RampUp celebrates the role of people with disabilities in the church.
Dispels myths about disability
Provides a Biblical view of disability
Promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in work, witness and leadership
Provides tools to improve the accessibility of churches
and much more
95% of people with disabilities are not included in churches.
Therefore churches are invited to RampUp their facilities and systems:
RampUp attitudes - be welcoming
RampUp inclusion - be open
RampUp buildings - be accessible
God's astonishing generosity is portrayed in the parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14. "Yet there is room!" exclaims the servant after bringing numerous people to the banquet. These people assumed they were unwelcome due to their rejection, because of their disabilities, by the rest of the village. Imagine their joy at finding themselves seated at the banqueting table. And because there is room, the invitation to the feast is still open.
RampUp helps the Church and people with disabilities to grow in relationship, so that everyone can 'be at home in church', a place of preparation for the Great Banquet. We hope that you will enjoy exploring RampUp as much as we have enjoyed designing it.
Let us know what you think and give us your suggestions to improve RampUp.
1. The week-long training course for Disability Inclusion Facilitators took place 5 - 9 June 2017. Thirteen people attended from various parts of Gauteng and Lesotho.
Some of the responses from the participants were:
'During thisweek, I was once more motivated to work for inclusion in churches'.
'Now I realise in a new way, God loves those who are hungry to be included. I need to see them, and take that love to them. Still, not because I feel guilty, but purely to bring God's love'.
'During the training I realised that I myself may become disabled. In the past I allowed disabled people to touch my hand but not to touch my heart. I'm also embarrassed by the derogatory words that disabled are called. However, it now feels I have met the Wounded Healer during these days'.
2.RampUp's Face book page
We invite you to visit our active Face book page and take part in our conversations. Feel free to make comments and ask questions. You will also come across interesting links and information. See you at the RampUp Face book page!
3.How disability-friendly is our church?
This pamphlet will help you to do an assessment on how possible it is for persons with disability to really feel included in the fellowship of the church.