Somebody’s missing from the pulpit!

Imagine this, paralyzed from the neck down after a diving accident as a teen, a life confined to a wheelchair and a calling to preach the gospel. It happens, God uses whomever He chooses. This is the story of Joni Eareckson Tada, but she’s not alone. Nick Vucijic is a young man with no arms or legs who has one of the most powerful ministries in the world.

How many times have you seen a person with physical challenges in the pulpit? Ministry to the deaf has grown somewhat but what about those with visual challenges, those who use wheelchairs, those who have  mental illnesses or cognitive disabilities?

There’s a whole community missing from our pulpits  – and that means the body of Christ is not yet whole. God is a healer, but healing doesn’t always take the most obvious forms. Sometimes we need healing so that we can accept people as they are, and receive the word of God no matter what vessel He uses to deliver it.

I encourage individuals with disabilities to share their stories with us via our poetry contest. I don’t know enough about how to reach out to this community or  how we can position ourselves to receive what God has given them for us. Educate me. Share this post with people who you think may be able to help. We need to hear from you and we need to respond.

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