Disability Ministry

About Rick Eastin

Rick Teaching a ClassI was born with Cerebral Palsy. This affects me both physically and emotionally. It wasn’t until I was a young adult that I understood the emotional aspect of my disability. At that time, I perceived myself to be only physically disabled. Because of this misunderstanding, I had a dislike for others who were mentally retarded. I did not want to be around “those people.” I considered myself to be better than them, and therefore, I did not want to be associated with them. From my perspective this dislike is similar to racial prejudices.

My prejudice against developmentally disabled people began to change when I was 14 years old. I met a young lady who is both mentally and physically disabled. I asked her how old she was, thinking she could be no more then 13 or 14 years old. She told me “I am 18 years old.” I was shocked at her answer! That one event started a love in me for people with developmental disabilities, as well as a lasting friendship. 

From the ages of 14 to 17, I wanted to work with disabled people as a vocation. During that time Christ was not at the center of my thinking. I began to walk with Jesus in April 1979, and that started me on a journey, seeking to understand disability from a Biblical perspective. My views about disability have taken about 18 years to fully develop. When I began to walk with Jesus He not only intensified my desire to work with disabled people, but He also gave me a great concern and compassion for families and caregivers of the disabled. Contact Rick directly at 559-439-4311 or by email.


 

Rick and DavidWhat people are saying about Rick’s ministry:

“Rick is a Christ-centered and compelling speaker who presents with clarity and conviction”
David Hooker, Director Central Cal Joni and Friends.

Rick’s presentation was powerful and changed my perspective” Fresno Pacific University Student

 

“As our guest speaker, Rick sincerely touched the hearts of each one of our teachers. His message so humbly spoken brought forth God’s truth about understanding disabilities.”
Alan DoswaldLaurie Smith, Director of Children’s Ministries, Trinity Presbyterian Church.

“For the past 13 years Rick has been on staff with ESA helping churches to love, and serve those with disabilities. Rick has been uniquely gifted and called by God to serve in this important, and often-neglected area of ministry,” 
Alan Doswald, Founder, and Executive Director of ESA/Love INC.