Kayla Underwood, Class of 2008
Access Coordinator, McLean Bible Church

“For me, it is so important to make sure that those with special challenges are provided ways to enjoy God and to glorify him.” Kayla is dedicated to equipping and encouraging church leaders and members to care for families touched by disability and to help families and volunteers grow in their relationship with God. One way she does this is by recruiting and training volunteers in the church to care for children with special needs and their families. She also plans and implements Sunday school and schedules monthly respite evenings and support for families with special needs children. “Our desire is to see all children using the gifts that God has given them and to be fully included in the life of the church.”

Initially, Kayla resisted her vocational calling. “God had to push me into special needs ministry at first as I had a lot of fear about what I would encounter.” Kayla explains that though her friends at Trinity encouraged her to volunteer at Access summer camp during high school, she always resisted. When she needed a summer job after her sophomore year in college, she finally decided to try it. Kayla never looked back. “That summer was life changing...I loved learning about each camper and the gifts that God had given them.” Kayla worked at Access the following summer and was hired on staff after graduation. 

“As caretakers of children made in the image of God, I see it as our responsibility to assist parents of children with differing abilities to be able to care for their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. God delights in all his children and wants to have a relationship with each of them.”

“As caretakers of children made in the image of God, I see it as our responsibility to assist parents of children with differing abilities to be able to care for their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. God delights in all his children and wants to have a relationship with each of them.”

Kayla’s work has provided opportunities for her to serve with churches around the world and to learn how people with disabilities are viewed in different countries, which she found eye opening. “I believe that people with special needs are an unreached people group due to the lack of understanding of the potential they have to learn and understand.” Kayla asked the Lord to open doors to serve him around the world and will begin full-time ministry in Ethiopia in 2020. She will work with several NGOs to reach into communities to train and educate church and school leaders how to care for kids with special needs and their families, creating a network of schools and ministries to serve families. She will also be working alongside local churches that desire to start special needs ministries and enlisting the aid of local and international ministries to provide resources. “I hope that the Gospel will be proclaimed in this area [of ministry] to those who have not heard before.”

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