farrington heads up the special needs ministry at Highlands Church in Scottsdale, Arizona called "In His Image."   Missy taught special education in Mesa public schools for eight years, then left the public school system and helped to create and build the special needs ministry at Highlands.  She has also earned certificates in Disability Ministry from Johnson Bible College and Joni and Friends. She taught a course, Beyond Suffering, A Theological View of Disability and Suffering, at Arizona Christian University and trains churches around the world on  how to minister to individuals with disabilities and their families. She has published a curriculum, Good Social Skills, a Bible study for individuals with disabilities. She believes that every person with a disability has value and that there is a plan and purpose for their life. Missy has been married for 21 years to her husband Doug and they have three children. 

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Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is Dean of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches; trained pastors and church planters on six continents; earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates; and he has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the Editor-in-Chief of Outreach Magazine, and regularly writes for news outlets such as USA Today and CNN.  He serves at his local church, Highpoint Church, as a teaching pastor.  Ed and his wife Donna have been married for more than 35 years and are the parents of three daughters.

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