Do Persons with Disability Need Healing?

An African Pentecostal Perspective within the Selected African Pentecostal Churches in Zimbabwe

In: Journal of Pentecostal Theology
Nomatter SandeCollege of Human Sciences, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa,

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John RingsonDepartment of Social Work and Social Development, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa,

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Much has been written on disability care and support from human rights, cultural, and religious perspectives around the world. However, there is still a paucity of information on the experiences of Persons with Disability (pwd) in their divine healing and deliverance encounter with the African Pentecostal Churches (apc) in Zimbabwe. This qualitative phenomenological study seeks to establish the lived experiences of 28 pwd s within the selected four apc s operating in the Harare province of Zimbabwe. The central questions underpinning this study were whether pwd need divine healing, and are they getting healed? The study used the religious model of disability and the Pentecostal ‘hermeneutic of healing’ as theoretical frameworks. While healing is essential to physical life, the findings show that pwd need dignity, recognition, and compassion more than the uncertain promises of divine healing. In the premises of the preceding, the study concludes and recommends that pwd receive holistic material and psychosocial support and that they stop endlessly chasing after a physical healing.

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