Tuesday, March 04, 2014
How God's Unexpected Plans for You Work for Good
An Interview with Meaghan Wall
We all have certain fears or phobias—powerful and penetrating worries that can paralyze our thoughts and actions. Fear relates to feelings of anxiety, dread, worry, and being out of control and is often highlighted when circumstances change or our life takes unanticipated twists and turns. Yet Scripture repeatedly reminds us that faith is trusting Christ with the unknown—trusting Him when our plans change and God chooses a very different path for us.
Meaghan Wall had a wonderful life plan as a pre-med student until God led her in a very different direction. God’s plan was not what she could have ever imagined, yet every circumstance, every opportunity, every experience taught her several core lessons that brought her to where she is today.
In this interview, Meaghan honestly speaks to all who have chosen to trust Christ, to walk by faith and not sight. She reminds us that when we choose to let go of our human-made plans, God’s work and will for our lives leads to His working through us in ways we could have never imagined.
Watch the interview:
- How did you first get involved with special needs ministry?
- After serving with Easter Seals, did your direction change?
- After your work at the residential home, how did you end up at Stonebriar Community Church?
- The statistics on caregiving stress, health, faith, and finances are astounding. What are the needs of caregivers?
- What direction and advice do you have for parents and caregivers of any age about working in harmony with the church and with others?
- There is a lot of animosity between parents and caregivers and those in the church. What advice can you offer people in the church to better connect and work together with those in need?
- Can a church of any size help those with special needs?
- Biters, kickers, runners, and strippers . . . how do you handle symptomatic and safety issues, and are there places to go for learning how to deal with these issues?
- What resources have helped prepare you for special needs ministry?
Let Me Hear from You
Are you a caregiver who struggles to connect with others in your church? What could your church do to improve its care for caregivers? What is your church doing well to care for caregivers?
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Connect with Meaghan Wall
Meaghan serves as pastoral leader of Special Needs at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Meaghan has a degree in Social Work, has served in residential communities and hospice facilities, and is a well-sought-after speaker and teacher for disability ministry.
- Meaghan seeks to provide a ministry of inclusion founded upon an intentional, systematic theological understanding of God’s love for all people.
- Meaghan leads more than 200 volunteers, who are highly trained to meet the spiritual, physical, and social needs of those with disabilities.
Insight for Living Ministries Resources
- The Grace Awakening by Charles R. Swindoll, 15 MP3 messages for download plus bonus MP3, 15-page Message Mates, and downloadable Bible Companion in PDF format
- Insights on 2 Peter: Conquering Through Conflict by Charles R. Swindoll, 10 MP3 messages for download with 10-page Message Mates
- LifeMaps 7 Book Set by Insight for Living Ministries, 7 softcover LifeMaps books
- Diffusing Disharmony: Seeking Restoration When Christians Collide by Charles R. Swindoll, booklet
Other Suggested Resources
- Nonviolent Crisis Prevention: A CPI Specialized Offering
- CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) in your area
- Joni and Friends
- Easter Seals
- The ARC: For People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Local and community teaching centers and support programs, agencies, doctors’ offices, hospitals (search online for “training and disability” in your community)
- The Inclusive Church Blog
- Leading a Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families by Amy Fenton Lee
Note: please keep in mind as you read these resources that Insight for Living Ministries cannot always endorse everything a writer or ministry says, so we encourage you to approach with wisdom and discernment these and all other non-biblical resources.