Churches depend on limited resources to meet the needs of their congregations. They struggle to stretch for maximum impact. It’s easy to understand how difficult it is for churches in the United States to support ministries outside their own communities. However, in Paul’s letter to the church he urges us to bear one another’s burdens.
In the developing world, the entire congregation benefits when the needs of their members with disabilities are met. They become a vibrant part of their community. When missionaries serving in those nations are able to provide a wheelchair it gives them the credibility needed to show the love of Christ in a tangible way.
Many cultures and customs tell those with disabilities that their affliction is “bad” or even “a curse from God.” Receiving a wheelchair shows them that there is a God who loves them. They can experience how wide, how long and how deep God’s love really is for them. Their dignity is restored.
It is worth the risk for the churches here in the U.S. to reach out to people with disabilities worldwide to care for those who are in need and for the “least of these” who are all members of God’s family.
- For a growing desire in the heart of the church to include and serve people with disabilities.
- For implementation of programs for those with disabilities.
- For people with disabilities to realize their place and position in society and in the
1 Corinthians 12:21-26, Galatians 4:6-7, Ephesians 6:6-7