By: Tim Sader
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
If the church would carry some of the burden of those facing difficulties the Beabled would soon be healed. By helping carry the load of the lesser parts we help them work right so together we can be complete. The ministries that exist inside our churches to help the Beabled are few and far between they are virtually invisible. This is a great first step and there’s no despising humble beginnings but Beabled ministry can be much more. The disability cannot be the focus; the Beabled need to be seen for the part we play in the church. Some churches offer a room where disabled and caregivers can go to watch church in private. Loud noises affect some disabilities so this is good to offer but after the music these families need fellowship with others. We cannot consider others above or selves or be complete if we are missing parts. It’s not good for kids or the learning challenged to bored in the service so to train them right a class might be available where they can learn and fellowship. Everything done to include the Beabled is one step closer to us being complete. A Beabled church could have a special class for those with learning needs where they could benefit from a personalized message if they’re to old or unable to be in children’s ministry. The people in the ministry would care for the individual needs during church so their gift can develop and the one being helped would benefit from the love of others (1 Corinthians 12:28). Many helpers would be caregivers but there would be fellowship with others helping or needing help. Some disabled children are far less disruptive than able bodied children.
For that reason whenever possible children with needs should be included in children’s ministry. Fellowship needs to be taught at a young age. The sooner children learn to do good to all people the better it will be in future churches (Galatians 6:10). For Beabled children there could be an IEP (Individualized Education Program) equivalent to see to their needs and spiritual growth. Some kids are caring, have gifts of healing and a desire to help others. The children with needs would help bring those gifts out at an earlier age. Children are eager to learn and trying to figure out who they will be. What better time for them to learn their gifts and use them to build others in the class with needs (1 Corinthians 14:12). Putting the Beabled child with healthy children would be the perfect recipe for the miraculous because of their great faith. Children believe in God without a second thought if we won’t be like a child it’ll be hard to enter the Kingdom. Jesus welcomed kids to teach us about blind faith and if faith needs action that’s just the beginning of what kids can show us. If we welcome them we welcome Him. Remember the least of them is the greatest so to make them great the body becomes greater (Luke 9:48). To facilitate this there would be a Beabled aide in the room to watch out for children with needs. It might mean taking a Sunday to teach the kids why Johnny doesn’t talk or why Tommy can’t walk. We must find ways to welcome kids especially those with needs because what we do to the least little one we do to the Lord (Matthew 25:40). Kids can be mean sometimes but with the right presentation the Beabled might be the coolest kid in the room. To build our church we must build who seems least. By welcoming these kids we do right to God Himself.
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