Easter : Iyaniwura preaches reintegration and Inclusion of the persons with disability

Easter : Iyaniwura preaches reintegration and Inclusion of the persons with disability

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As Christian faithfuls marked the celebration of Easter, the Project Coordinator of Iyaniwura Children Care Foundation, Matilda Otitoloju , who is popularly called iyaniwura ,  has charged Nigerians to emulate Jesus Christ, who teaches reintegration and inclusion of person with disability in the church and  communities.

 

In her Easter message to Nigerians ,  Matilda Otitoloju , who is an advocate for persons with disability  and a member of the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA) urges churches and communities to create policies  that will enable people with disability to be part of the church and community , stating that Jesus Christ never rejected persons with disability .

 

“ Families with children with intellectual developmental and neurological disabilities are twice as likely to never go to church as families with typical kids, they been excluded at church , I see our communities perpetuating rejection on disabilities I wonder whether that’s the way Jesus saw it too hence asking the church for reintegration and Inclusion.

Easter : Iyaniwura preaches reintegration and Inclusion of the persons with disability

Easter : Iyaniwura preaches reintegration and Inclusion of the persons with disability

She further stated that Jesus Christ preach and practice reintegration and inclusion of persons with disability after healing the sick just like the case the woman with the issue of blood .

 

“While Jesus’ healing demonstrates incredible compassion for individuals, it is not individualistic. Yes, Jesus heals a particular man with a withered hand and a particular woman who has been bleeding for twelve years. But in both of those cases and others, he makes sure that they present themselves to the religious authorities so they can be reintegrated into the fabric of social life”

 

Even Jesus experiences disfigurement and disability while dying on a cross. He carries the scars of that experience with him even in his resurrected state. Disability is not erased or ignored when he conquers death. The scars remain, Jesus even points to those scars in order to help his disciples understand who he is. In this sense, the resurrected God is eternally defined by disability “

 

Matilda Otitoloju emphasised the need for people to show love to persons with disability  so that they can easily be reintegrated into the fabric of social life .

 

Happy Easter Holidays.




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