Special Guests – July 29

Joining us on Sunday morning July 29th will be Missionary Associates for Special Touch Ministry

37023410_1745524452221569_3265858235269120000_nTodd and Synoilva Halbach

Growing up in Wisconsin, Todd accepted Christ as his personal savior through the Promise Keepers Men’s Ministries in Minneapolis, MN in 1995. In 2012, he began missions work, with trips to Mexico, Argentina, and Kenya. Over the years, Todd has also been involved in ministry to children and the elderly as well as serving for 15 years as a caregiver to people with disabilities at the New Hope Center. Joining Special Touch Ministry, Todd has served in multiple Summer Get Away and Chapter locations. Along with his new bride, Sylnoiva, they’d intend to continue helping people experience God’s love through salvation, healing and being a servant.  Join us to hear about their unique ministry.




Obedience Leads to Healing


Richard T. Daddona, went into the baptismal waters of Trinity Chapel Assembly of God in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sept. 24, 2017, and emerged as a faithful man healed of ALS.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, progressively weakens muscles and severely affects a person’s physical abilities. In October 2016, a neurologist confirmed that Daddona, 59, had the disease after he had suffered for a year with a horrible, constant twitching throughout his body.

In January 2017, Daddona retired and began using a wheelchair to function because of the disease’s impact on his legs. Daddona’s wife of 30 years, Nancie, became his primary caregiver. Daddona could not sit up, roll over, get dressed, or bathe by himself.

Immediately after the diagnosis, Daddona says he began to have a series of 12 elaborate dreams. Someone always preached a message about healing waters and how they could wash away sickness, sin, and disease. Each time after the sermon finished, Daddona and his wife walked down a path lined with a dozen trees and a different Bible passage posted on wooden planks. The path led to a waterfall filling a small pool. At the top of the waterfall a man looked down with outstretched arms. With each new dream, Daddona could decipher an additional Bible verse on the 12 trees leading to the pool.

“I would wake up long enough to write down the Scripture and go back to sleep,” Daddona recalls, Nancie kept a log of the dreams, which occurred over several months. Midway through, the Daddonas approached their pastor, Scott A. Brown.

“The repetition of the dreams coupled with the Scripture was when we began to see there was a clear and common theme and one aspect of that was water baptism,” says Brown, 48.

The verse from the penultimate dream came from Acts 22:16: “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (NKJV). Daddona had never been baptized.

At the baptismal service, Daddona’s testimony was read as well as the explanation of his dreams and accompanying Scriptures. Two associate pastors had to physically lower Daddona from his wheelchair into the tub.

“I was focused on the physical struggles of maneuvering him in and out,” says one of them, youth pastor Philip F. Lascoe, 29. “Deep down I was a bit nervous in terms of his dreams and of him potentially getting healed.”

As Daddona sat in the baptismal tub, he began to pray for God to heal him.

“I knew I was going to be healed, but I just didn’t know when,” Daddona says. “I was just praying that God would heal me at that moment.”

When Daddona came out of the water, he says he began to feel a tingly heat, first in his hands — which were curled over themselves — and then in his legs. Daddona stood up from the water, grasped the associate pastors’ hands with strength he didn’t possess only moments earlier, and stepped out of the tub unassisted. He hugged his wife, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren watching from the front row. The entire congregation rejoiced in tears, applause, hugs, and hallelujahs over the instant healing.

“I was overjoyed!” Brown says. “You don’t get to see that every day.”

“I simply stood astonished,” Lascoe remembers. “I couldn’t do anything but praise God.”

Instead of sitting in the wheelchair that brought him in, Daddona pushed it out of church that day.

Now, a few months later, Daddona volunteers in the infant nursery with Nancie each week. He walks and moves about as if he never had ALS, and he has strength and agility with everyday tasks.

“This entire experience has brought me closer to my wife and has brought us closer to God,” Daddona says. “We feel like we can totally depend on him for anything.”


Special Event – November 3 @ 6:15

At the November 3rd Special Touch meeting our special guest will be Jon Wos was born in Lena, Wisconsin with a congenital condition that is manifested by weak bones, leaving people who have it very susceptible to fractures. Though this condition limited his physical ability, it heightened his sensitivity to the world around him…In 2005, Jon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in drawing, painting, and sculpture.  Website: wosart.com

Mr. Wos has exhibited his various pieces of artwork throughout North America, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition, Mr. Wos’s work is held in such public collections as the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Ripon College in Wisconsin, and MacMurray College in Illinois.

Currently his work is in exhibition as the 2017 Featured Artist; Secura Fine Art Exhibition, The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, Wisconsin.


You can vote for his newest self portrait # 6331 at RareArtist.org  The piece is shown above.   Titled “Lighting The Darkness”  it is an Oil on Canvas 50.5″ x 46″ Self Portrait

“Your passion is like a fire, a fire that must be maintained by you, and only you. It is up to you to discover what fuels your fire. Just as you protect the physically essential aspects of life, like your heart, your eyes, or the food on the table; your passion for life, your inner fire, must be looked after just as carefully. Some may be able to survive without that burning passion, but they certainly cannot live without it.”             Submitted by Jon Wos on 6/16/17

Special Touch Ministry – Beaver Dam monthly meeting at 6:30 pm. Location: St Katharine Drexel Church, 408 S Spring St, Beaver Dam, WI

Special Touch is a non-profit faith-based organization, interdenominational in scope, committed to serving people with intellectual or physical disabilities, their families and caregivers.

It’s Picnic Time!


Saturday August 5 from 11 am to 3 pm

Serving Brats, Hot Dogs & Potato Salad
You are welcome to bring a dish to pass.

Waterworks Park 800 Denning Ave. Beaver Dam

GamesFree Pontoon RidesMusic

Sponsored by Special Touch Ministry…reaching out in love to people with disabilities, families & caregivers.


Get Away!!!



WIS / N. MICH • JUNE 26-30
Spencer Lake Christian Center, Waupaca, WI
Coord: Rev. Charlie & Debbie Chivers

What is a Get Away?
It’s five days, in residence, camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities to find fellowship with others in a Christian atmosphere.

What are the facilities like?
While the facilities at each Get Away vary, special care has been given to select facilities that will best fit the special needs of our guests. Each Get Away has various activities such as: swimming, fishing, crafts, boat rides, sports, games, hayrides, bonfires, petting zoos, and local interests.

What are some of the features of a Get Away?
What you can expect at each Get Away is functionally appropriate programming for people with physical or intellectual disabilities, professional medical staff, and compassionate volunteer caregivers provided for ages 10 and up – families are welcome (Inquire about family discounts).

What is the staff like?
Each of our Get Aways has trained caregivers, a full-time nursing staff, with a low guest to staff ratio.

What is the cost for all this?
The guests’ tuition for each Get Away vary based upon the cost of renting each facility and state requirements. Our fees are much lower than the national average for similar programs. We work very hard to make sure that each guest pays the lowest price possible. We have early registration and family discounts.