We had a fantastic night last night chatting by Zoom with our partners from DeafLink in Sri Lanka (a ministry of the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka).
Reverend Gnanarajah shared with us his personal call to ministry alongside people with disabilities – his son was born deaf and this prompted him to consider the potential of people with disability in his broader community. He persuaded his church to employ him leading a team who create education, training and awareness for people with disability. Gnanarajah loves the work, regarding it as a real challenge and a call to serve among those who have enormous potential but very few opportunities.
Gnanarajah’s team took us inside a classroom on the East coast of Sri Lanka where some of the teaching staff and students shared with us the challenges and joys of working together. During lockdown, the staff have created workbooks and online resources for their students, and these materials are being shared by other schools with the support of the Government.
At the conclusion of the call, we asked Gnanarajah how we could support his team in prayer and our supporters online also asked the DeafLink team to pray for us here in Australia.
- For families who have more than one child at home with a disability. It’s very difficult for them during lockdowns to educate their children while also keeping food on the table.
- For the staff of DeafLink and the teachers who are training in inclusive education. Opportunities for children with disability to learn and earn are always very limited
- For the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka as people to travel to serve others in remote areas – taking food, health education resources and encouragement. COVID-19 has decimated the tourist economy and many are without work.
We asked our partners to pray for us:
- That Australian people might grow in compassion toward refugees and asylum seekers, especially those from Sri Lanka, and that our government might have a change of heart toward people like the Muragappen family.
- That Australian congregations would grow in generosity and awareness of the need of our partners and the value of standing in solidarity through prayer and giving
- That as individuals we might experience something of the conviction and call displayed by so many of our partners who serve in incredibly difficult places
- For all asylum seekers and people living far from home in Australia, including the South Sudanese community represented on the call by a number of young people and pastors in QLD.
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