Social stigmas are hard to break. People who live on the margins of society find it hard to be accepted, to integrate into society like everyone else. This is especially true for individuals with different mental abilities. Often marginalized, it is important that Christians reach out to this demographic, knowing that God values them as his creation and Jesus loves them just like everyone else.
To that end LINC Houston hosted the Best Pals Christmas party for the second year in a row on Friday December 2 at our Pasadena Mission Center. The Best Pals program teams up students in general education from Northshore High School's 9th grade campus with students in the special education program.
The event made it clear how "normal" all of these students are and how much God loves his creation.
"My goal was to show that these kids are no different than anyone else," said Michelle Gil, Manager of LINC's Social Services, "and this event gave them a chance to do something special for someone else."
Attendees at the party wrapped gifts for local children who will receive Christmas presents through LINC's annual Toys for Joy program. They were then treated to a surprise Christmas dance with special food and drink. Edward Gil, Michelle's husband and contractor with LINC, served as the DJ and the students enjoyed the festivities.
"We saw God's hand at work" said Gil, "it was a special event."
"I am so proud of what took place at our Pasadena location" said Junkans, "I have no doubt that this is the kind of thing that Jesus would do if he were still walking the earth. He loves those that society casts out."
Take a look at more photos from the event HERE.