Crossing Into Jordan

Wheels For the World - Jordan,  November 2011
 by Amy Son

In late 2011 myself and a small group from all over the U.S. came together as wheelchair mechanics and seating specialists to share God’s love and compassion.  We set out for Jordan on a Wheels For the World outreach ministry organized by Joni & Friends.  

As a Physical Therapist I see people struggle with their challenges.  In Jordan, as anywhere, the individuals that come to us are those diagnosed with spina bifida, scoliosis, stroke, paralysis, and cerebral palsy to name some common causes.  

Wheelchairs are very expensive and many families cannot afford them.  One boy that came to us had been carried all his life or dragged himself across the floor, up until the age of 9, when we were able to provide him with a pediatric wheelchair.

Our team’s mission - to reach out to those with physical and mental handicaps - easily reaches deep into people’s hearts, and changes lives, and families.  We bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and prayer along with every wheelchair that is given away.

picture of Amy with young boy smiling very big

 

The cultural response to disability reminds me of the mindset that existed during Jesus’ time.  It’s the mindset that these ostracising conditions existed because you were cursed by God, you were not found in favor with the Almighty, or that you deserved it.  The shame keeps many individuals at home, and you will not see them interacting in the community much because the community is not accessible to them, physically or emotionally.

As we fitted and customized wheelchairs for adults and children, it was our hope and prayer that they would see God’s compassion and love for all, and that most importantly, God does not make mistakes.  As we took minutes to hours working with each individual, the thoroughness and kindness was noted and God was praised.  By God’s grace, the locals saw a unified body of Christ as it was running smoothly and for the first time, I saw how actions do speak louder than words.

 

I learned that ministry for the disabled is truly effective when we not only increase awareness, dispel stigmas or promote community integration (which are all important objectives), but also equip people to minister to others.  The body of Christ is comprised of broken people healed by God and we are ALL called to be the salt of the earth.  It is not just the able-bodied that can minister.  Although the world may cast aside the broken and lame, it is our duty to equip without partiality, so that through all members of the body, the Gospel work may be finished.

picture of amy adjusting wheelchair

 

“No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,”
1 Corinthians 12:22-24, NKJV

 

Thank you Central church for your support to make this trip possible.

picture of Amy with young boy seated in his new chair