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01.09.17 | Special Needs, Kingdom Singers | by Terrie Preskitt-Brown

We need each other!

    One by one, they all came up, gathered around me and prayed for me. They prayed that I would be able to sing without making mistakes and that I would get the words right.

    Kingdom Singers is an all-inclusive choir made of folks of all ages, abilities, special needs, love for those with special needs – all coming together to sing God’s praise on Sunday afternoons.

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    “Ms. Terrie made a mistake! Ms. Terrie made a mistake!”  

    Those were the words I heard over and over from the excited group of Kingdom Singers during a recent choir rehearsal. But instead of being embarrassed, I was delighted.

    When I started as the director for the Kingdom Singers, an all-inclusive choir made of folks of all ages with special needs, I had in mind that I would be serving our Lord by ministering to this special group of people. But that’s not exactly what has come to pass…

    During rehearsals, the singers are encouraged to count “Ms. Terrie’s” mistakes. I’ve found that this keeps some of them very interested – waiting to see if they can catch one!

    This day in particular, I was having a really hard time remembering the words to our anthem correctly. That’s when I heard that familiar phrase echo through the choir room.

    “Ms. Terrie made a mistake! Ms. Terrie made a mistake!”  

    We all laughed, and kept on going with the rehearsal. We got to the same place in the song, and again, I messed it up.

    This time, several of the singers took up the chant, “Ms. Terrie made a mistake!  Ms. Terrie made a mistake!”  

    Again, we all laughed, and kept going. When it happened the third time, the walls started shaking with the laughter and chanting! By the fourth time total hilarity ensued!  

    At that point, I told them, “I guess I won’t be able to sing this part with you during The Feast!”

    One of the choir members, Austin Davenport, stood up and boldly declared to the room, “Hey, everybody. We need to stop everything. Ms. Terrie needs our prayers so she can lead us!”

    One by one, they all came up, gathered around me and prayed for me. They prayed that I would be able to sing without making mistakes and that I would get the words right.

    The only word for the support and love I felt in that moment surrounding by a circle of Kingdom Singers, is overwhelming. There were tears in a couple of eyes.  

    And would you guess what happened during our worship time? I got it right!  

    The selfless actions of those choir members that day reminded me of something we all should remember from time to time: We Need Each Other.

    We Need Each Other. We need to pray for those in need – no matter how small the need might be.  We need to support each other when we are having a hard time, whether it’s trouble with a job, our family, problems with a co-worker, or even something as small as forgetting the words to a song!  

    We Need Each Other. We need to circle up, to surround each other with God’s love, and to show our love and care for one another.

    I’m so incredibly grateful for this group of singers, who are teaching me many more valuable lessons about caring for one another and being the hands and feet of Christ than I could ever teach them.

    Isn’t that what often happens when we serve others? We end up being the recipient of greater gifts than we can ever give.


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