Undefeated is BMS' campaign focusing on disability, justice and inclusion.
Through videos, theological reflection and other resources (many based around the Paralympic games hosted in Britain a few years ago) you can use Undefeated to engage with disability.
You can access these in the menu on the left hand side of this page or using the downloads below.
In 2013, the Undefeated campaign took thousands of signatures to the Secretary of State for International Development, asking three things of our government:
To prioritise the promotion of inclusion policies for disabled people on all foreign aid projects
To ensure disability is incorporated into the UN’s post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG agenda)
To strengthen encouragement for countries to practisethe UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
We thought you might like an update on some of the highlights achieved by Undefeated, from Paralympians’ performances to inspiring legacies for the future.
In 2011, five athletes were filmed for the Undefeated DVD, urging churches to recognise Paralympic sport as celebratory, challenging and inclusive. Read more here.
BMS was instrumental in helping the first-ever Paralympic team from Haiti to compete at London 2012. The team consisted of three athletes: Leon Gaysli, Josue Cajuste and Nephtalie Jean Louis. Read more here.
On the middle Sunday of the Paralympics, the small Oxfordshire market town of Wantage was home to one of the most inspiring Undefeated events we’ve heard
about yet. Read more here.
Gary Streeter MP, Chair of Christians in Parliament, called
the feature video of the Undefeated resource “fantastic” and said it was “exactly the kind of thing that the Church needs to be involved in.” Read more here.
Paralympics shown on TV for the first time in Haiti
Three hours of Paralympic highlights were shown in Haiti in the evenings on TV Nationale d’Haiti (TNH) and then repeated the following mornings. TNH has a peak broadcast audience of five million people.
A message of congratulations for the broadcasts was given to TNH from the First Lady of Haiti, Sophia Martelly. Gerald Oriol, Jr. the Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disability in Haiti, stated he was excited and delighted to be able to follow Haiti’s participation in the Paralympics in this way.
Paralympian Leon Gaysli opens a sports centre in Haiti
BMS partner Haiti Hospital Appeal opened an all-ability sports centre in Cap Haitien to serve the community of able and disabled athletes in northern Haiti.
The Undefeated resource
Originally produced to coincide with the 2012 Paralympics, Undefeated contains material suitable for a one-hour church service focusing on disability at any time. Previously for sale at £6.00, it is now available free of charge and contains three inspiring DVDs of Paralympians,a sermon outline, all age interactive material, theology of disability and much more.
The Undefeated campaign aims to persuade the UK government to benefit the lives of disabled people in developing countries by becoming more inclusive in their foreign aid strategy.
Anne Wafula-Strike visits Haiti as a BMS volunteer a report and video
The Dream for Athletes a video of the progress made in Haiti with athletes since the earthquake)
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