In Europe, 75 to 100 million people have a disability. This is more than 10% of the population. They have received legal recognition. Since the start of this century, several Christian organizations who work with people with disabilities have formed a network.
The needs and possibilities of people with a disability are diverse. In the more wealthy western countries, the authorities have built up practical support. In Eastern Europe, the most elementary necessities are often lacking. For instance, not everyone who needs it has a wheelchair. Slowly but surely accessibility is being worked on. However, in every case, personal loneliness is the biggest problem.
It is in the message of the Gospel that many find comfort. Nevertheless, how will they learn about this message if it is not shared with them? How will they get to know the churches if still very little is done to make them welcome? How will these people with a disability witness about the many blessings they have received through Jesus Christ if they are given little or no opportunity to speak in public? How can we involve them?