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Special Needs Interviews

Insight for Living’s Special Needs Ministries Director Colleen Swindoll Thompson interviews individuals and experts about seasons of great pain and struggle. Their real-life stories of God’s empowerment bring hope and insight to the hurting.

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Kathleen Bolduc

God's Love Breaks Through When We Are Broken

Kathleen Bolduc understands suffering, as she raised a son with disabilities. She has experienced bitter-cold sorrow and has been warmed by God’s embrace for more than 30 years. If you are enduring pain and questioning God’s love, Kathleen, nationally recognized in the field of disability and spirituality, can help you understand that God’s love breaks through most often when we are broken open.

Marilyn Meberg

How to Find Hope That Lasts

Where is God when our wants and wishes wash away and we crash against the solid, stern rock of reality? How do we move forward with broken hearts, to know what the “abundant Christian life” is really about? In this touching interview, Marilyn Meberg openly discusses her personal experiences of love, loss, and living with lasting hope through life’s challenges.

Barbara Newman

Transforming Your Church One Family at a Time

Few people understand how to love without labels better than Barbara Newman. For more than 30 years, Barbara has provided education, inspiration, and transformation for churches and families typically disregarded by society. This interview is a must-see for every Christian organization and Christ follower.

Bob West

Three Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me: A Dad’s Story

Bob West and his wife, Sue, had typical dreams of home and family. But those dreams took on a new direction after their oldest son, Kyle, was born two months premature, then diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and endured 11 major surgeries over 17 years. Now Bob is committed to putting the right disability resources into the hands of families facing similarly difficult circumstances.

Craig Johnson

God’s Providential Hand: From Deep, Dark Valleys to New Light and Life

In this powerful interview, Craig Johnson shares how he and his family forged their way through significant surprises—from the loss of his father and his family’s career adjustments, to the autism diagnosis of his son, Connor. Craig’s compassion for others and commitment to Jesus are magnetic, revealing that God’s surprises can powerfully change us and provide an abundance of joy and hope.

Laurie Wallin

Weirdness Can Be Filled with Purpose

What if our weirdest, most annoying characteristics actually serve a purpose? Life Coach Laurie Wallin asks her clients that question as she helps them uncover their strengths and passions, let go of resentments, and live with joy. Raising a child with differences, Laurie is learning that God’s design for every life is different and that He offers significant strengths to be used in unique ways.

Meaghan Wall

How God's Unexpected Plans for You Work for Good

Meaghan Wall had a wonderful life plan as a pre-med student until God led her in a very different direction. Now, as a sought-after speaker and teacher for disability ministry, Meaghan speaks to all who have chosen to trust Christ, to walk by faith and not sight. She seeks to provide a ministry of inclusion founded upon an intentional, theological understanding of God’s love for all people.

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