Posted on : Thursday November 2, 2017

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SILVER SPRING, Md.–Georgia Avenue Baptist Church, Silver Spring, Md., will host a disability outreach on November 18.

The theme of the workshop is “The World with Differently Abled Persons – Role or Contributions of Churches in Fostering Welcoming and Inclusive Communities.”

Disability is a natural phenomenon that is part of the human condition, shared organizer Jeannette Kah Le Guil, chairperson of the Georgia Avenue Baptist Church Disability Ministry. “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?” (Ex 4:11, NIV). Almost everyone will have temporary or permanent impairments at some point in life, she said.

She notes that disability is not inability. People with disabilities have the skills to play an important role in our communities. Despite their abilities, persons with disabilities continue to be in the peripherals of social interaction and development.

It is estimated that 53 million adults in the United States, over 1 billion in the world, live with a form of disability. Only a few of them can attend churches due to mindset and devaluating attitudes toward persons with disabilities in Christian Community. Persons from all different backgrounds and cultures look for churches where both the challenges and blessings of disability are embraced. Church communities are called to be places of welcome and inclusion for all. Unfortunately, people with a disability can still find themselves on the edges of church life, or excluded altogether.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts engaged in activities that promote disability inclusion and share knowledge.

The Banquet Network, a ministry of Freedom Church in Baltimore that seeks to inspire, equip, and resource churches to reach, serve and include people and families with special needs and disabilities, will be on the program.

The workshop will take place at Georgia Avenue Baptist Church, 12525 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20906 (map), on November 18 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.

Sign language interpretation is available.

Please call (301) 946-1331 or email to gabc@gabc.comcastbiz.net to confirm your availability by November 15, 2017 so we can plan for your attendance