The Lausanne Movement (www.lausanne.org) is an international movement committed to energizing “the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.”
“It is clear from a casual reading of the Gospels that Jesus has great compassion for people with disabilities and their families, preferring to spend time with them rather than people of wealth, influence, power, or even those in the religious hierarchy. Whether it was the man born blind in John 9, or the individual with the withered hand in Luke 14, Jesus was “moved with compassion” whenever he encountered people with disabilities.
“Thirty-four leaders of disability ministries from 23 countries gathered at Forum 2004 in Thailand to explore ways we could motivate the church to demonstrate this same compassion. Many of these 34 leaders are disabled themselves; all of them work with disabled people. We came together in order to encourage Christ-like compassion in the hearts of pastors around the world. We believe the church of Jesus Christ will be strengthened as it reflects this same compassion toward people with disabilities.”