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Church Building Needs

Hearing AidIn the Household Body, as in the human body, the physically challenged are supported by the rest of the body. In a human body, if one kidney shuts down, the second steps in and often enlarges to work for both. When an ear goes deaf, the head automatically twists so that the eye can lip-read the words spoken. The body does not excommunicate the ear because of it's deafness, it stimulates it as a valuable member, but simultaneously turns to another member for help. Abbot Charles-Michel de l'Épée (1712-1789) was called "the Father of the Deaf" who after encountering two deaf sisters in Paris who communicated using a sign language decided to dedicate himself to the education and salvation of the deaf. He began a system of "signed French" so that they could legally defend themselves in court. Two years after his death in 1789, the National Assembly of France recognized him as a "Benefactor of Humanity." Thus began signing for the deaf which is still used today. The deaf, the frail, the disabled and the elderly as well as children and babies in fact all the physically challenged are due greater honor and are vital in the Mystical Body of Christ.

Accessible Buildings

Elevator entranceThe physically challenged are the reason that our Church buildings need elevators and hearing impaired equipment. Otherwise our actions declare, "we don't care for physically or mentally challenged persons or those with other disabilities." This attitude dishonors the Body of Christ. The local school, the library and the supermarket may all be accessible, but not God's house! Unknowingly, a congregation's inaccessible building gives the subtle message to the community, "the physically challenged are not welcome here!" The sign outside may read, "All Welcome" but the lack of accessibility, whether a ramp, an elevator, extra wide doors for wheelchairs or spacious washrooms give the opposite message! I believe our churches have to do much better!✞

"Physically Challenged"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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