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“At first I felt overwhelmed by what had to be done. When Mark Stephenson told me that he felt I was qualified for the work, then I volunteered for it.”

Michèle lives with schizophrenia and so felt called to share her unique understanding of what it means to live with a disability. Perhaps you have seen her gift of writing on The Network! This work helps improve her self-worth as she works with others to provide education and support in helping people to belong and serve in God’s community. Listen to Michèle in her own words below.

Perhaps you have the gifts or know someone with gifts to share as a disability advocate in your congregation. Disability Concerns wants to help you do that. Visit to discover the many ways advocates help make churches places where everybody belongs and everybody serves!

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While looking at the summary I noticed that my family name is not spelled correctly.  There is a c missing before the K.  My name is of Belgian origin and those names often have double if not even triple consonants.  I've seen names of streets spelled Edmond Nerynckx.  My late paternal grandparents used to live on a street with such a name in Hal, a suburb of Brussels.

Thanks, Michele, for sharing this! As a disability advocate without (obvious) disability, I have a lot to learn! My father lives with bi-polar disorder and other loved ones have brain illnesses so I'm a member of NAMI which provides great resources and support.

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