Monday, October 10, 2016

Why All Churches Need A Special Needs Ministry

People with special needs of all ages and gender's are rejected by the world because we are different. We are bullied, harassed, abused, ignored, and treated horribly all because we have special needs. None of us with special needs woke up one day and said: "you know what I'm gonna have special needs for the rest of my life so that everyone will hate my guts and abuse me that will make so happy." Most people with special needs are told to just get over it, overcome it, don't think about it and etc. Would you go up to a blind person and say "you need to start seeing like us normal people just stop being blind"?? Would you say to someone in a wheelchair "get up and walk like the rest of us you freak"?? That's how most people treat those with special needs that's how we get talked to and yet people who are blind, deaf or in a wheelchair normally don't get treated that way. This is probably because you can't see Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD, bi-polar, depression, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, down syndrome, etc the way you can see and tell if someone is blind, deaf or in a wheelchair. Just because you can't see something it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Most people seem to think that we outgrow special needs and that by the time we are adults we are just suddenly cured. Wrong it doesn't happen that way and it will never happen that way people with special needs don't grow out of them. Here are some statistics that I think you need to see...

"The Rhode Island protocol showed that 29.8% of people with severe disabilities suffered from frequent depression, compared to 14.6% of people with moderate disabilities and 4.2% of people with no disabilities. These results show that compared with the no disabilities group, people with severe disabilities were 7 times more likely to report frequent depression."  http://www.aahd.us/2008/03/depressive-symptoms-and-clinical-depression-and-people-with-disabilities-prevalence/

"Some type of disability (i.e., difficulty in hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, self-care, or independent living) was reported by 36% of people age 65 and over in 2012. The percentages for individual disabilities ranged from almost one quarter (23 percent) having an ambulatory disability to 7 percent having a vision difficulty (Figure 9). Some of these disabilities may be relatively minor but others cause people to require assistance to meet important personal needs. There is a strong relationship between disability status and reported health status. The presence of a severe disability is also associated with lower income levels and educational attainment. https://www.naela.org/Public/About_NAELA/Media/Aging_and_Special_Needs_Statistics.aspx

For statistic's on people with disabilities being suicidal please visit this link - http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/suicide.php

For other statistic's on disabilities please visit this link - https://www.disabilitystatistics.org/

I also encourage you to go to this link and read everything there 

http://www.frontiernet.net/~lindaf1/SOCIALSECURITYDISABILITYNIGHTMARE.html 

It's a lot to read but well worth reading. 

So we who have special needs disabilities are rejected basically everywhere we go and then people wonder why we are so introverted. It seems no matter where we go we get bullied and told to become someone else basically. Just change our DNA and cure ourselves. How would you like to be treated like that everywhere you went? 

It's no wonder most people with special needs disabilities are depressed and suicidal. They believe no one in the world wants them they feel cast out and alone. 

Now here is where the Church comes in. The Church should be a place where everyone including those with special needs feels and knows they are welcomed and loved as they are. The thing is that's not happening. You see instead of being greeted, loved and accepted people with special needs are told that if they had enough faith they wouldn't have special needs they would be healed. 

Because of this very wrong teaching, people with special needs feel rejected not only by the world but they think GOD rejects them to and so they commit suicide. 

You have no right at all to tell someone it's a sin to have special needs because news flash it's not a sin to be disabled. 

First, off one of the ten disciples Luke was a physician a doctor. Don't you think that if it was a sin to be sick or disabled then it would be logical that it would be sin to be a doctor after all that teaching says to believe in GOD for healing not go to a doctor and yet Jesus never once not once ever in all the Gospel's told Luke he was sinning by being a doctor. So if it's not a sin to be a doctor it's not a sin to be sick or disabled. 

"The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say" Exodus 4:11-12 

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 


"As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “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 9:1-3 

I think those verses say very plainly that it's not a sin to have special needs, don't you? So you have no right to condemn those of us who have special needs. Remember that there is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus and Jesus rejects no one who comes to Him. Also, there are Christian's you can research who are disabled such as Joni Eareckson Tada. 

I also am a grateful believer and follower of Jesus Christ and I have Asperger's. My brother believes in GOD as well and has severe Autism. 

I'm asking all Christian's out there to start accepting those with special need's and loving them as Christ does. They have had enough rejection. 

Remember if you drive someone to suicide that makes you their murderer. 

Please start special need's ministries in your Churches. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few. 

Are you going to help out or are you going to do what the rest of the world does and reject those with special needs? It's your choice. 



1 comment:

Elizabeth Rhea said...

Great topic and excellent research! I like how you backed up your opinion with articles. Very nice!