In Malawi, where people with disabilities are often ostracized, a church group working within their community sends a powerful message of God’s love. Through this program, families and individuals living with physical and/or cognitive disabilities receive physical, emotional, and spiritual healing from trained volunteers. As healing takes place, harmful misconceptions and stigmas surrounding those with disabilities begin to fade.
1,400+ people with special needs and their family members are served.
82% of home-based care recipients understand that Jesus loves them.
79% of caretakers indicated that their child with disabilities gets invited to play by other children thanks to the program.
Aubrey was born with cerebral palsy and couldn't walk, talk, or feed himself. But then disability ministry volunteers showed up and over the course of three years the story of his life changed.
Reaching out to individuals and families with disabilities involves a two-fold approach.
Worship at the Cross (Jesus Cares Ministry) is a modified worship service that provides spiritual healing to those living with disabilities and their families. Volunteers do this by creating a space where God can be worshiped by all in the ways that work best for them.
"It's encouraging how much Worship at the Cross encourages my daughter to read her Bible on her own. It shows her she is well-loved by God." – Annie, mother of a child in the disability ministry
Home-Based Care is provided by skilled volunteers who offer basic physical therapy to those with disabilities. The healing also extends to family members through education that empowers them to be advocates for their child or family member against common misconceptions and stigmas that exist in their communities. Creating communities that are accepting and understanding starts by changing the landscape and conversation surrounding those living with disabilities.
Their community in Malawi did not see them, care to know them, or give their existence a second thought. But God saw Bright, Ellena, Chimwemwe, Immanuel, and their families. When the disability ministry volunteers showed up they not only connected these families to God but to each other as well. READ MORE