Transportation has always been challenging for the disabled community. When physical circumstances limit your ability to ride in a standard vehicle, something as simple as finding a ride to church can seem like an insurmountable obstacle. But like so many ministries in our church, this “obstacle” became the seed of opportunity that led to the formation of our transportation ministry more than 35 years ago.
It started in 1979, when Joni Eareckson Tada began to attend our church. Joni, who drove a specially equipped van, created a heightened awareness that we needed a way to bring the physically disabled to us. That led to the purchase of our first van equipped with a lift that same year. By 1987 the ministry had grown enough to require a bus, which allowed us to pick up an expanding group of physically disabled people.
Today we have four vehicles that go out every Sunday. Two vans and two mini-buses—a blessing made possible two years ago through the generosity of a special, dedicated offering—allow us to pick up nearly 30 disabled people for church every Sunday morning.
But while these vehicles form our Special Ministries fleet, it’s faithful people that keep everything moving. Currently we are in need of six drivers to serve one Sunday a month. You don’t need a special license, and we provide the training.
This is a great opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of the disabled members of our church family. I hope you’ll prayerfully consider joining us today.
Pastor, Special Ministries
For more information about driving for Special Ministries, call Rick McLean at 818-909-5519.