An Overview of the Church’s Role in Dealing with Widows’ Concerns as Studies in Juja Constituency in Thika District Based on a Biblically Evaluated Rebt Theory
Kang'ori, Lucy W.
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Widowhood has been rated as the highest cause of stress and it brings very many challenges which widows have to look for ways of coping effectively. The death of a spouse is the most traumatizing partner. However some of these challenges can be made easier when handled effectively particularly when widows have good support systems. The most effective support system is the church because it offers comfort and spiritual guidance through prayer counselling and teaching the word of God. Therefore this study was undertaken to assess the effectiveness and committed of the church in addressing concerns of widows to Kenya them heal spiritually, psychologically and physically and move on this life. The population was widows in Kenya. The target population was widows aged between 35-65 years. The accessible population was drawn from five churches and one focus group in Juja constituency in Thika District. The total population was used for the study. The levels of education of widows were from standard seven to university graduates. In the focus group some widows were not able to read and write. The social status was also diversified because some widows good jobs while others were casual workers. The data was collected using questionnaires, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results revealed that most widows received support from their churches before and during the funeral, but this support was discontinued after the funeral. The results implied that most widows were not counseled top help them deal with grief in order to be healed. Widows were not helped or supported after the funeral when the reality of the loss is deeply experienced. Most widows faced financial constrain, loneliness and challenges in single parenting especially bringing up boys. The other challenge was unhealthy relationship with in-laws who withdrew moral support immediately after the funeral. To address these challenges REBT counselling theory was applied. It involved encouragement, persuasion, teaching and challenging irrational beliefs. The theory was biblically evaluated. Recommendations and suggestions were made to help the church address the plight of widows with more commitment.
Nairobi International School Of Theology