One of the families we love most in this world live in Southeast Asia serving a people group that has very few resources for learning about God. Their most recent communication closed with this line:
It is a joy to serve the Christians here and be moved by their faith in poverty and oppression. And it is a joy to wait expectantly for God to advance his Kingdom among the (people) of (this region).
What does this have to do with disability? Almost everything. Where God’s Kingdom has advanced, people with disabilities tend to be treated much better than before.
Of course it is true that churches in the United States frequently don’t deal with disability well. And many mainline denominations have capitulated to the evil of abortion, which is resulting in the slaughter of our pre-born children with disabilities.
But we should never overlook that over the centuries, it has been Christians who have moved to serve vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, when others would not. Hospitals, schools and orphanages all over the world have their origins in Christian people coming together, called by God, and desiring to serve out of affections for God and a new love for people they would have previously dismissed or disdained.
So please pause and pray for those, like our friends, who are laboring in areas where Jesus isn’t known that the Kingdom of God would advance and many more would see clearly that those God has created to live with disability are equal members of Christ’s church, even indispensable.