Special Friends Retreat gives those with intellectual disabilities a unique opportunity to have an overnight camp experience. It is something repeat campers look forward to all year long.
“One of the parents told me that at the beginning of summer, their daughter begins to pack for camp,” said Diane Lane, childhood discipleship specialist with the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team. “And a Sunday School teacher told me that they start talking about camp at Easter (even though it takes place in the fall) because they have so much joy when they come to the retreat.”
During the overnight retreat, campers have a chance to participate in Bible studies, worship, games and crafts in a refreshing, safe atmosphere. Parents benefit from talking to other caregivers going through similar challenges and by learning about helpful resources.
Special Friends would not be possible without our gifts from our church and others through the Cooperative Program. We help provide scholarships to families who cannot afford registration fees and help cover the cost of stipends for people working during the retreats. Let’s pray for this ministry and for the families and participants whose lives are changed by it.