"The Gospel & Disability Conference"
On Saturday, June 30, Pastor John Rug, the Director of CEMIPRE and fellow MTW missionary, and local pastor, Caleb Fernández, will present a conference on “The Gospel and Disability”at the Presbyterian Church of Valparaíso (Chile). The emphasis will be on establishing networks for ministering to individuals affected by disability.
Invitations have been made to manychurches across the region, as well as to folks who are already doing some type of ministry among the special needs community.
The host church, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, has an established special needs ministry and continues to seek new ways to reach out. In a culture where disability is still viewed by many as punishment by a distant, angry god, members at the Presbyterian Church of Valparaíso are making it known that they welcome individuals touched by disability and want them to have access to the Gospel. Recently, they started to offer sign language interpretation of the Sunday services!
The benefits of an event like this could be tremendous! We see like-minded churches coming together with a desire and a passion to welcome the “differently enabled” and their families. And then those same churches collaborating to reach even more members of this overlooked group. We want to minimize the barriers that exist in sharing the Gospel. Full inclusion and participation of people affected by disability and their families in the church!
This event is an answer to a prayer that has been prayed from the inception of CEMIPRE, nearly fifteen years ago. All of us involved with CEMIPRE are very excited about what this opportunity represents and what it could mean. Please continue praying that other local churches would be excited about taking the Gospel to a whole communityof people right in their midst.
Would you join us in praying?
Financial Support Update
In the last month, one church, three families and one individual have said YES to partnership in ministry in Chile. This puts us just shy of 80%!
In God's Grace,
The Grotton Crew
David & Danielle Grotton
MTW - Chile
Account # 17072
The Grotton Family
David and Danielle are missionaries serving in Viña del Mar, Chile. They work primarily among the differently enabled.