Enable is a ministry close to my heart because it takes the gospel to adults with disabilities. As a student of Master's College and Seminary (formally EPBC), I understand the power of God to transform lives. As a Developmental Service Worker (DSW) who trained at Centennial College, I understand the value of having a valued role in the community. Combining these two disciplines, Enable ministers to represent God to Christian's with disabilities and disciple them into the roles Jesus is calling them to play in the faith community as participants in the royal priesthood of Jesus! Enable works to help to enable the faith of Christian with disabilities like Autism, Down Syndrome, and the like in developing their spiritual gifts in accordance to to their calling and supports them fulfilling the Great Commission in the way only they can.
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1. W@W (Wednesdays at Willowdale) 630-8pm (September – December & February – April). – Features a wonderful and amazing community dinners, opportunities to develop natural supports, and develop strong relationships in the community.
The enABLE Ministry offers a discipleship class as an elective. For more information about our discipleship class visit us here.
2. enABLE Cafe (Ongoing on a monthly bases). This event is free if charge and promted through word of mouth.
If you would like to participate in our next enABLE Cafe contact Rev. Joseph at 416-835-4197 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The enABLE Personal Discipleship Plan. (New seminars & workshops are being planned) Our ministry believes in the Priesthood of all believers and that the Holy Spirit role in enabling Jesus followers that we have developed an effective strategy of discipleship. Through workshops & seminars, we train adults with disabilities to use their gifts within their community.
ONGOING MINISTRY & MINISTRY DEVELOPMENTS
PanAM Games – enABLE leaders were present for the second meeting and are hoping to be involved with the Para-PANAM Games planning with More Than Gold.
Online Outreach – is continuing, let us know if you would like to help encourage families of children with autism.
We have welcome Tim Likely from the University of Toronto (Wycliffe) as a student placement in partnership with Christian Horizons. Tim will be working with us in developing our seminars and workshops.
Developing resources for families & churches. The demand for our strategy is growing and as a result, we are beginning to put our strategy into writing. Our goal is to develop a resource for your church and your family.
The one thing I’ve learned through the enABLE Ministry has been the importance of being faithful and loving what God gives us to do. I am taken by how faithful God is to his people and the extent Jesus went to ensure that people had every opportunity to know our heavenly father. Recently, I found the writings of the Apostle Paul in Romans 6.17-19 to be very encouraging because Paul seemed to understand that we are all limited in some way. Over the years, I have found the faithfulness and patients of GOD to be helpful in helping me to understand his word. Discipleship is about learning to pattern our faith and life after Jesus. However, our human limitations and may I say disabilities make it hard for us. As the LORD and our high priest uses the enABLE Ministry to disciple Christian’s with disabilities, I am taken by how much his power is seen in the lives of Christians with learning disabilities, Down Syndrome, Autism and number of disabilities. As we learn together from the HOLY SPIRIT how to pattern our lives and ministry after Jesus, I too am grateful for the grace of God.
Let me end with giving you the words Paul wrote in Romans 6.17-19:
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations
My name is John Ward. While I have been involved in ministry with those of us who are differently abled, helping start a ministry with those of us who are differently abled is a new experience for me. Continue reading Enable Testimonies, John Ward→