Mobilising the Church

Allowing every child to flourish

The Bethany Children’s Trust is influencing and equipping God’s worldwide Church to lead the way in building local and global societies where every child is able to reach their full potential. We are working together to see attitudes and harmful cultural practices changed, and to see parents equipped to care for their children, so those children will grow up in a loving, safe and nurturing environment.

Mobilising the Church is key to unlocking change in so many communities where we work. The Church’s social standing as a trusted and respected organisation makes it a natural partner.

Delegates at an APRECOM workshop on care and inclusion of disabled children.

Training is a central component of APRECOM‘s ministry in Rwanda. Working in close relationship with church leaders, the APRECOM team delivers workshops on support for families affected by HIV and, more recently, the care and inclusion of children with disabilities. This training has an exponential effect as the church leaders who attend the workshops pass on their learning to their congregations and to others in their networks.

We are seeking to encourage this kind of impact through the development of ‘Transform Disability’, our new resource to equip churches to serve children and adults with disabilities. What’s more, our partners have been pivotal in shaping and piloting the resource material. We’re really excited by the potential ‘Transform Disability’ has to change how disabled people are treated, and the opportunities available to them.