A year after the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Jamaica launched its Special Needs Ministries in Jamaica, the church will celebrate Special Needs Awareness Week, starting today.
“It is imperative that we place emphasis on special-needs persons since it is a privilege to demonstrate the love of Christ, regardless of status – mental or physical,” said Pastor Adrian Cotterell, Sabbath school and personal ministries director of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (JAMU).
“As a people, we need to accept and appreciate all members of the family, including those with disabilities. Persons with special needs, … be it physical, intellectual, or emotional, are often dismissed, mistreated, sidelined, and overlooked. This is not the mind of Jesus and should never be an attitude of the Church or society.”