Let me set the scene.
At Camp Meeting we have a fabulous praise team the whole time - Revelation of Hope. Camp Meeting is what it is today in large part because of these wonderful musicians (and scroll down to see more of them from an earlier post).
This year though, with the emphasis heavy on our schools, we had mostly students leading out in the theme song each night. They would sing first in the Spanish Tent, and then come to the main auditorium and lead us there.
As the first weekend turned into the week, I started to hear that one of this group of students had not joined in yet. I heard she had Cerebral Palsy, and well... our steps up to the platform behind the staging area were a bit of a hazard for heels, let alone wheel chairs.
Apparently a ramp had been built, but it was just sitting there until things quieted down for the week meetings.
Well, I don't have a child with cerebral palsy, but I do have one that has his own version of special needs, and I didn't want her left out if she didn't have to be. So we got the ramp in, the family came and practiced getting up and down (because the ramp made it possible - but it did not make it easy), and that night Jacquelyn could be part of her singing group on the platform.
My favorite part came a few minutes later, when we were putting the ramp away and I tried to suggest we should do the same again the next night, when the pastor who was helping me, who doesn't have a special needs kid, and has not been through any awareness training, responded, having just seen what had happened, and replied "Oh, we're doing this every night".
Wonderful. Christianity is the very best when truly practiced.
Above is the picture of the theme song group, and the praise team together after the first time Jacquelyn had made it to the platform.