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One Disabled Woman’s Ministry

She types with a mouth stick and requires attendants for nearly all she does—a woman whose heart was crushed when a man she loved told her he “struggled with homosexual tendencies” and walked away. She carried the hurt a long time, telling no one because she feared people’s reactions if they learned this severely handicapped woman had fallen for a homosexual. Surely she must be some sort of sexual deviant.

When she overheard Lori Thorkelson, of Love in Action, a Christian ministry to those who don’t want to be homosexual, confessing to someone that she had been engaged to a man who struggled with homosexuality, DebbieLynne found the courage to confide in her. This led to a special connection with Love in Action where she “saw unexpected similarities between [her] disability and homosexuality.” After several years of association with LIA, she became a correspondence counsellor with the organization—this before computers were common and she required an attendant to feed each sheet of paper into her electric typewriter.

There is much that unites us all, regardless of our handicaps or struggles. When we are willing to see our commonalities and rise above our difficulties, there is much God can do in, for and through us.

To read DebbieLynne’s story as she tells it, go here.

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of what you've done
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of who I am because of you.

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encourage me
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You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.























You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
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You draw me close
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