Intern Rachel Shares God's Promise: Hope and a Future!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 5, 2013
  • 1 Comment
  • Cause 4 Life

In Uganda, interns Rachel Seiler (right) and Amy Esposito (center) share the gospel with a young doubleamputee and her mother.Working towards her Master’s Degree in Special Education, Rachel Seiler has been sensing the Lord calling her into disability ministry. Living with disability herself has increased her faith in God and given her a love for others who struggle. But where to begin? Uganda! “I’ve never been on a missions trip outside of the U.S.!” said Rachel, “But Joni and Friends was the first place I applied. For two weeks in Africa, Rachel served as a Joni and Friends intern, teaching little children at the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped. From the well-spring of God’s own handiwork in her life, Rachel touched the hearts of children as only she could. “On the outreach, I was able to share that God created those of us with disabilities to have a special purpose. That suffering can bring glory to God and joy to our hearts when our attitude becomes a testimony to His goodness. I shared Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Rachel came home from Uganda more certain than ever of her testimony and God’s plans for her own future. “God created me in a specific way that He wants me to be able to verbalize,” she said. “My internship with Joni and Friends has confirmed that God is calling me to disability ministry.” Hope and a future, indeed!

Watch Rachel in a sneak peek of the new Cause 4 Life Love. Heal. Defend. video web series that will begin airing on our blog later this month!


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A wonderful Christian ministry. I have both a brother and a cousin with mental disability. I believe that our culture has improved in its overall understanding and attitude toward the disabled. Yet we need further progress in providing them with opportunities to thrive and contribute to society. Your ministry is moving us forward.--Thank you!
  • Jan. 9, 2013
  • 12:19 p.m.
  • pam