"Who has touched me?" : reading Mark 5:21 - 34 as a pastoral counselling model in today's search for faith-based holistic healing among Catholics of Edendale Valley.
From its inception, the church has always been involved with healing. Christ, its founder, was also a great healer. In today‘s fast-moving and noisy world, more and more people are seeking to address their problems/crises through Faith Based Holistic Healing (FBHH). This dissertation examines the phenomenon of FBHH among Catholics of Edendale valley in KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. The study points out that due to past political and social strife as well as today‘s socio-economic challenges, more and more people seek to resolve their emotional and health problems using faith. The study further assess how the findings of a real life situation/context of Edendale valley, enlightened by the word of God (Mark 5:21-34) and modern psychology, can be mitigated to generate a pastoral counselling model that can help priests respond to the search for FBHH. By analysing Mark 5:21-34 using scholarly Biblical resources and psychological approaches, the study draws a number of insights that are mitigated to map out a pastoral counselling model. Here, insights gained by examining Mark 5:21-34 using the LBN‘s seven steps and the PCC‘s principles become the tools used to create the AMEN counselling model. Due to lack of time and owing to the fact that counselees seek for help when the need arises, priests can use the AMEN model to provide healing to those experiencing crisis in their lives. In conclusion, the study argues that priests need to be trained not only in spirituality and theology but also in counselling in order to respond effectively to counselees. The AMEN model is one way that priests can respond effectively by using both spiritual and psychological resources.