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World Autism Day

“They’re just children”, is a phrase I hear often, whether at our school or in church, when  a child or several children are doing what children do, being too loud, running where they shouldn’t run, or making a mess with food, drink, or other things.  I have said it myself watching my children grow up and mature, allowing for a lot of things I would not tolerate with an older child. In Geneva school we have been training our staff on how to keep the classroom under control and head off disruptions  before they get out of hand, and it’s paying off! Our classrooms are much quieter, and the teachers seem to realize the hard work of enforcing the rules is really worth it.  We know that children need boundaries and rules; they feel safe and secure and are able to mature and learn with the proper amount of discipline.  Without it, they easily rebel and act out and search for love and security in other ways. 

But at times children have a real issue which the normal amount of love, discipline and correction can’t help.  I am especially talking about autism and related syndromes.  We have some children at our school who struggle more with paying attention and self-control than others, and some who are much slower at learning.  A member of our church also has two children officially diagnosed with autism. For these reasons we have felt it necessary to create a fund for children with special needs.  Here in Trujillo there is very little support and not a lot of information available for special needs children.  Today is World Autism Day, and we would like to take this opportunity to ask for your help in setting up a fund to provide help for families with diagnosis and treatment.  We need to give these children and their parents guidance and hope in the midst of their struggles. Children are important to our Lord, and a vital part of our ministry here in Peru. Please consider donating today to allow us to provide answers to the parents who don’t know why their children are different, or to our school kids who really need some extra help. Our goal is to raise $6,000.  Will you help us by making a donation today?  Click here to give.

Dale Ellison, Director of Educational Ministry


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