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One Friday, when Bradley was once again acting up, Minjung turned to me and said, “He really, really wants to focus and worship, but something’s going on in his head. It’s like he’s in constant battle in his mind and spirit. But then sometimes he sings ‘Jesus loves me’ to himself. Those are the moments when I know he has the Spirit in him, and he’s fighting.” At that instant, Bradley gave an especially agonized howl. Minjung’s face crumpled and sighed, “How hard it must be for him!”— but implicit in her sigh, was the unspoken “How easy it is for us, to take the ability to worship for granted!”

Autism ministry requires more faith than any other ministry, because “with someone like Bradley, it’s always so up and down,” Minjung told me. There’s no instant gratification in this ministry. It’s a gradual, long process with fruits that some may consider minimal or inconsequential. But Minjung said she’s less concerned about Bradley’s behavior than she is about his restoration of worship: “We use the word ‘disability’ to define certain abnormalities and inabilities. But I believe the very definition of ‘disability’ is the inability to worship God. We all get distracted from God, but I believe every human has the ability to restore God … including those with autism.”

Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.


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