My wife and I’s hearts has a special place to help destigmatize special needs, neurodivergent, and developmental disabilities within our everyday life. This includes, especially, within the church. This statistic blows my mind every time I read it:
Did you know that there is an unreached people group in your neighborhood? Only 5-10% of the world’s disabled population are effectively reached with the gospel. That makes people with disabilities one of the largest unreached people groups in the world!
Couple visible disabilities with hidden disabilities such as mental illness or substance misuse, and we have a HUGE population that we are not sharing Jesus with.
We have shared several videos and resources from Joni and Friends that you should check out, but this one hits at churches needing to step up and help families living with disabilities integrate into their church family. The video below is the story of Joshua and his mother as well as a welcoming church that made all the difference. Their church has included them and treated their family as indispensable parts of the body of Christ, created in God’s image.