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Practical Love - Serving People with Mobility Needs

If you have read our newsletter for very long, you have likely seen articles about wheelchair ramps, lifts, track systems, walkways, widened doorways, grab bars, loose railings, and other ways to address people’s mobility needs.

Elderly Homeowner Gets Access to Her Home BackWhile the means to the end can vary wildly, the end always remains the same - showing and sharing Christ’s love with people in a highly practical way, helping them gain more use of their homes and independence while improving their quality of life. That is loving our neighbors as ourselves and thanking the Father who demonstrated His love to us in the person of Jesus.

Want to know what a difference mobility can make in someone's life? Here are some real-life examples we have encountered:

  • People in unsafe situations and facing their homes being condemned, which could result in institutionalization, stayed in their home because repairs were made.
  • Others, released from rehab centers, could go home because it was made accessible. They also now had a way out in the face of a fire or other emergency.
  • Bathrooms were adapted to allow people to get in and out on their own, preserving dignity and independence.
  • Home repairs were made that enabled caregivers to physically move their loved ones in, out and within the home and prevented lifting injuries to both the caregiver and receiver.

So what do you say? Do you have a couple handy guys in your church who could make life a little easier for someone with a disability? Sometimes the homeowner can pay for the materials and sometimes they can't. There are other creative ways to pay for projects like this that we have posted on our website for churches that register for the site (it's free!).

Or, can you help people with disabilities by supporting HRM's work to make homes more accessible? Partner with HRM



Valentine Day God's Way

Valentine's Day affords us an opportunity to consider how we are viewed by the Author of Love. Consider what Jesus’ love compelled him to do.

Crown of Thorns

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The abuse before the cross was horrific and the cross itself among the worst tortures ever devised by men. But there was something far more terrible. Having to face the righteous wrath of God for our sin. My sin and yours. He suffered wrath enough to pay for every person’s sin who has ever lived. Across all time… All the pain, murder, hate, greed, lust, and more put on one man in one moment. All so that anyone who puts their trust in Him, as Savior and Lord, might be forgiven of their sins and have a right relationship with God. Or, as the Bible puts it, “...so that he (Jesus) might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27, ESV). Truly, we are loved beyond comprehension. So let love overflow to those around us as exemplified by Christ himself — all year long.



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