SEAFORD, Del. – A church in Sussex County celebrated 50 years of serving the community by educating mentally and physically handicapped people about religion.
Christ Lutheran in Seaford hosted a ceremony inside the church on Saturday, Nov. 1 for the Bible Study for Special Persons (BSSP) anniversary. The event was attended by three of the program's first students who still attend the classes today.
Leona Tull, the program's coordinator, has been with BSSP since 1964. Tull has dedicated her time and efforts see that special needs people in Sussex receive a religious education that they can easily relate to.
Tull said there is a growing need for special needs community outreach in Sussex but Christ Lutheran's reach is limited due to transportation obstacles.
“We only have funds for one van and we go toward the Greenwood area,” said Tull speaking of Christ Lutheran's limits to being transport people from all over Sussex County.
“We can pick up about nine students, but we would like to be able to pick up more students because some of their parents work and they can't bring them,” said Tull.
BSSP started in 1964 out of a church member's need for her special needs child to be educated about the Bible. For more information about BSSP, please visit http://www.seafordchristchurch.com/.