Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Committee Chair

Douglas Dickens


A qualitative research methodology was designed to analyze how prayer can be used as an instrument to reveal various spiritual and psychological issues Burundian women refugees face in Rwanda. Six Burundian refugee women were surveyed throughout the seven weeks of the research. Various modalities of prayer were used to assess different concerns that they might have had. Participants met in both one-on-ones and group sessions. Data gathered suggested that prayer was a crucial tool that allowed the participants to reveal their traumatic events and created a strong bond among participants. The collected data indicates that the practice of prayer became therapeutic for the participants. The results gathered from this research will be one of the building blocks in building a future a program based on prayer to assess the needs of Christian Burundian women.

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