Blessed Beyond Blessed!

Disclaimer: I, Deb Maciorowski, am the Vice President to the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter and the postings on this site are my own and don’t represent Special Touch Ministry’s positions, strategies or opinions in any way.

 Blessed Beyond Blessed!

My son (Tom) and I, as well as my niece and twin sister had the pleasure of being part of this year’s Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the first part of this month.  For those who do not know what Special Touch Ministry, Inc. is about it is a non-profit, faith-based organization that strives  to ease and enrich the lives of people impacted by disability.”

When the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter started last December my son absolutely did not want to go to the meeting.  Tom and I made a deal that he had to try at least one meeting and if he didn’t like it, well then, that would be that.

He was fine right up until we had to go in, in fact, he cried and was quite angry with me.  Yes, I admit it I resorted to bribing in order to get him in the door.  He so did not want to go in; it took him about 20-30 minutes to get in the door.  As soon as he was in he was under the table playing his iPod with his green lawnmower headphones to help block the noise around him.   I prayed that God would bring some other kids to the meeting so Tom could have someone to play with.   I just knew in my heart of hearts if he could just make this transition into the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter meeting he would be accepted for who he is.   God is oh, so good!   Guess what happened?  Yup, you guessed it there were two other children at the meeting that day and Tom really connected with one of them . Hallelujah!  On the way home Tom told me;

“I’m only going to one more meeting, Mom, and then that’s it.  I mean it, no more!”  After a brief pause he continued, “Only one more, Mom I mean it.”

Then I asked what about the bowl-a-thon?

“Okay, then I’ll stop right after I bowl with my friends.  Did you hear me, Mom?” (Special Touch has their annual National Special Touch Bowl Across America fundraiser every March)

I told him I heard him meanwhile my insides were doing a “Hallelujah, dance”!

Float -the -Boat fundraiser for the Northeast Region Get Away.

He was given the Captain's wheel!
He was given the Captain’s wheel!
Tom's cousin Janee our little "spider girl"!

Tom’s cousin Janee our little “spider girl”!

Tom made it to just about 35 feet.

Tom made it to just about 35 feet.

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Mom and Tom enjoying morning chapel service.

Mom and Tom enjoying morning chapel service.

REACH NE Chapter Bowling event March 15, 2014

REACH NE Chapter Bowling event March 15, 2014

That one meeting really made an impression on his heart as well as on mine! I tell you all of this because the transformation I saw in my son at the Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away  truly blessed me and I mean for a lifetime.  I have been blessed beyond blessed!  My son has never entered a room and started talking never mind talking to strangers. The first day at the Get Away the atmosphere was so anointed with the Holy Spirit it felt like the very first time I walked into Cornerstone Church, I knew I  had finally found my church family.  I personally did not know a lot of the people but somehow it felt like I knew them already.  The most important thing is Tom felt comfortable.  When you are accepted just as you are; you are then free to be who God made you to be!

Normally, Tom is a very picky eater so I was worried that he would lose even more weight and he really could not afford to lose any more weight.  We have been trying for several months to get Tom to eat more so he could gain back some of the 10 pounds he lost over the past year.  The chef at Eisner’s Camp was absolutely wonderful!  When people ask Tom what he liked most about the Get Away he says,

“The food! The Chef was awesome.”

So a great big THANK YOU! to Chef Paul out at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA.

I joke and say Tom is the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter’s ambassador.  In essence, he is because no matter where we go people are hearing about the Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away. He tells everyone how wonderful it was and he is 100% right!

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About debbestillandlisten

Worshipper and follower of Jesus Christ. God has given this Christian the privilege of loving and caring for my amazing son. I absolutely love to worship our Lord and Savior and to be in His presence; there is nothing better!
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17 Responses to Blessed Beyond Blessed!

  1. I hear you in this. I have a son with problems similar to Tom’s. He is an adult now, coming up for 30 years, but I sooo understand where you’re coming from in this post. Tom is blessed to have a mum like you.

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  2. The transformation is Tommy through Special Touch borders on the miraculous in my book Deb!

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  3. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    Here is a testimony about the work we have been privileged to do!

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  4. Debbie says:

    I just loved this so much, Deb! I have a daughter with similarities to Tom, so know that all that happened is wondrous and miraculous and of Him! Yay Jesus! And yay Deb and Tom!

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  5. We rejoice with you Deb in this wonderful testimony! Our hearts and prayers are with you and Tom as God’s plan continues to unfold in your lives!

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  6. sandy187 says:

    What a beautiful testimony, Debs. I was soooo………BLESSED!!! to have witnessed Tom’s incredible transformation or should I say the crumbling of walls that surrounded him. To see him take flight and soar day after day, deeply touched my heart! A BIG THANK YOU!!! goes out to the Special Touch Ministry. I also want to comment on the fact that my 9 year old daughter, Janee (she has ADHD, ANXIETY, & OCD) had a GREAT time! Thank you, Brittany & Denise for taking my baby girl under your wings. It can be hard for others in a family who often have to be second when there is a special needs child, person in the household never mind the fact that she is pre-teen (enough said?). At the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. N.E. Chapter meetings and the Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away, Janee was not looked at as an outsider she was included and even made to feel extra special by these two ladies who also saw to her needs. Janee’s Daddy, Tim was able to visit on Thursday (more blessings) and we look forward to next year’s Get Away, our whole family plans on going. Thank you again Special Touch!!!

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