The foyer of St Paul’s Church, Dallington, recently hosted the launch of a very special book, “Uniquely Gifted” – a collection of stories from Faith and Light friends.
A capacity crowd enjoyed the evening, skilfully presented by Gilbert Enoka, (All Black sport psychologist and son-in-law of Joan Lydon), who told Joan’s story and that of Faith and Light – the international ecumenical community movement supporting those with intellectual disabilities.
Despite the freezing weather, the warm welcome and the catering made for a happy, friendly environment and when members of the Humdinger Choir performed a rousing round of songs, the audience joined in the fun too. The event touched the heartstrings of many – so many emotions apparent. One man, particularly touched, had tears in his eyes as he thought of the intellectually disabled children in his home country, who are hidden away from public gaze. Faith and Light believe that every person, able bodied or disabled, is equally loved by God, and that Jesus lives in them.
In 1997 Joan published a booklet, “You Need a Sign – Journeying with a Special Child”.
In 2009 she was asked by Faith and Light to do another so with a small team, 22 stories were gathered, collated, edited and published. This became “Uniquely Gifted”.
View some selected pages below from the book.
The book can be purchased for $NZ20.00 per book plus $NZ1.50 post & packaging.
(p&p price for multiple books to be arranged)