The Ministry of the Disabled p. 34

Thank you @CTmagazine for being “willing and able” to put #DisabilityMinistry on the cover of your May 2018 issue. Far too many publications and churches shy away from addressing this indispensABLE ministry.

I am a pastor as well as a mental health professional. For the last four years, I’ve worked with children and adults with various developmental and intellectual disabilities, especially in the area of autism. I have a stepson who is nonverbal autistic. Our special adults and children have so much to offer. They serve their church and God with so much love and compassion. If we can only take a few moments and see the world and Christ through their eyes, we would truly be blessed.

I am so pleased with the cover story in the recent Christianity Today. I am blind and I served for six years with my wife as a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand. We emailed a lot of connections within our denomination before finding a place that would take us. I had served for five years in full-time ministry as a youth pastor and associate pastor, but still people were not sure what to do with us, with me as a blind person. However, I found that in my blindness I connected at a different level with the Thai people. My vulnerability drew them to me. The fact that I needed them to help me caused them to open up in a different way. I am now studying at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for a PhD in intercultural studies and investigating the role of weakness in the gospel-
witnessing person.

For the church to truly witness to this world, we must not only find ways to serve people with disabilities and abnormalities, whatever that means, but also see them as indispensable to the mission of God on ...

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