Andrea's Blog

Follow up to 100 Huntley Street

going above and beyond in order to ensure their attendance and being absolutely fine when they don’t show up-even when we have made arrangements for volunteers to help, we are an incomplete Body and our functioning is slowed down, our effectiveness diminished.

The Church is missing parts of its Body due to a lack of understanding, seeking out, and making a way for people with cognitive and physical disabilities to be in it’s sanctuary and part of it’s community. Even those with profound intellectual impairments, who seemingly don’t need the Church at all, have something to give and need to be in fellowship with the believers-not just to be served but to serve. Presence alone is a gift.Something else I wanted to express was with regards to the time when our family was asked to leave a church service because Annie & Audrey were a disturbance to the other churchgoers. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. My heart hurt a hurt I had never known. Rejection is a sharp pain to the soul. Maybe you can identify on another level? A parent leaves, a spouse gives up or a church simply says, “sorry, we can’t help. Try somewhere else”. I cried a lot that night and the following day. But the reassurance from the Holy Spirit was immediate and undeniable. “You took one for the team. I needed you to feel what so many have felt”. The words were clear and I knew His comfort once again. My humanity wanted to run away, to protect my babies and to deny anyone the pleasure of having them in their presence. They don’t deserve to know my kids anyway. But that’s not grace and also,  I had asked for a sign. “Am I on the right track? Do people really need to be educated about the need for disability ministry and that there are missing people from the Body?”

The Lord showed me this is where the rubber meets the road. My passion for ministering to people with disabilities was and is growing and I can’t help but share it, advocate “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8), and keep loving even the ones who just don’t understand, the ones who were annoyed in the church service that night. Gulp, love them, pray for them and believe that they will be part of changing the fabric of our churches.

There are some incredibly practical things we can do. Are you willing to learn? Are you believing that God wants this? Can you imagine being led by, “those parts of the body that SEEM to be weaker”(1 Cor:12:22)? How can we not? After all, the rest of the verse tells us that such people are “indispensable”!

Indispensable means: Absolutely necessary, essential, all important, of utmost importance, of the essence, vital, must-have, crucial, key, needed, required, imperative, invaluable. How can the Body of Christ possibly function properly without such parts?

All belong. Let’s be part of making it so. 🙂



Andrea Foster is a mom, speaker, writer, disability advocate and wife to Kirk. They have four grown kids. Their two youngest are twin girls who have profound disabilities due to Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Andrea holds her Master of Science in Education (Disability Studies), Bachelor of Theology and ECE. She is passionate about equipping church leaders, encouraging families and challenging all Jesus followers to see the world through the lens of disability.

Leave a Reply

Newsletter Signup

Upcoming Events


24febAll DayToday's Teens ConferenceToday’s Teens Conference 2024 is BACK AGAIN and ready to connect at the location of the early years of the conference (Bramalea Baptist Church in Brampton, Ontario). This annual “Ontario Youth Ministry Gathering” is a one-day experience designed to train youth pastors, parents, camp leaders, community workers and volunteer ministry team leaders, alongside their youth, back into their communities equipped, encouraged and inspired to lead the next generation towards FOLLOWING Jesus. The concept of we need to be IN IT TOGETHER with parents/sr pastor/boards/youth workers etc in our church, we need to be IN IT TOGETHER with other youth ministry leaders from our area to reach the next gen and we need to be IN IT TOGETHER with the Holy Spirit is seeing the transformation of young lives. We have 40+ practical workshops, 4 keynote sessions (Ho Ming Tsui, Ebonie Davis, Jason Persaud & Student Panel) , special guest appearances (including OJ the DJ), an amazing worship band (Sanctus Church Worship) and lots of time to network with others while accessing the latest resources for ministry.

Recent Posts