An Ambassador for Christ –Because of Disability, Not In Spite of It

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 7, 2012
  • 6 Comments
  • Wheels For The World

Justin sharing his communication board Justin Howard is a wheelchair user and is non-verbal. How does he communicate? He expresses his thoughts, his needs, and his emotions by using a communication board. And recently, God used Justin to show families in the Dominican Republic how they can communicate with their non-verbal children! After attending Family Retreat for three years, Justin wanted to give back by serving others. God paved the way…. Recently Justin and his parents brought their disability experience and unique giftedness to the Dominican Republic with Wheels for the World. There, they burst open a new door of ministry! With his communication board, Justin can point to a picture on that says hungry or sleepy or even that’s funny! Using this tool, Justin expresses his love, his joy, and the light of Jesus that shines through him. “As Justin’s mother, I know how important it is to communicate with him,” explains Laurie. “Other parents of kids with disabilities long to know their children this way, too.” Through Wheels for the World, Justin and his parents gave the gift of communication to 28 families who also received the gift of a wheelchair and the Gospel of Christ. Many parents had never realized their children could communicate at all until shaky little fingers began to point purposefully at the pictures Laurie offered. With tears pouring down their faces at the joy of “speaking” with their children for the first time, all they could say was, Gracias! Gracias!”

 
 

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What an amazing story and young man!! Wow, Justin, you shine brightly for the Lord. Press on brother, He is worthy!
  • April 17, 2014
  • 11:50 a.m.
  • Kathy
Was the communications board Laurie's idea, or is it something used for non-verbal autism people? I know personally of autism cases where that would certainly be useful, but it's not being used. I've never seen one myself.
  • Dec. 9, 2012
  • 1:53 p.m.
  • Edward Cooper
I met Justin when I served at a family retreat. I'll never forget him playing the tambourine when the young adults performed on talent night. He always was joyful and had a smile on his face. His enthusiasm was contagious. Well done Justin!
  • Dec. 8, 2012
  • 10:51 a.m.
  • Dale
What amazing things God is doing through you, Justin!! May God bless you as richly as you are a blessing to so many others! God loves you, Justin!
  • Dec. 8, 2012
  • 7:26 a.m.
  • Gail Brookshire
God creates each of His children with unique talents to serve Him in different ways, according to His will and purpose. What a blessing it is to hear how Justin Howard has responded to God's call, by shining the light and love of Jesus Christ, and blessing many children with disabilities and also their parents. May Justin and his parents grow stronger in Christ as God's work blesses others through them.
  • Dec. 7, 2012
  • 11:56 a.m.
  • Sena Wijesinha
Dear Joni, How unique it is,the way Justin uses his disability to bless others.His disa- bility becomes the way to reach others instead of being an obstacle.His weak- ness he can use.How marvellous God works in each child of Him.We cannot comprehend His thoughts!
  • Dec. 7, 2012
  • 10:54 a.m.
  • San Tjoa