My friend and DG colleague, Dr. Mark Struck, was doing some background research and discovered this:
285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries.
So, the number of people living with some form of visual impairment is just less than the entire population of the United States!
Clearly, an emphasis on disability and an emphasis on reaching the nations can naturally go together in our churches.
Because we want everyone to know our King!
And (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-21 ESV)