Winners of the “JOY IN DISABILITY” photography contest



1st prize Mammma gangnam style photo courtesy – Mr.William Baptist Christian Hospital.

My friend! my world!Photo courtesy - Ms. Anshu Baptist Christian Hospital.

2nd prize My friend! my world! Photo courtesy – Ms.Anshu Baptist Christian Hospital.

little by little... one day at a time i take... photo courtesy- Mrs. kamla layak Anugrah centre.

3rd prize little by little… one day at a time i take… photo courtesy- Mrs. kamla layak Herbertpur Christian Hospital .

Here’s to people like him and may there be many more…
For those of us who have the privilege to know these people with differences, we have been enabled to see…But for those still unable to see, may this photographer open a whole new world!


photography contest for all EHA employees

The theme for the contest is ” THE JOY IN DISABILITY ” – Having eyes that see…..
helping those with obvious disabilities to look beyond the challenges of those with disabilities and to celebrate their lives.
cash prizes will be awarded to the first 3 winners at the RGB-2013.
* Every EHA employee is eligible.
* Only one entry will be accepted per person. The entry must be the original work of the sender.
* Photographs may be taken of individuals or group of people with disability. (any disability)
* Any photo which shows disrespect to the people with disability will be disqualified.
* Photographs must be taken only with the permission of the person being photographed.
* The resolution of the photograph must not be less than 300 dpi.
* The entry must consist of a photograph and a title describing the photo. the title can be in English or Hindi.
* The photographs should be submitted as a soft copy email attachment to the
* If the entries exceeds 30, a panel of Non-EHA judges will select the best 30 entries that will be displayed in the exhibition at RGB.


This morning’s devotion left a word echoing in my heart – ‘blessed’.
Max Lucado called it ‘sacred delight’.
Delight because it is a life held together by joy. Sacred because He does the holding together (Col 1:17).
A life of sacred delight…
delight in the difficult places we live in and work in,
delight in helplessness of apparently unchanging circumstances,
delight in the weariness that comes following the giving,
delight in the midst of heartache of those we are involved with walking away,
delight in the daily-ness of everyday.
We delight in all these situations not because we are masochistic
but because we delight in the Lord,
the El-Shaddai God who is sufficient in all these situations;
into my not-enough-ness, the God-who-is-enough speaks.
As we go back to our project areas after four days of having ‘come apart’,
we choose to go back because of joy…
for the joy set before us…
And this is sacred because this joy is given.
Sacred delight!

Different yet the same!

Different projects; different target areas; different groups of people that we work with.
And yet, we are more alike than different.
For the Author of our stories is the same.
I was reminded of this as I sat back and listened to people presenting their reports at the annual reporting meeting in Patna for all the community development projects from the North-east and central regions.
What was even more awesome was that from just two projects that would talk about disability and ask questions of one another, we have grown in number. We talk the ‘disability-talk’ and can actually understand one another 🙂 ! We have begun to hold each other accountable to include people with disabilities. We have come a LONG way!
And just in case you wondered, the picture is a group of us showing off our ‘disability’ T-shirts!!!



INCLUSION- Is it a choice?

Someone stopped me recently to ask about what the hype was about ‘mainstreaming’, ‘inclusion’, integration’. I got caught in the mire of terms and definitions and while I was attempting to capture the differences in the nuances, I got thinking about the mothers I have had the privilege to meet with. They will probably never hear these terms but they practice these every day.

Whether I choose to feed my child with a disability the same food as my other children – is that even a choice? Whether I choose to dress her the same way as I dress my other girls – is that a choice? Whether I hold my baby, bring her out, share the story of Jesus as I would do with my other children – is there a choice there? Like I said earlier, these mothers may never know the terms ‘mainstreaming’ and ‘inclusion’ but in caring for their child every day, do they not practice it? Isn’t inclusion and mainstreaming only fancy terms for welcoming, loving acceptance? If that is true, then do we have a choice about inclusion?

I don’t claim it to be easy…I don’t want to sugar-coat the everyday struggle of caring for the children but these mothers all assure me that they would not exchange the experience for anything else. Giving up on the child, giving the child away is not an option. If then we are the family of God, how can we ‘discard’ those in our family who are ‘different’? Oh! I know that none of us Christians actually reject those with disabilities. In fact weren’t we the first to care for them? But are we also not the happiest when we care for them with special programs? Would we welcome them to our family room, our churches, Sunday schools and talk, preach and share with their different abilities in mind? Would we want to share the same spiritual food with them as with the others even if it meant that we would have to go slower than usual or is that too much work? Would that stop me if it was my child we were talking about? Is inclusion, then, a choice?

We forget that what all these terms mean is that we may have different abilities, different viewpoints, different stories but we come together not to make me more like you or the other way round. Rather, we come together for an enriched, new perspective. You change me as much as I change you. You minister to me as I minister to you and we are both transformed in the process. Most parents refer to how having the child with different needs has changed them, made their life slower, yes, but richer! Will we choose to welcome those with different abilities, backgrounds in our midst knowing that we will be richer in the process? Or are we more comfortable referring to them as ‘special groups’, good to be seen with but not worthy of being heard, of being in communion with? Is inclusion a choice?

I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 12 as I write this…about how we are all part of the same body…all the different parts, the presentable and the not-so-honored, the weaker parts. ‘But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another’ (12: 24, 25). I am reminded of a song called “If we are the body’ by Casting Crowns:

“But if we are the Body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?”