Birth of a Ministry
After years of working with divorcees, Dr. Saunders noticed that many who were unforgiving were more ill and often could not complete programs such as Divorce Care in their recommended format. Many of these divorcees reported illnesses such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, and chronic back pain. While working on her doctoral degree, Dr. Saunders discovered an evidence-based literature that documented the connection between unforgiveness and chronic back pain. This article led her to start more research into this topic, and ultimately, Magon settled on completing her research on forgiveness and health in Black divorcees. This research resulted in the publication of the peer-reviewed article,
“Can Christian Divorce Support Groups influence Forgiveness and Health Outcome in Black Divorcees: A Phenomenological Investigation” in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.
After publishing this article, Magon continued to build her knowledge in this area, but shortly afterwards, she started feeling a call to start a ministry to help people to forgive. Already too busy to take on anything new, and not an ordained minister, Magon tried to resist this call for months and came up with several excuses about why this was not for her. But finally, she surrendered in 2015 and started this ministry as an inter-church program. This has allowed her to take the message of forgiveness across the U.S. and the world. Since then, Dr. Saunders and her team have developed courses, books, and other resources to assist individuals to forgive.
In 2018, Forgive for Health Ministries hosted its first annual conference and filed for incorporation in the winter of 2019.The ministry truly aims to help individuals recover from life’s trauma and to get them to move into a new life free of the burden of unforgiveness.
Our Values: Integrity, Honesty, Love, Respect, Compassion, Quality, and Christian Service
- Integrity: We are upstanding in all we do and are guided by decency and fairness.
- Honesty: We are honest, open, and transparent in all of our dealings.
- Love: We strive to show all people the love of Christ.
- Respect: We respect and listen to every person.
- Compassion: We show the compassion of Christ to all we meet.
- Quality: We provide high-quality service and work with excellence as unto Christ.
- Christian Service: We follow Christ’s leadership in service to all mankind.