The Island of Disability

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 18, 2016
  • Joni's Posts, Radio, Video Archives

Island of DisabilityFeeling isolated is common when you have a child with special needs. My friend, Shauna, experienced this when she got the news her baby, Sarah, had chromosomal abnormalities. Although her friends loved her, they didn’t know what to say or how to relate. For two long years Shauna felt isolated. Then, one day, Shauna was invited to a Joni and Friends Mom’s Morning Out at a local church. Suddenly, Shauna was surrounded by other mothers who understood her isolation and loneliness for they too had once struggled with the same thing. But now they found each other. No more was it an island of disability. Shauna had found community. Eventually Shauna brought her entire family to the church and her daughter, Sarah, was not only welcomed but loved and wanted. For the last five years, Shauna has been serving as our area director for Joni and Friends in New England. Now this mother is training other churches to reach families like hers. Shauna is amazing, and I’d love for you to see for yourself by watching this wonderful video of Shauna sharing her story.


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Hooray for shauna! Loved her testimony ! Love more the body of Christ who embraced her, the tender hearted Sunday school teacher, the buddy who came with a smile. Oh I pray the Lord can do more beautiful out reaches at local churchesđź’™
  • July 23, 2016
  • 6:33 a.m.
  • Cathy
I am so happy for Shauna and her family!! And how wonderfully God works through her and all these people!! God bless Shauna, little Sarah and their wonderful church where they feel like at home. Best summer regards and prayers from Finland :)
  • July 19, 2016
  • 12:18 p.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen