by Helen Koons
Do you have dreams for your children or your future offspring? I do. I remember when I first found out that I was pregnant, my husband and I immediately started dreaming about what my baby’s future would be. As Christian parents, we believe each child is born with a purpose and destiny, just like an arrow in a warrior’s hand, he/she is to fulfill his/her calling and destiny. When the news came that my son had Autism, I was faced with a very difficult reality. Often when I told my family, friends and even acquaintances that my son had Autism, a long silence followed, as if his future was destined to be a “mishap”, “hopeless”, “burdensome” or a “hardship”. During the most difficult time in my journey of raising my son, I felt so lonely and helpless. The only way to help me through was to look to my God for strength despite many unanswered questions in my mind. On the other hand, I said to myself: “one day I will write a book to encourage and comfort other families”, just as scripture reads “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthian 1:3-4 ESV).
The opportunity came in 2014 when a friend, after hearing my story, encouraged me to write. The hope was to encourage families that have children with Autism to look to God for His love, comfort and healing. I believe that our testimony of how Jesus is healing Elliott through prayers and laying of hands will happen for others. Why not? This is His promise and I have witnessed His faithfulness with Elliott. In 2017, the book was translated to Chinese and published in Hong Kong where families with Autistic children desperately need more help. As my life’s calling continues to unfold alongside Elliott’s, I find myself “pregnant” with even bigger vision and passion to advocate for these precious creations of God so that Autistic children and adults can reach their full potential.
Helen Koon’s book, “An Arrow in My Quiver” can be found on Amazon.