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ASNA annual Respite and Training Family weekend 2014

Celebrating God's Love: 14th Annual ASNA respite and training weekend Its the first time I have been able to have a break and to worship with such wonderful people. It's good to meet people with similar experience as me....its wonderful. I cannot wait till next year...can it be longer? The words of some of the delegates who attended the annual ASNA respite weekend held on the 11-13th April 2014 at the Pioneer center in Shropshire. 96 guests from across the British Union Conference enjoyed fellowship together in the beautiful sunshine of the Shropshire countryside. The theme 'Celebrating God's love' flowed throughout the weekend. The ASNA weekend planning team felt this would be a great opportunity to celebrate the ultimate sacrifice made by Christ to demonstrate His love for us. Workshops provided by Pastor Paul Liburd (NEC, Family Life Director / ASNA Padre) and Grace Walsh (NEC Disability Coordinator) included lessons in how to love each other unconditionally and how to love ourselves as carers by managing stress. A first time attender who is also a visitor to the local High Wycombe church Disability Ministry Support group led by Carmen Dublin, was amazed at how her 17 year old son who usually finds it hard to be with other people, was so calm and settled. 'I can feel the love and care you have here, he seems so calm and happy' she expressed. Activities for children included arts and craft, music therapy, zip wire, big bounce, caving and an opportunity to express and use their talents during the annual all inclusive celebration concert led by ACT 4. The words of an 8 year old sibling brought tears to many eyes as he expressed the love he had for his sister with disabilities. 'I am so glad my sister came into this world' Many were moved to share their care and understanding of each other as they celebrated God's love and sacrifice. Pastor Osei, SEC Ministerial Secretary and Prayer Director expressed his thanks for being invited and having the opportunity to dialogue with family carers who were able to express the experiences they had in thier home churches and how they felt the leadership could better support people living with disability with respect to inclusion and belonging. ASNA would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to support the adults and children with varying and challenging disabilities during the weekend and for showing God's love throughout to the families. For more photos taken at the weekend, follow this link.

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