PUMC Members Raise Awareness of Autism (4/27/14)

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in God Moments, Ministry: Community & Church | 0 comments

PUMC members John and Heidi Hoenge were both athletic growing up, and so when their son was born they expected that he would in some way excel in sports.  But, their thinking was too small.  God had plans that were bigger than football or basketball; their son was born with autism.

as_naam2014_badge_250x250_webreadyApril is National Autism Awareness month, and the Hoenges shared their story during the service on April 27.  They reminded the congregation that we are all part of the big jigsaw puzzle of God’s creation.  Each of us has a special role to play, and none of us is less important than anyone else… even if we have “disabilities.”  With God, our “disabilities” are simply a different set of “abilities” that He can use to build His Kingdom and further His love. 

Their son is in our confirmation class, and as he joins our church we look forward to the special pieces of the puzzle that he will bring to us.  God’s Grace Abounds!!!


For more information about Autism, visit the Autism Society website.

As part of their presentation, John & Heidi shared the following video.  It’s entitled, “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew”

You might want a box of tissues handy before clicking the “play” button…




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