God tells us that He knew us before we were formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), that we were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and that He knows the plans He has for us. (Jeremiah 29:11) This would certainly seem to hold true for the Tracy and Laura Wright family.
Tracy and Laura began attending Trinity when the church they had been going to couldn’t meet the needs of Ashlee, their daughter who has special needs. On the surface, this sounds like just a nice story for Trinity and the ministries that King’s Kids offers.
However, God was at work long before the Wrights had a relationship with Trinity Church. Neighbors and several friends had often invited them to attend services at Trinity. One of those friends was the Roger Coggins family whom they had known for years.
Laura states, “When Ashlee was born, we thought we were a typical family. When she turned six months old, however, she was diagnosed with having had a stroke and a seizure disorder while in utero. This turned our world upside down.” When their former church told them they couldn’t meet Ashlee’s needs, they decided to check-out Trinity and the King’s Kids Ministries. Laura says they knew right away that Trinity would become their church home, so they started the process of the Family Orientation and waiting for a Buddy to be provided.
God’s loving hands were once again at work. Roger Coggins decided to be Ashlee’s Buddy in TLC on Sunday mornings and has faithfully come alongside Ashlee for several years. Laura states that Ashlee really enjoys her time with Roger. Although she is developmentally delayed and has mild cerebral palsy, Ashlee is now an extremely active fifth grader at Kimberly Elementary School and in TLC.
Amanda, Ashlee’s older sister, is active in high school sports and many high school events at Trinity. Last year, she went on the Bahamas Mission trip and is excited about returning in 2011. According to Laura, Amanda is a great big sister to Ashlee.
Ashlee’s influence on Amanda has led her to become a King’s Kid Buddy to two other children with Special Needs because “she has realized how important it is for children with any type of disability to come to church and learn about God.” She is also involved in helping with Parent’s Night Out and looks forward to the Light & Power Prom every year. Amanda has decided that she would like to pursue a career in teaching Special Education.
Who Knew What They Needed? God Did!
If we let this simply be a
sweet story about God’s provision, we may miss
the call to love and take action ourselves. What is God’s still small voice saying to you and how will