Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to join Jesus’ followers forever. Advocates are not caregivers, though many caregivers are advocates. Advocates are not cheerleaders, though many are encouragers who also challenge negative attitudes. Advocates come alongside to champion, advise, and bear witness to the coming reality of God’s kingdom where everybody belongs and everybody serves.
People with disabilities need space to advocate for themselves. Because many with disabilities and their families spend their lives advocating, they need other people to join them. Such support is life-giving and reduces the isolation many advocates and people with disabilities feel.Michèle, Gerry and Laura, and Kyle share how advocacy shapes their communities and their discipleship efforts.
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