HOLISTIC CARE TRAINING PROGRAM 2
Student W: I am a special education teacher at a parent support centre for special needs children. I only became aware of this special group of children after joining the centre. In three short years, I have worked closely with these children and realise the difficulties they and their parents face. I want to use God’s love to help them. The training team provided me with support and help just when I was facing challenges and needed training. This has helped me grow both professionally and spiritually. I am grateful for God’s preparation and leading.
In just five days of training, I learned about caring for the whole-person and holistic care; and that while working with parents and children, we also need to establish a close relationship with God. We enjoyed learning through lively talks, setting specific goals in home visits, discussing case studies, and doing practical exercises. Repeated review of the material helped us understand the specialty deeply, so that we would have the courage and confidence to provide the parents of special needs children the tools for child intervention.
I feel now that I am fully equipped, much more confident when facing parents and conducting the first semester’s parent group training. The parents are looking forward to next semester’s small group class and I am looking forward to learning more about the inner relationship with God.
Student Z: I am a nurse working in the infectious disease ward. Aside from work, I also volunteer at an organisation serving disabled orphans. But in my work, I gradually felt exhausted, empty and helpless.
When I first attended the training session for special needs children, I could feel the unconditional acceptance and love of the teachers towards disabled children. Not only did they have in-depth knowledge of special education, they were also totally committed to the children and enjoyed their work. During the training, I was sometimes a participant and other times an observer. Just as I was burning out, I revived. Those children whom I previously considered unlovable, worthless, with autism or cerebral palsy, are precious because all life is valuable, worthy, and lovable. Feeling empty, dry, without love – I have been searching for love yet have not found it. In the pursuit of love, I am still learning, but I hope I shall improve day by day.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ( John 13:34-35)
Student Y: While I have a burden to care for orphans, I realise that I do not know how to help them. When working with them, I feel helpless and lost. There are voices telling me that I am wasting my time with these children. However, after attending this training session for special needs children, I realise that if we are willing to spend more time, put more effort, use various methods, they would feel loved, cared for, and valued. Then their lives would be transformed.
I learned a lot in this training – from being totally lost and helpless to being able to understand how to systematically care for this group of special needs children. For instance, I learned how to assess their development, set objectives tailored to their needs, and design appropriate lesson plans using simple activities and games that would allow the children to learn and understand easily.
Through this process, we seek to guide and help the children, so that they would feel loved. Our service becomes more meaningful and valuable as together we face life and the future with blessing and grace!
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)