June 15, 2024

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Johannesburg – December 2023—According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 6 people globally have a significant disability, which may include dementia, blindness, loss of a limb, or paralysis. On December 3, 2023, nations worldwide observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, instituted by the United Nations in 1992 to “promote an understanding of disability issues.”

The WHO explains that “health inequities arise from unfair conditions faced by persons with disabilities, including stigma, discrimination, poverty, exclusion from education and employment, and barriers faced in the health system itself.”

“Sadly, the neglect of disabled persons is nothing new,” said Brian Mnkosana, spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The Bible reveals that even thousands of
years ago, those with disabilities were exploited and abused. But, out of love for these disadvantaged ones, God made it illegal to mistreat them. What is more, he encouraged his people to act compassionately. True worshippers of God today strive to do the same.”

The global education work of Jehovah’s Witnesses highlights the Bible’s message of hope for a future when disabilities will be no more.

“The Bible offers many beautiful promises of perfect health,” said Richard Matambo, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The book of Isaiah talks about a time when the blind will see again, and the crippled will walk again. I’m privileged to be able to share this with those who are suffering from disabilities.”

More than just preaching about a better future, Jehovah’s Witnesses also offer practical suggestions on how to endure successfully with disabilities now. On jw.org, their official website, an entire section titled “Coping with Disabilities” found on this link Physical and Mental Health—Articles With Bible Verses | JW.ORG contains numerous online articles and videos featuring persons who have found purpose despite being disabled.

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