Bridget worked for many years in rural Tanzania with the Diocese of Kagera. In 2003, she set up a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme, working with people with disability in the community.
The focus was to bring change of attitude regarding disability and to empower people with disability to live more independently in society. However the most important part of the programme remains bringing the joy and freedom of new life in Christ to those who have been marginalised. In this respect each programme is built firmly on Christ the rock.
In 2010, Bridget handed over the programme to local leadership. Since 2011, Bridget’s role with Crosslinks has been as a worldwide Consultant Advisor in Disability. This takes her to various countries, imparting skills necessary to set up a disability programme and encouraging existing programmes. Bridget is currently working on a Disability Handbook, which combines information about disability with biblical teaching.
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Unlike last time, I have some exciting things to report; thrilling progress that has given me much reason to praise God for his faithfulness and encouragement.
I wish I could fill the letter with photos and still have space for writing, but sadly I only have two sides of A4!
In my prayer updates you will have heard of Adam, a lovely young man living with muscular dystrophy. When I arrived in Karagwe in August I asked after him and was told he was soon to be confirmed by the bishop. My joy was even greater when I heard that another of ‘my’ boys, who has intellectual impairment, was also to be confirmed. This is a huge breakthrough, where the church is recognising that people with disability can be accepted as full members of the church family. I am so grateful to Bishop Darlington, Pastor Hosea and Heneriko for working together to make this possible. It was a joyous day! I thank God that I was there for the service. It felt like the Handbook was coming to life!
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