Skills and gifting: We are looking for a therapist with back ground in paediatrics or neurology but willing to work with children. When working with children with disabilities in a rural developing country we often have to use very different approaches then in the west, community inclusion and functionality are our highest goals.
Often we lack the simplest support like wheelchairs and other equipment while we work on projects to provide these we also need to find local sustainable solutions that enable and encourage the family.
Generally we follow the “community based rehabilitation” guidelines of the WHO in most of our projects.
In our community disability projects we work with local partner NGOs who are often run by parents of CWDs or disabled people themselves. We support them in day to day work, assessments, training for local staff but also project planning and implementation as many of our projects are seen as models for rehabilitation in the whole country.
After years of living among a remote unreached people group, OMers see God draw the first local believers to Himself.
“If I am completely honest, I think I spent our first two years in Central Asia longing to go home to our home country (or even to the USA where we had lived for a short while),” admits Beth. “I would pray: Your will God but deep down I was hoping that His will was that we wouldn’t be here long.”
“We were strangers, and they called us over to bless us. They didn’t have to give us anything—let alone everything—but they did it with smiles on their faces. They didn’t know us; they didn’t expect anything in return; they just gave,” remembers Nicole.
God uses OMers to show His love to local believers, who then spread that love to their own communities.
“Christmas is about Jesus and celebrating His birth, and I’m realising each year that it doesn’t really matter if we’re eating roast chicken or horse meat or whether we’re with special family or up on stage singing. It’s a joy to celebrate the Light coming into the world,” shares Beth.
Workers in Central Asia walk alongside local believers and share small bits of truth with those they live among.