Why the MADE network exists?
Through disability, Christians have the opportunity to display God’s power and glory most clearly to those we seek to reach. Yet, there is a risk that the missions movement might adopt a secular perspective of skill and success rather than a biblical one. There is a tendency to engage those who seem to have it all together, are intelligent, gifted communicators, physically fit, and winsome – the people who make Christians look good in every way – to be pastors and missionaries. However, God is particularly interested in the humble – in those who admit their need for him. He has a knack for using great combinations of abilities and disabilities for his glory.
This network exists to explore how our approach to the mission can include those with a disability, whether through advocacy, policy, practical support in preparation and/or on the field or in other ways. We celebrate stories of people with disability in mission and inspire others with a disability to explore the call.
Why? So the missions movement will be blessed, as Jesus says in Luke 14:13-14!
Can I join the MADE network?
If the above or any of the following activities inspire you, please join us:
Compiling case studies of families/people with disability and the impact of that disability for the Missio Dei
Sharing experiences and case studies from your agency
Discussing common issues faced in including/sending people with disability
Sharing resources on sending people with disability
Developing a disability inclusion policy for your agency
Undertaking a disability inclusion audit and planning process for your organisation
The group meets 2-3 times each year.
We generally meet online, and will occasionally organise a face-to-face meeting coinciding with a missions event.
Mission and Disability Engagement (MADE) blogsite
Mission and Disability Engagement (MADE) policy template for sending agencies / missions organisations (for members only)