The Luke 14 Mandate
The Lord Jesus directly mandated the Church in Luke 14:21-23 as a matter of urgency saying:
“…Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ So, the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full…”
Only the gospel of Jesus can make a lasting, significant, and eternal difference in the lives of people with disabilities; just like it is for every living being on the surface of the earth! The needs of families dealing with disabilities go beyond charitable offers, as helpful as these are.
Jesus says, “the house of God is not full without the disabled community fully participating in the church”.
We must look beyond reaching out to people with disabilities as an act of benevolence, but as reaching out to people who are also among the heirs of salvation, joint heirs of the kingdom whose souls are also precious in God’s sight. Gen 1:27; Romans 8:17
Statistics currently show:
- Over one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability, and of these, between 110 and 190 million have significant difficulties in functioning, according to the World Report on Disability (A)
- Only 5 to 10% of the world’s disabled are effectively reached with the gospel, making the disability community one of the largest unreached — some say under-reached — or hidden people groups in the world (B)
- “90% – 95% of the world’s disabled people never hear the Gospel” (B)
- There is a 75-80% rate of divorce or separation among families that are affected by disabilities.
- More than 90% of church-going special needs parents cited the most helpful support to be a “welcoming attitude toward people with disabilities.”
OAKONSULT DISABILITIES OUTREACH actively seek to bridge this gap by:
- Creating awareness, encouraging churches to openly talk about disability and the Christian faith
- Engaging church leadership and sharing about disability ministry
- Promoting the culture of inclusion in churches through training and development
- Providing educational and practical resources to support churches in this mission
- Facilitating further discussion on the Theology of Disability and Suffering
To achieve the above, we will explore issues on:
- Starting a special needs group/unit
- Recruiting volunteers
- Engaging church leadership
- Resources for continuous development
We also facilitate topics such as:
- How can the church be more inclusive?
- How to support people with disabilities
- How to support families (parents, siblings etc.)
- How to create a culture of acceptance in the church