Ministry of the Disabled

Each month I get the magazine Christianity Today. This month’s issue has an interesting article. Click here to read it.

I wrote a letter to the editor about it and since they don’t publish all the letters sent I wanted to share it with you.

I wanted to take a few moments to thank you and give feedback on the wonderful article “The Ministry of Disabled,” from page 35 of the May 2018 issue.

I am a pastor as well as a mental health professional. For the last four years, I’ve worked with children and adults with various developmental and intellectual disabilities, especially in the area of autism. I have a step-son who is non-verbal autistic. If we can only take a few moments and see the world and Christ through their eyes we would truly be blessed!

We as members of the Body of Christ must be united with all persons who make up the body. Our special adults and children have so much to offer and they embody the Greek word diakonos (servant/minister). They serve their church and God with so much love and compassion that they offer a rare glimpse of what Agape love is. Do not hide these great Ambassadors of Christ!  Embrace them, embrace the gifts that the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon them!

Remember what Christ said in Matthew 25:45 (Amp): “Then He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you did not do it for Me.’” Encourage our differently-abled in their ministry opportunities. Include them in worship, prayer, and teaching ministries. Remember the Gates of Glory are open to ALL who love God.

In His Loving Service

Rev. Fr. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.
Bishop & Vicar

2 thoughts on “Ministry of the Disabled

  1. Pafre Tatro, Your letter captures the essence of the original article. And the article’s first sentence says it all, “I can’t wait to see what kind of ministry she will have,” our friend said a few weeks after our daughter Penny was born. Your letter takes on new meaning for me. Since March I have completed 6 weeks of PT for my back. While I have made great progress, I only a few days ago realized that until further notice I am among the handicapped. I must measure every move I make. Now I better appreciate all YOU have been through with your health. Your letter moved me & helped me to reevaluate where I go from here & what ministry I too can offer. Thank you as always for your guidance. Phil

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    • Phil, as always you Warm my heart. PT or as I call voluntary torture is good. Just remember to stretch and water exercise is the best! I will continue to say prayers of healing for you.


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