Disability in Mission: The Church's Hidden Treasure
Disability in Mission: The Church's Hidden Treasure outlines a radical change in approaches to missiology, missions, and praxis for the twenty-first-century global cultural context. It explores a pattern whereby God works powerfully in missions through disability and not in spite...
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Disability in Mission: The Church's Hidden Treasure outlines a radical change in approaches to missiology, missions, and praxis for the twenty-first-century global cultural context. It explores a pattern whereby God works powerfully in missions through disability and not in spite of it. No matter what our disability or vulnerability may be, God can use us; and if the body of Christ is supportive, people with disability can be effective agents of transformation in the mission field. Via a number of case studies of people with disabilities who are involved in missions, and with robust biblical and missiological justification, this book examines the role of those with disability in missions.
Includes a foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada.
"Disability in Mission does a wonderful job of helping the church see people with disability as a mission force rather than a mercy project. Drawing from biblical examples of how God uses human weakness to display divine strength, the authors provide compelling stories of those who, in their weakness, have become strong in Christ. This book is a true gift to the church, as it challenges us to reorient how we see our brothers and sisters with disability and instills kingdom dreams to those who may otherwise think they cannot contribute to the Great Commission." -Michael Y Oh, Global Executive Director and CEO of the Lausanne Movement
"This book contains a vital message that needs to be heard and heeded, not just in cross-cultural mission agencies, but by the whole Christian community. Its message certainly contains a powerful challenge, but it is above all an inspiring encouragement. What an amazing God we worship, who became weak for us in Christ and wants to use us-not in spite of our weaknesses but through them!" -Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbes, Oxford
"I grew up as the son of medical missionaries in Nigeria. I remember many missionaries struggling, but I don't remember missionaries with disabilities or with children with disabilities. This important book explores the power of missionaries with disabilities, or with children in their families whose faith and call enables others to see both their gifts and struggles. For people in lands where missionaries have often been associated with dominant Western cultures, these missionaries enhance a sense of mutuality that is built on both gifts and limitations. The witness of their work and call also embodies the proclamation of an authentic gospel in which power and powerlessness are very different in God's eyes. It also entails a church that affirms the dignity and the gifts of all of God's people. We are all called to be the church together." -Bill Gaventa, Director of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
"The call in the last decade has been to recast the life and mission of the church. We no longer think of mission as being to people with disabilities but with them. Disability in Mission shows us what this looks like in reality. Here we find firsthand accounts of people with disabilities engaging in the missio Dei to and from the ends of the earth. We able-bodied persons can now reimagine the church as one body with many members. The diversity of gifts and tongues will sound again as they sounded at Pentecost." -Amos Yong, Director of the Center for Missiological Research and Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary
Joni Eareckson Tada has known the grace of God for 30 years after being after being paralysed from the neck down in a diving accident. Joni is president of JAF Ministries, an organization that accelerates Christian ministry among people with disabilities. She is also host of 'Joni and Friends', a daily radio program in the USA operating out of the International Disability Centre and a sought after conference speaker.
She is the author of more than 30 books, including the bestsellers Diamonds in the Dust, Heaven, and More Precious Than Silver.
In 2003 she was given the Gold Medallion Award for her book When God Weeps and in 2004 for co-authoring Hymns for a Kid's Heart, Volume 1. Her award winning and best-selling autobiography, Joni, was adapted as a full-length feature film. Tada also serves in an advisory capacity to many Institutes concerned with disability, writing and evangelism worldwide. She has been given many awards and holds several honourary doctorates. Joni and her husband, Ken, live in Southern California.