Saturday, July 25, 2009

Looking forward to retire so I can be involved in Church ministries including disability

Now that I found a good Church that I can enjoy worship God and fellowship with other Christians, I am looking forward to retire so I can focus some of my time serving God through Church ministries. The members of my new church are more adaptable and full of fruit of the spirit that they are eager to try to help. The Bible also teaches us to bear the burdens of someone with a disability fulfills a command of scripture (Galatians 6:2). 2 Samuel 9:3-4 tells the story of David’s kindness to Mephibosheth, the lame son of Jonathan, modeling the way the church should minister.

People with disabilities make up one of the largest minority group in the country, especially withing Christian Churches. Many of the Church's members are volunteers and by no means they are expected to be experts on certain issues, especially in disabilities including deafness. They are simply "Helpers", 1 Corinthians 12:28 is amplified in Romans 12:7,8 by the gifts of contributing, giving aid, showing mercy and perhaps also rendering service. This gift is the most common and perhaps very important because Peter encourages those who render service to do it "with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 4:11).

It is tough for small churches make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people, such as providing extra help or making changes to the way the church provides its services. The responsibility rests not just with church leaders, but with everyone.

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