AMBUCS Birmingham was originally founded as a service organization for young business men in 1922 by William L. White. It was the first American Business Club in Birmingham. In 2007, Dave Upton reestablished the Birmingham chapter of AMBUCS to assist individuals with disabilities through providing AmTrykes, which are therapeutic tricycles, designed by Sue Haywood, PT, in 1989. Today, this organization exists as a non-profit, which, “in the name of Christ, reaches out to children and others with disabilities to create mobility and independence through AmTryke therapeutic tricycles and wheelchair ramps”.
As I was prayerfully considering how to pray, I found this article that I thought was very insightful and encouraging to anyone who has ever dealt with disability of any kind. I recommend you take a minute or two to read it. It’s called “The Top 7 Bible Verses About Disabilities”.
John 9:1-3 – “1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Heavenly Father, You are a good father full of compassion and mercy. You do not deal harshly with us when we are weak. Your glory is not limited by us in any way, and You choose to glorify Yourself when we are at our weakest. What a great, great God You are!
I’m so thankful, Lord, that our society and culture are far more accepting and accommodating to people with disabilities than we used to be, but we still have a ways to go. You have good plans and a purpose for every life You create (Jer. 29:11). Your work in us and through us is not limited by our physical abilities or disabilities. I pray for the children in our communities who are growing up with physical challenges – that they would be valued and loved for who they are by everyone in their lives and who cross their paths. Let them know You as their Savior and Lord, even if they don’t appear to have that capability. Your love and salvation are not limited by our physical or mental capacities. Praise the Lord!
For these children and individuals, and for their parents and caregivers, we pray that You would grant them, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith; and that they, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that they may be filled up with all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:16-19)
We lift up AMBUCS Birmingham to You, Father, and ask that You would continue to give them the funds and provision they need to serve the disabled community around Birmingham. Raise up partners and volunteers for their bike fairs, advertising, and to help identify those in need of their services. We pray that You would encourage Dave Upton and his team to continue the work You have called them to do. Strengthen them “with power through Your Spirit in the inner man.” (Eph. 3:16) We pray that “the works of God would be displayed in him” (John 9:3), in his team, and in the lives of those they serve. May You receive all the honor and glory for these lives and this ministry. Amen.
If you are a parent or loved one of someone with a disability, I would love to hear how you are led to pray for them. Would you let us know in the comments?