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Friday, December 01, 2006

Friendship House

The Friendship Ministries newsletter had an article about what is being called "Friendship House." The following is an excerpt from the article.
When a ceremonial shovelful of dirt was dug from the site of Friendship House on September 12, ground was broken in more ways than one. The Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI) project, named in honor of Friendship Ministries, is an innovative new Christian living community that provides inclusive housing for seminary students and adults with cognitive impairments.

Eighteen seminary students and six adults with cognitive impairments will live together...An essential contribution to this environment will be a weekly Friendship Bible Study group which will meet in the house. (Winter, 2006-2007)

This is amazing! Think of the sensitivity these seminary students will have toward persons with cognitive disabilities as a result of participation in this program. We need to be watching this development. What a great idea. God bless Bob and Deb Sterken and their son Rob for their innovative idea, and hard work to make this happen.



Anonymous said...

Yes this is amazing. This is such a wonderful idea because it is benefiting so many different people. The six adults are going to be in a safe environment where they will hopefully get to learn about Jesus everyday. The seminary students will be able to learn about people with cognitive disabilities and they will be able to apply this to the rest of their lives.

God is truly going to bless all the people involved in this program. I pray that the seminary students learn how to love like God loves, to show compassion just as Jesus did, and that living with these adults will forever change their life.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see how many people from all walks are benefitting with these arangements. It's a good way to bring disabled people together with non-disabled people to live together, getting to know God on a more personal level.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely awesome! I wish I could be a part of something like that. Gives me ideas...

-Julie R., Oklahoma City