As the mother of Logan, 9, a child with severe autism, Jody knows a lot about the rejection and indifference frequently experienced by such children and their families.
What disturbs her more is to find such indifference frequently extends to the church. She says the one place families might hope to be encouraged and revitalized often has no facilities to cope with children with physical or mental difficulties.
That insight led Jody to found Logan's Friends — an organization dedicated to supporting families with special-needs children and helping churches become more welcoming places for them.
But Jody, who lives in Oceanside, Calif., did not stop there. Having sponsored children through World Vision for several years, and currently sponsoring five children, Jody was acutely aware that children in the developing world often face even greater disadvantages — lacking clean water, little food, and limited access to schools and health care.As Jody worked with churches and special-needs families, she discovered she had an ideal opportunity to extend people's vision to include some of the desperate needs of children around the world.
Not surprisingly, Jody takes a particular interest in getting special-needs children sponsored. She says it is devastating enough for a child to grow up in dire poverty, but children with physical and mental handicaps are at a double disadvantage.
She notes that in contrast, Logan has access to a good school, therapy, and a pediatrician who understands autism.
"We are just so blessed to live in the United States where we can find those resources so easily," she says.
>> In prayer, thank God for Jody Mlynek's heart for special-needs children and children living in poverty around the world. Pray that her ministry would inspire others to act on behalf of young ones in need, and pray that her son Logan's therapy will be successful.
>> Apply to become a World Vision Child Ambassador. Help spread the joy of sponsoring a child in need.
>> Sponsor a child today. Your support will directly change his or her life and bring hope to an entire community.
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