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One Disabled Woman’s Ministry

She types with a mouth stick and requires attendants for nearly all she does—a woman whose heart was crushed when a man she loved told her he “struggled with homosexual tendencies” and walked away. She carried the hurt a long time, telling no one because she feared people’s reactions if they learned this severely handicapped woman had fallen for a homosexual. Surely she must be some sort of sexual deviant.

When she overheard Lori Thorkelson, of Love in Action, a Christian ministry to those who don’t want to be homosexual, confessing to someone that she had been engaged to a man who struggled with homosexuality, DebbieLynne found the courage to confide in her. This led to a special connection with Love in Action where she “saw unexpected similarities between [her] disability and homosexuality.” After several years of association with LIA, she became a correspondence counsellor with the organization—this before computers were common and she required an attendant to feed each sheet of paper into her electric typewriter.

There is much that unites us all, regardless of our handicaps or struggles. When we are willing to see our commonalities and rise above our difficulties, there is much God can do in, for and through us.

To read DebbieLynne’s story as she tells it, go here.

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DEBBIE HAUGHLAND CHAN
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

I'm married (35 years in December 2008) with four grown sons. I love my city (Winnipeg) and my country (Canada) and promote them both to whoever will listen. God (through Jesus Christ) is the biggest part of my life. I am learning to let him take control of all areas--though I do better at this some times more than others.

I have written a book that's recently been published about part of my journey with God. In it I tell how God confronted me with the same-sex attraction issues I've struggled with all my adult life and how he led me through them to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him. God is amazing—his forgiveness, his love, his movement in our lives when we allow him and so much more. I suspect God will never run out of things to teach me or ways to make me grow and that’s a good thing (though often very painful).

I suppose I can say that what gives me the greatest pleasure in life is telling others about…