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    Love Your Enemies by PI Girl Ashley

    My name is Ashley and I have a twin sister. My sister’s name is Kaitlin and she has special needs. As sisters, twins and friends, we do everything together. We share a room and we go everywhere together, and when we were little, we had identical outfits. I go to a small private Christian academy where both my father and brother are alumni. My mom is also the preschool director there. My sister and I went there together until the end of third grade. This is when I first noticed that she was different. My parents pulled her out of my school and put her in public school so that she could be in special education classes. Ever since my sister’s very first day in public school, people have made fun of her and bullied her because of her disabilities.

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    Kids would even throw her lunchbox in the mud every day. But guess what?! I never hear her complain about getting made fun of.

    Every night when my sister goes to bed, I can hear her praying. She doesn’t pray that God will make her life easier, but she says, “Dear God, I pray for those people that were making fun of me. I pray that they will know what it’s like to have Jesus’s love inside of them.”

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    I know that God says to pray for your enemies, but can you imagine that? It’s so hard! These people are tormenting her and all she wants is for them to be saved.

    I want to encourage you to love like this. Like my sister. She is a pure example of Christ’s love. Scripture says to love the least of these. This includes both those with disabilities and bullies or your enemies. Remember that you might be the only example of Christ’s love that someone will ever see. So shine bright!

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    PI Girls, do you have someone in your life that inspires you like Kaitlin?

    Ashley Dykes
    I go to a private school in Chesapeake, VA called Greenbrier Christian Academy. Class of 2015! I have a twin sister with special needs and an older brother. I cheer, play piano, run track, theater, and sing in choir. I love little kids and I want to be a preschool teacher.

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    1. Ashley, if you happen to see this: please tell Kaitlin that I said she is beautiful. 🙂 She never ever needs to listen to people who speak lies about her; God made her who she is for a reason. I know that God will make beautiful things come out of those situations, because clearly He already is. The message of her selfless love is inspiring, and I believe He’s going to provide opportunities to share it, just like this PI post. 🙂 Ashley, it’s awesome to see how supportive you are of your sister, I’m sure she knows what a blessing you are. And P.S. both of you girls are incredibly gorgeous on the outside as well! 🙂

      [As for the article] I LOVE this. At church a couple years ago, I started sitting on the front pew during main service (as oppose to sitting with my mom and sister). After a couple weeks I figured out that that was where a few special needs kids/teenagers sat, so they became my friends. 🙂 I also know adults who have special needs kids, including my small group leader at church. It hurts me deeply that it is so common for special needs people–human beings that are beautifully created in God’s image–to be bullied. I hate that with all of my heart. Hopefully stories like Kaitlin’s will have an effect on how people treat each other. 🙂

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