Date

3-2013

Department

School of Behavioral Sciences

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charlie Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Psychology, General; Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy

Keywords

disability, Holistic, Multiple Sclerosis, Spiritual

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Religion

Abstract

Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating disease that affects not only the one who suffers with MS, but also their family and relationships leaving the patient feeling depressed and without hope. If the disease is disclosed, many churches and the International Mission Board will reject the person's application because of the potential cost and medical care needed. This author was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis in 2008. This writer has experienced the obstacles described above. This model will serve as a motivational tool to help all of us who suffer with MS to use the disability for God's glory. A questionnaire will be used to interview people who are currently afflicted with MS and serving as pastors or missionaries that will include how they turned the obstacles into opportunities while serving. Leading medical professionals will also provide insight in regard to activities and treatments. All responses will be analyzed in light of God's Word.

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