The book of Ruth is a story of hesed love—the never giving up, never letting go, sticking-to-it love of God seen and displayed through Ruth. Bethesda's Hesed: A Study of Ruth is an interactive study, adapted from Paul Miller's A Loving Life and designed to introduce students with disabilities and their typical peers to that radical love. Hesed includes 17 flexible and engaging lessons, each featuring original art by Dillon Johnson.
Users will need one leader manual per leader and one student manual per student. The starter pack contains 1 leader manual and 3 student manuals. Supplemental packs of student and leader manuals are available. Teaching tools available here.
"The Word of God should be—must be—accessible to all, and people with intellectual disabilities, young and old, are no exception. This is why I'm so excited that my friend Jill Miller has developed a robust Bible curriculum that engages the student in real Bible study. Jill and her team have gone to great pains to ensure that this curriculum is interactive and appealing to students, and I highly applaud her efforts.
—Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
We love Bethesda! It is engaging and interactive, transferable and easy to understand. We’ve had several volunteers who weren’t able to make their scheduled teaching times, but the material is laid out so well that it’s been fairly easy for other team members to step in with little notice."
—Friends Worship Team, Grace Fellowship Church (Lutherville-Timonium, MD)
"Bethesda has developed an excellent curriculum for students with intellectual disabilities. Through visuals, video and an interactive format, this curriculum uses Bible stories to teach students a three step way to love others like Jesus loves. The lessons plans are well designed and easy for volunteer teachers to use. The Kim’s World section provides teachers with insight and application to their students with intellectual disabilities, particularly autism. I look forward to using it in our ministry.”
—Dawn Clark, Director of Disability Ministries, College Church (Wheaton, IL)