Editor’s Note: Robert “Skeeter” Powell of Greenville, South Carolina, is an unusual individual who defines the word love. Once you read his story and learn about his calling, you’ll understand why he’s the role model for many. He’s not the most important person in his world and actually considers himself the least important. Part 4 of a 5 part series.
David’s Table has a simple mission. “We work with others to love children with disabilities for Christ’s sake,” Skeeter says. “The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is one of the organizations we have an active relationship with. Not only does the USTA supply tennis equipment for disabled high school students, but the organization also sets up competitions, provides a USTA instructor and provides a small grant to pay the instructor to teach our students how to play tennis. In October 2012, Young Life provided us with a van with a lift on it to allow us to transport students back and forth to a wheelchair tennis tournament that the USTA had arranged for all across the country. We had about 50 competitors with one coming all the way from India! Also present at the tournament were several people who played wheelchair tennis in the Paralympic Games this year.
“We try to build friendships and relationships with our special needs children and their families,” Skeeter explains. “Here’s what I mean. If you ask a special needs child to draw a cartoon of what adults are like, that cartoon character probably will have a huge mouth and little bitty ears. I hope if that same student is asked to draw cartoon of a Young Life leader, that the cartoon character will have great big ears and a normal-sized mouth.”
Skeeter has a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California, and he explains, “When I was going through the Young Life program, this school was the only one with an affiliation with Young Life. But today several schools are affiliated with Young Life.” For years, Skeeter worked in the construction industry. Upon retiring, he went full time with David’s Table, following his passion for working with youngsters with disabilities. Now, instead of only working 8 hours a day, he’s free to work 8 – 14 hours a day, following his love for youngsters. And Skeeter says, “I love it.”
Next: The Future of David’s Table
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