Ministry to People with Disabilities

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People with disabilities are all around us. And we must not, like the Levite and the priest in Jesus' parable, pass by on the other side of the road. There are an estimated 50 million people with disabilities of all kinds in the United States, and 600 million worldwide. Each one, to borrow a phrase from the late Mother Teresa, is Jesus in '"distressing disguise."
Relatively few of us see past that distressing disguise to obey the Lord's command to do good unto '"the least of these my brethren." Ensure that your team is doing this by using these articles to equip your church for ministry to people who have physical and mental disabilities.

Table of Contents:

Fear Not the Disabled
We all benefit when people with disabilities are valued in our churches.
Christianity Today

Can God Reach the Mentally Disabled?
Why one theologian is sure that God saves the mentally disabled.
Lewis B. Smedes

How to Talk About a Disability
Principles for what to say and what not to say.
Jim Pierson

How We Started a Ministry for People with Disabilities
The four steps one pastor used to help meet the needs children with disabilities and their parents.
William Gullick

Principles for Teaching People with Mental Disabilities
Effective teaching is possible when you know how to overcome these complications.
Robert Bittner

When You First Hear the News
How to minister to parents in the hours after a child with disabilities is born.
Steve Harris`

Accepting Families
How congregations and individuals can reach out.
Kathleen Deyer Bolduc

How to Minister to a Family
Practical ways you can encourage and bless families who have a child with a disability.
Jim Pierson

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