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Ministry centers on disabled faithful

The John 17:21 group helps people feel welcome and active in worship services

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2013

~~<p>People with disabilities may not be able to read, hear or understand the word of God, but they still have spiritual needs that aren't met by many churches.</p>
<p>That's why the John 17:21 Ministry was formed eight years ago at Wes&shy;ley United Methodist Church in Kahala, where disabled people are made to feel welcome and can participate in church services, said the Rev. Phyllis Mei&shy;ghen. She said she was inspired to form the group by her brother Tim, who has Down syndrome and couldn't understand the sermons, but had a love for God nonetheless.</p>
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People with disabilities may not be able to read, hear or understand the word of God, but they still have spiritual needs that aren't met by many churches.

That's why the John 17:21 Ministry was formed eight years ago at Wes­ley United Methodist Church in Kahala, where disabled people are made to feel welcome and can participate in church services, said the Rev. Phyllis Mei­ghen. She said she was inspired to form the group by her brother Tim, who has Down syndrome and couldn't understand the sermons, but had a love for God nonetheless. Login for more...



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