International Family Retreats: God Uses You to Knit Families Back Together in Christ 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 22, 2014
  • Family Retreats, International

Wilson holding his son while reading Another Kind of CourageLike many fathers in Ghana, West Africa, Wilson carried a deep grudge against God for giving him a disabled son. In African culture, disability is a curse and a shame to a man’s family name. Wilson remained in his marriage and provided for his family, but he never held his son, Richard. He never helped his wife care for him. For 14 years, Wilson stoically turned his back on his little boy. But your support provided an International Family Retreat in Ghana, and Wilson attended with his family. There, Wilson and other dads of disabled children saw their children through God’s eyes for the first time. Joni and Friends’ book for dads, Another Kind of Courage, was used as a teaching guide in the man-to-man group. Encouraged by God’s word and the powerful testimonies of godly fathers of special needs children, Wilson’s hardness melted away. In its place, God brought forth a new love for his son. “I now see Richard as part of God’s plan,” Wilson said. Turning to his wife, Theresah, Wilson made a solemn promise: “From this moment on, you will never have to carry the burden of parenting Richard alone. We will live as husband and wife, joining hands to take care of this child. Through Richard, God will bless us even more!”


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What a touching testimony of God's grace in enabling Wilson to experience the touch of God's grace and to embrace his son, Richard. I was particularly lifted up by Wilson's words to his wife! God bless this family, and help them to continue to grow in wisdom and care, experiencing God's mighty strength and love.
  • Dec. 19, 2014
  • 12:54 p.m.
  • arlene
Praise God. God is always faithful and always loves us. All we need to do is let him in so that HE can transform us into the person HE intended us to be. Through trials we can be confident that God will never leave us nor forsake us.
  • Sept. 24, 2014
  • 9:26 a.m.
  • Sheila Wall
What a beautiful testimony! I think I would like to read that book!
  • Sept. 23, 2014
  • 7:25 p.m.
  • Teresa Wright Horner
We men can be so hard hearted. Thank you for this story.
  • Sept. 23, 2014
  • 12:35 p.m.
  • Alan Russell
What a beautiful story of Gods ways of reaching man's heart!
  • Sept. 23, 2014
  • 8:51 a.m.
  • Jacqueline