Enable seeks to help people with seen or unseen disabilities connect with God and understand that their lives are created intentionally, intricately and for a God-given purpose. Through working with schools and churches, Enable introduces people with complex needs to the Christian faith and gives them hope for their future.
The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism identified that 90% of people living with a disability have not been effectively reached with the gospel, making them one of the hardest-to-rech people groups.
But they are not really hard to reach, we just need to know how! With the right training and resources, churches can become welcoming places where people with disabilities thrive and find a place to belong.
Enable is passionate not only about seeing people with disabilities welcomed into churches but about seeing them equipped to continue their journey of discipleship, fellowship and service in their local community.
Enable works in partnership with local churches, helping them to serve people with seen and unseen disabilities. We offer the development of resources such as:
– Providing braille and large text bibles
– Improving building accessibility
– Training a sign language team for church services and meetings
We are keen to offer ongoing training and practical support for church staff and volunteers, helping them to become more aware of disability needs and how to make our churches and means of discipleship accessible.
We are also available to speak at meetings, services and special occasions wherever appropriate.
Enable currently offers two different lessons.
Each lesson is run informally with information, an icebreaker, personal stories, creative tasks, reflection and questions, all with a Christian ethos:
– Dreams and ambitions
Enable’s lessons serve to challenge perceptions of disability and encourage pupils to identify areas in their own lives where personal circumstances may be holding them back from achieving.
John leads Enable, drawing on his wealth of experience in church ministry and his personal journey of living with cerebral palsy. Born eight weeks premature and diagnosed with a severe muscular disability, it was assumed John would never be able to walk, talk or be independent. By the grace and power of God, John has overcome life-limiting obstacles and is now able to inspire and encourage those facing the same difficulties. John is passionate about seeing people connect with the good news of Jesus, and is especially committed to ensuring that those with seen or unseen disabilities have opportunities to respond to the gospel, connect with and serve the local church and be released into the fullness of life that God has for them.
Over the last few days, I have had multiple people send me the article from the BBC with the heading ‘Stop Trying to Heal Me’, asking for my thoughts.
John Williams reflects on the impact of the first ever disabled winner of Britain’s Got Talent.
Please pray for the Message Bus in Scotland as we partner with different churches and organisations over the next couple of months. Pray that young people will respond to the gospel and be connected to local churches.
One year on from the launch of Enable, John (team leader) looks back at how this ministry has grown during this time…
As I write this blog, I am so blessed that many friends and my family were able to be at Total Fitness to watch me complete a 5k run around the running track, raising money for Enable which I lead.…