The Ladies Fellowship met on Monday evening and spent the evening listening to Major Kathy Woodhouse as she told of her life as a teacher of children with special educational needs prior to entering the William Booth Training College.
Some of the 24 ladies gathered had experience of family members who had autistic children or another unspecified learning disability and were able to relate to what Major Kathy had to say. Whilst she had experience of looking after the children in the classroom and the joy of seeing their development in many small ways, she really understood the pressures of family life with such special family members.
Major Kathy told how God had helped her deal with the many ‘messy’ aspects of life in the classroom which otherwise would not have been possible. He had also enabled her to love the ‘unlovable’ – something which has coloured her life as a Salvation Army officer.