Heaven's Family Magazine
March 2016 Issue

Disabilities Ministry

Special Issue: 2015 Ministry Directors' Report

Carmen Parise

Oscar became paralyzed from the waist down after a fall while harvesting avocados. His medical care will be assisted through a new mobile medical clinic funded by Heaven’s Family

In the developing world disabilities are often perceived to be the work of evil spirits, the result of ancestral sin, or the consequence of a previous life lived badly. On top of that, those afflicted with disabilities in poor countries are burdened with the realization of how much their problems strain their poor families who care for them because they don’t have the tools that those in developed countries employ.

The Disabilities Ministry of Heaven’s Family exists to relieve those burdens. We assist saints with special needs and help their families provide the best care possible. We also seek to change how communities view the disabled by exposing superstition and enlightening people with the gospel.

We accomplished a lot with your support in 2015! In Uganda we provided care, medication, adaptive devices (such as wheelchairs, braces, crutches, cerebral palsy chairs), therapy, training and mentoring. We also funded schooling, as well as doctor visits and procedures. And, thanks to many who responded to our appeal last fall, we’ll be breaking ground for a special school for disabled children this year!

In Kenya we partnered with a Christian vocational center that trains women with disabilities how to sew/tailor, crochet, make jewelry and learn other artisan skills. Not only does the center equip those with disabilities to become financially independent, it also disciples them to be followers of Jesus Christ!

As the new director of this ministry, one of my goals is to strengthen our relationships with existing partners around the globe and establish new ones. One that I am particularly excited about is based in Guatemala. There I witnessed love, care and compassion being poured out on 13 foster children with very challenging disabilities. The husband and wife team seek to train more couples to care for disabled foster children—many of whom have been abandoned—in their own homes.

Thank you so much for helping these and other “unwanted” children and adults with disabilities in 2015. Often discarded by the world, they are loved by Jesus.

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:2,3).

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This Month's Articles

Heaven's Family's Compassion Club

Jesus so clearly described His true followers in Matthew 25:31-46. They are “sheep,” whose love for Him is revealed by their sacrifices for the “least of these.” The “sheep” are contrasted with the “goats,” who may even call Him “Lord,” but who don’t really love Him, as revealed by their lack of compassion for those within whom He lives.

Jesus’ true sheep are born again and transformed by the Holy Spirit. They want to serve Jesus every moment of their lives. They are filled with His love. They’re not “Sunday Christians.”

Heaven’s Family’s Compassion Club is a wonderful means for Christ’s followers to demonstrate their love for Jesus every day through the very means He taught—by serving the “least of these.”

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