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.
“As we visit homes in the village and meet with children with cerebral palsy and their parents, the memory of this boy in pain gives me energy and impetus to keep going, to keep teaching and showing and training as much as I am able, so that other kids can have a chance to be well cared for and helped,” says Beth.
Our experience with this boy encourages us to keep smiling, to keep telling people that besides what the culture tells them – they are loved by God, not cursed, and their love is seen by their children.”
"If you are starting out on the language and culture learning journey or if you have been at it a while and are feeling tired and despondent, I encourage you to persevere. To stick with it and pray for strength to continue. Keep asking questions and keep learning about the culture," urges Beth.
Trabajadores de OM en Asia Central forman relaciones con mujeres que la sociedad desprecia, mostrando que no son menos; son amadas.
“I love hearing from the local people here about the workers that have gone before us who have now returned to their passport countries,” shares Beth. “I hear stories like: ‘She taught me to quilt’ or ‘She gave me this recipe’ or ‘She taught me how to set a table for foreigners.’ And, of course, the best stories begin: ‘She taught me about Jesus.’ These are the things those who have gone before us have left behind.”
Después de años de vivir entre un grupo apartado de personas no alcanzadas, los obreros de OM ven a Dios atraer a los primeros creyentes locales a sí mismos.
After years of living among a remote unreached people group, OMers see God draw the first local believers to Himself.