As everyone shuffled into the echoey gym at Donalson Christian Academy in Nashville, I began to pray for the 350 students gathering on the bleachers in front of me for chapel.  During our time together, I led us all in worship, spoke about trusting God in the midst of adversity, and got reference pocket Bibles into the hands of the students with the help of some of our friends and ministry partners.
At the end of chapel during a time of Q&A, a tender-hearted teenager stood up and asked, “Have you ever been treated differently because you are blind?”  I’ve been asked this question a number of times throughout my life, and in that moment I knew I had an opportunity to testify to God’s unconditional love for each one of us.
This young person wasn’t dealing with a disability like me, but I could assume he might be facing adversity just the same.
“No matter what people say about you,” I replied, “God loves you and values you immensely.”
Where do we find our identity?  For some it’s in the approval of others or in belonging to a certain social group.  Others find it in a personal weakness or even a disability.  Still for others it’s in a hobby, a job, or even ministry.  But as believers we belong to Jesus, and our identity in Him is the greatest and most important part of who we are.
“Thank you for taking the time to tell us your story and give us advice. It encouraged me to take steps without fear and follow my dreams. You truly inspired me.”
- Madison W. – Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
One by one, I heard the voices of each student at Florida School for the Deaf and Blind as they introduced themselves to me. Every one of them who had gathered had at least two things in common with me – they were all visually impaired, and they all loved the arts. Some played instruments, while others wrote poetry, and others found their fascination in the technological side of music production.
I had been invited into this special-needs school to speak about overcoming adversity and take questions from the youth. It didn’t take long for one of the students to ask, “What’s your favorite genre of music to sing?”
Music can be artful, but also purposeful.  Naturally, I replied, “Christian music,” and the door was open for me to talk about my faith in Jesus and the difference he has made in my life.
If there’s one thing my blindness has taught me, it’s this. Ultimately, we are all dependent on God and can do nothing apart from him. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness, and I wanted these students to know they have a unique opportunity, like me, to let God work through their disability to raise others up.
Following the event, one of the teachers wrote, “Thank you soooo much for engaging with the students. I always love when a blind adult speaks to them because it allows us, teachers, to get a better glimpse inside their heads through the questions they ask. I would love to do another presentation with you in the future once social distancing and all those rules aren't in place for the whole Blind Dept to hear what you have to say! Thank you for sharing your contact information and offering to be a guiding light for them.”
This event and others have given me and Christina a new vision to reach young people who are blind and visually impaired with the hope of Christ, and we are excited to discover what new opportunities God has in store.
Thank you so much for the honor of partnering with you in ministry – your prayers and support allow us to continue reaching more students like these, and so many others who need the love of Jesus.

Scott MacIntyre Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit department of A.C.T. Intl and exists to help children, students, and adults find hope in Jesus Christ in the midst of adversity through inspirational music and story, utilizing live performance and media.  Your donations help us share the message of hope in churches, schools, hospitals, and blind centers around the U.S. and beyond.

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