Karen Mulder

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5 Ways to Respectfully Communicate with Someone With a Physical Disability


Guest post by Brittany Rose Lynn As much as we may be hesitant to admit it, being around others with needs different from our own can be uncomfortable. You may wonder what is appropriate to say, what questions you should avoid, and if you should jump in and help (or let them work a situation […]

Don’t Assume That a Person with a Disability Needs Your Help

One day I was attending a class on the Psalms, and I was running late.  So I screeched into the parking lot, slammed on my brakes, turned off the engine, jumped out, and started running toward  the door to the building where my class was about to begin. But . . . .approaching the same […]

4 Life Lessons My Brother with Special Needs Taught Me


By David Korte, as told to Karen Mulder What was it like growing up with a brother with special needs? First and foremost, you should know that my big brother was a huge blessing in my life. I learned so much from him in the 46 years that he was on this earth. Here is […]

Does My Brother Have a Disability in Heaven?


By David Korte, as told to Karen Mulder My older brother Mick passed away unexpectedly at the age of 46. I still miss him tremendously. If you were to see him walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t have known he had a mental disability. Academically, Mick functioned at about the 4th grade level. But […]

The Therapeutic Benefits of Reading to Someone


A note from Karen Mulder: Approximately 22 years ago Stan, my professor at Western Theological Seminary, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  For the past two years, Stan has been living in a care facility.  His wife Nancy visits him on most days and has found reading to Stan a pleasurable—and even therapeutic—activity for both of […]

A Twelve Year Old All Star for Water

What would you do to ensure that people have a clean glass of water to drink? Most of us in the United States probably don’t give a lot of thought to our access to clean water. But according to nonprofit organization Water Mission, 35% of the world’s population lives without proper sanitation, which includes lack […]

March Care Well Calendar


How can you care well for others this month? The month of March provides a wonderful variety of choices to demonstrate compassion and generosity. For the month of March, which is part of our year-long Care Well Challenge, we selected a handful of national days of observance that will provide you ample inspiration. From donating […]