Rev. Samuel Gnanarajah
Deaf Link, Methodist Church Sri Lanka (MCSL)
All mighty Heavenly Father,
People with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and vulnerable minorities in Sri Lankan society.
They are less likely to have access to education, health care facilities, economic and social status than those without disabilities.
Our prayer is that the ‘self-help’ groups we’ve formed will become independent and include themselves in wider society confidently.
Our prayer is always for children with special needs, for their education, livelihood and inclusion with other children.
God of life, we are sorry for looking down and treating people with disabilities as objects for charity instead of considering them as fuller humans who need our empathy and understanding.
Our prayer to have a fruitful life together towards an inclusive community in our country.
Lord, Deaf Link is on an incredible journey to embrace the PWD’S and uphold their dignity. Guide us throughout our pilgrimage.
God of the disabled, give us the vision to see that all people have gifts and abilities to share as part of our community of faith.
We pray in the name of the one who always saw the best in people, Jesus Christ, our lord,
UnitingWorld supports our partner Deaf Link to provide occupational training to women with disabilities and provide access to education for children with disabilities. This enables people with disabilities, through work and study, to be accepted, equal and valued members of society. Find out more
As part of Lent Event this year, we asked our church partners from around the world how we can support them in prayer. Their responses allow us to pray in solidarity, but also to learn about their struggles and what they long to see in their communities.
The above prayer was one that was featured in the guide in a shortened version.