Today, we commemorated Missions Sunday with a powerful time of sharing by our friends from United Voice Malaysia.

United Voice is the first  society in Malaysia  that is led by persons with learning disabilities which was registered  in July 2005. The members of UV include persons  with Down Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Global Developmental  Delay and other specific learning disabilities. Since UV  became a registered society, it has grown rapidly. More parents are beginning  to realize the need to expose their children with learning disabilities to the  self-advocacy movement activities so that they learn to be more independent and develop skills to voice up for themselves.

United Voice pioneered the  self-advocacy movement in Malaysia to reduce the isolation of people with learning disabilities and give them  the tools and experience to take greater control over their own lives and be  integrated in the community. UV has been actively collaborating with Malaysia Welfare Department, Malaysia Special Education  Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), local universities  and NGOs to organize awareness events on the importance of self-advocacy.

Our church has maintained a long-standing relationship with United Voice since its inception – through financial support for its staff as well as the work it does.

Following the sharing by United Voice, John went on to share from the lectionary readings talking about how the Fall of Man broke our relationship with God and that very same relationship can be restored through the work of Christ. Our role, as mission agents of God’s kingdom, is to begin wherever we are – our families, our friends, our workplaces – to share this message of reconciliation and restoration of this relationship.

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