by Sandy Krause, of Divine Word Pentecost Lutheran Church
Negotiating the world when you are differently abled can be challenging. Having a strong faith foundation, supportive church family and a church home offers needed resilience in the face of challenge. Many find a place that tolerates them. But true acceptance can be much harder to find. For Aaron Krause, a teen with autism, Divine Word Pentecost has provided that acceptance. Aaron has wanted to earn his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts from the day he became a Tiger Cub back in first grade. The Eagle rank requires 21 merit badges, leadership and a service project. Being active in the special needs community Aaron’s mom, Sandy Krause, found that many special needs families had felt unwelcomed in churches, stopped attending and lost that source of support. Aaron hearing this decided that his Eagle project would be a way to share the good news, the good news of Divine Word Pentecost Church where All Are Welcome, all abilities, all. He created this video so those who may be feeling that need to find God’s house yet uncertain if they will be welcomed would know a place they will be wholly, fully, warmly welcomed.