Multiple Sclerosis Support Group for Patients & Caregivers
Monday, March 26 | 5 – 6 pm
Crown Pointe Gathering Room
Guest Speaker: Eric Forseth, Dordt College Provost
Dordt College Provost Eric Forseth’s life has given him a unique perspective on pain and struggles. When he was a child, his mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After his wife received the same diagnosis, Forseth felt called to share his family’s story of God’s faithfulness during times of difficulty.“Holding Together: Courage for Life’s Pain and Struggles” is a book of 50 reflections that address the importance of attitude, serving, and overcoming the tendency to focus too heavily on ourselves. “Our parents emphasized how an outward focus is an important measure of true character,” Forseth said. His mother’s diagnosis of MS, a chronic autoimmune disease, made caring for her seven children under the age of 10 — two of which were newborns — very difficult.
Forseth’s father came up with a unique and creative solution: he invited expecting mothers who were not married to come into their home and take care of the family’s needs. “My dad saw this as an opportunity to offer Christ’s redemption to a situation where a life could be changed,” Forseth said. In return for their help, his father was able to help the women find living arrangements and better position them to enter the working world. Forseth’s mother was a witness of Christ’s love to those living in the house, and she encouraged the women to consider Christianity.
Over a period of 24 years, the Forseth family hosted 55 women in their home. “There are many reasons to share one’s life experiences with others, but the primary reason that I want to document some of our family experiences is to share how Scripture has inspired our family to overcome the everyday trials and tribulations of Multiple Sclerosis,” Forseth said. More than 400,000 people in the United States and more than 2.5 million people in the world have MS, and some have said that it may be the most under-diagnosed disease on the planet. “It has been amazing to participate in the journey of coping — to see God’s hand and the shaping of a family in miraculous ways,” Forseth said. “I count it a privilege if these words can help lives to be transformed by Scripture, God’s grace, and his divine hand.”
The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at Crown Pointe Gathering Room.
RSVP to Yaby Doornink at 722-8378 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 23.