I vividly remember receiving the news of my son’s diagnosis from the neurologist some 20 years ago and it was not encouraging or hopeful. Hearing the experts say that my son had “abnormalities in his brain”, that they didn’t know if he’d ever walk, talk in complete sentences, or one day be independent, was a hard pill to swallow.
It’s been quite a journey and the first few years were the most challenging. Micah has developed well beyond what we expected in those early years. He walked at the age of four and he’s been talking in sentences for a decade and a half! Micah has blessed our entire family. He will always need someone to care for him and the benefits that come from being his dad far outweigh the personal costs of that care.
According to Psalm 127, Micah (and all children) are a gift from the Lord. We couldn't agree more!
While our family started Ability Tree in 2010, the broader AT family has grown to include thousands of families across the U.S. Our relational model of ministry allows us to come alongside families like ours in the community and serve churches with a heart to be welcoming and inclusive.
Your generous giving in 2023 allows us to expand our ministry to more churches and communities across the country in 2024.
-Joe Butler, Founder of Ability Tree