The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) will observe this year’s ‘Asia Sunday’ on 13 May, on the theme, ‘Embracing the Differently Abled and Upholding Their Dignity’.
The Asia Sunday is observed every year on the Sunday before the Pentecost.
The General Secretary of CCA Dr. Mathews George Chunakara requested member churches, councils and ecumenical partners around the world to organize special worship and prayer services as part of the observance of the Asia Sunday with a focus on the dignity of the disabled people.
“The Church as a community, called to be in God’s mission, should be concerned of all God’s people, and to embrace everyone, including those who live with disabilities, who are created in the image of God”, said Mathews George.
The CCA General Secretary further added that the observance of Asia Sunday with a focus on the disabled people will be an occasion to remind and sensitize churches in Asia to be concerned that “all people with or without disabilities have unique gifts and abilities to share with others as they live in a community; the disabled people are included to be part of every community, where they can use their various God-given gifts”.
Due to ageing populations, natural disasters, conflicts and war, chronic health conditions, road accidents and related injuries, poor working conditions, and other factors the number of persons who live with different forms of disabilities are increasing in the world.
One in every six persons in Asia has some form of disability, and they number about 650 million..
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