The advances of the web have changed the world. Now we must learn to use it at its best.
James’ favourite song for me to sing with him is “Jesus loves me, this I know”.
For us as parents of a child with additional needs, there are certainly many times to weep, times to be sad. But there is so much more to life than the tears if we are willing.
In the early stages there is the trigger for relationship breakdown as we are struggling with understanding what is going on with our child.
One of the things about parenting a child or young person with additional needs, is that life is never predictable.
There is always hope, hope for every child. No matter how profoundly they are impacted by their additional needs or disabilities, the love of Christ can and does reach them as powerfully as anyone else.
Why not help them to use a Brick Bible which tells Bible stories through Lego pictures?
Maybe we should think about our own motivation for praying for healing for others; is there a risk that we are praying for healing for a loved one because that might make our life a little easier?
If disabled people were a nation, they would be the third most populous in the world (after China and India). Surely they deserve for us to keep fighting with them to change perceptions, change reality, and yes, change the world.
Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.
The European Disability Network (EDN) coordinated a series of workshops in Tallinn about how the Christian community can and should take into account people with disabilities.
Arts have been one of the threads of the first two days of the Hope for Europe conference, in Tallinn (Estonia).
“For many people, religion is a defining part of their life and should therefore be given greater focus”, Ofcom’s report on Equal Opportunities in Television says.
Abortion rates for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal abnormality, are high: nearly 100 per cent in Iceland, 98 per cent in Denmark, and 90 per cent in the United Kingdom.
“We have a responsibility to ensure the visibility of disabled people”.
A Spanish biomedical engineering student is designing a special wheelchair, adapted to the sandy soil of Mozambique, to meet the needs of the population in the rural areas.
The European Disability Network will meet in Riga (Latvia), 27-30 April. “We need people who do not have a disability to work with us”, says coordinator Thérèse Swinters.
Germán López-Cortacans, has presented a thesis on the image of God in people with intellectual disabilities. “Christians have to be self-critical”.
We do not want our churches to merely include people with disabilities, we want them to be places where people with disabilities feel they belong.
Produce information about your events in accessible formats. Book a sign language interpreter for the meetings during your mission week.
How can the church better include people with disabilities? What was Jesus Christ's approach? Thérèse Swinters (European Disability Network) speaks from her own experience.
Only in the European Union, 70 million people live with some kind of disability. Churches should “get the issue onto the agenda”, says Thérèse Swinters, facilitator of the European Disability Network.
Today, we might comfortably discuss ministry by, even under, but especially from leaders with disabilities.
The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.