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Hello again,

I posted on my Parent and Family Support Facebook Page about this. I learned so much at the Trauma Healing Institute’s (THI) annual event: Global Community of Practice. I was grateful we as students of Global Trauma Recovery Institute (GTRI) were allowed to attend as part of our immersion trauma training.  Our professors Dr. Diane Langberg and Dr. Phil Monroe are leaders in TRI and support its mission:

“The Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society is equipping people, churches, and NGOs around the world to care for the more than one in seven people worldwide who suffer severe wounds of the heart and spirit in the aftermath of conflict, disaster or abuse.”

American Bible Society: 7 Lessons from the Global Community of Practice National Reports

These and many more tips I learned from attendees who reported updates and trauma healing testimonies from almost every continent.

National representative shared how they implemented the Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help (HWT) curriculum for adults and children which has been translated in 173 languages for recovery training workshops in 68 countries for lay and professional caregivers as well as support interventions to aid refugees and others who have suffered trauma from war, immigration, conflict, natural disasters, extreme poverty, violence, domestic abuse, rape and other losses.

  1. It can be done! There are many unsung heroes in the world who work with God to bring drastic or even subtle reform in people’s lives. They may work with groups but its often done helping one hurting person at a time.

  2. Culturally relevant interventions help heal invisible and sometimes secret emotional trauma wounds for survivors and victims… (HWT) is a great example.

  3. To be effective in trauma support: it is critical to listen to their perspective first. Listen. Listen and then listen some more before offering suggestions or opinions.

  4. Many wounds are helped by encouraging and allowing trauma survivors and children in crisis to tell their story and receive compassionate listening and validation. WOW!

  5. Multiplication with God is effective for ministry: The THI organization tries to not only help individuals but also utilize training weeks to equip new support providers who will then work to become facilitators.

  6. Some national reports (including the US)  left you weeping and were difficult to even listen to let alone imagine how the survivors endure. So many in our are suffering horribly in complex situations and we do not have clear answers. We each need to help trauma survivors and victims in any way we can with long-term effort.  

  7. Testimonies were inspiring and reminded us that it is worth persevering to heal trauma wounds. The integration of the Bible and Psychology is effective medicine.

     

It was a room full of heroes as far as I am concerned. Many pictures I still cannot share.  It was a blessing to hear God’s work through Healing the Wounds of Trauma curriculum which has been adopted in numerous cultures and languages around the globe.

Hearing worship in various languages at the same time was perhaps the most delicious part of the event. I cannot express in words how fabulous it was. I saw some friends wiping their eyes afterwards too so I get the impression I was not the only one touched.

Now, I am wondering how HWT has been used to help trauma and crisis victims and survivors who are Children and Youth in the US? Mmmmm….

If you know PLEASE share your wealth of knowledge =) You can use the comments or the contact form below for my inbox.

 

Blessings to you today,

Heloise

 

 

Many of the most significant life lessons I have learned through serving young people. It has been very humbling to watch and learn.

God is teaching and training… It is He who builds up our children and youth.

He promises to teach our children!

It is Jesus who empowers and equips…

“The Closet” Youth Ministry surprise thank you. Made me cry and fall apart at the end of the video…DURING a presentation!! CILLA! =(

  
This image was actually taken in Athens, Greece when I was with a group of fellow students at Nea Zoi Ministries summer 2015.  Nea Zoi and Threads of Hope Ministries faithfully love those in need one by one. 

Beyond this street begins “The Red light district” where prostitution is legal. Women and children are human trafficked there from parts of Europe, Africa and other locations. It is disgusting. The dilapidated buildings are painted with pretty colors that cannot disguise the chains that you see across the windows. Ironically the black statue in the middle of the square on the left of the picture is called “The fallen angel” and points directly to the beginning of the district were girls and women are trapped and used for profit and tourism. 

Yet God has a plan of deliverance for these ladies….one by one. The Gospel can give them the confidence and healing they need but action needs to be taken. By us. 

Certainly we need to spend ourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed women and girls. Part of we are called to do includes faithful prayer. Can we please pray together for the Lord’s guidance? 

Lord please help us not to forget those who are hungry and oppressed. Show us what to do Lord. Please help us to put our faith into daily action because “faith without works is dead”.

Please encourage those suffering girls and women. Show them your true love and faithfulness God.  I pray your light will shine in that darkness Lord.

Just as you ended legal slavery in the United States and people like me can be free Lord you can do it again. Please set the captives free. Use us Lord to do our part.
In Jesus name amen. 

Shining Light Ministries Impact tour – New England, USA

College students selected from across the country offer 12 Impact Events, delivering a powerful, relevant, multi-media message of hope in correctional facilities throughout the US.

The largest Christian performing arts production offered in US prisons. Interactions shatter stereotypes & walls between “us” and “them”.

Lasting impact reported from the corrections officials.

http://shining-light.com/programs/impact-tour/


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Jwear = “NOT IN MY CITY” Anti Human Trafficking Tour – Miami and South Carolina, USA

Human Trafficking is not just problem in other countries but is a deadly virus in many communities in America, and Jwear is in the fight to end it.

The mission of Jwear is to reach out to kids and young adults how to run a successful clothing business giving them the opportunity to be successful.

The clothing, art and crafts that these awesome young people design is then sold in our shop in Easton.

The goal is to have a company run by kids who would not otherwise have this opportunity.

http://www.jwear.org/

 

 

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Jwear Anti Human Trafficking – T-shirts to Order

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iris Harvest School of Missions – Mozambique, Africa

Preparation for harvesting the nations.

3 Month missionary training school with Mozambican pastors and leaders trained by Heidi and Rolland Baker as well as other international ministers and missionaries.

Extended evangelistic outreaches in local bush area.

Lived with hundreds of children at the Iris Global Village of Joy to experience the Father’s heart.

http://www.irisglobal.org/missions/harvest/

 

Update on Flooding in Mozambique and Malawi from IRIS Global on Vimeo.

 

 

Campus Crusade for Christ – Australia, Melbourne

5 week Outreach

5 College Campuses /Launching spiritual movements

Melbourne is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, and boasts world-renown universities with students from all over the Pacific Rim.

Many have never heard the Gospel, and only 1% are considered evangelical Christians.

Team helped build up a sending force to reach the rest of the world.

https://www.cru.org/opportunities/mission-trips/summer/explore/destinations.html?tripid=394

 

 

 

Ballet Magnificat – Jackson, Mississippi

2 Week Summer Dance Intensive

Annually attracts hundreds of students from around the world.

High level workshop comprised of intense technical and spiritual training, conducted by the artists of Ballet Magnificat’s professional touring companies and staff who guide the young dancers to develop their potential and seek God’s direction for their lives.

Classes offered in ballet, pointe, variations (Ballet Magnificat repertoire), pas de deux, jazz, conditioning, and improvisation.

In addition, the schedule includes daily chapel and small group discipleship.

 


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Anti–Human Trafficking with Nea Zoi and Threads of Hope, Athens Greece

Ministry opportunity to learn from Nea Zoi (New Life) and Threads of Hope (sewing business for survivors) Ministries in Athens, Greece through Liberty University Group Counseling course.

Street ministry and prayer walks in “red light district” ,

Bible study with Greek volunteers and classes on human trafficking and prostitution by Nea Zoi leadership.

Greece is a key transit and destination country for many women and children who are being trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation originating primarily from Eastern Europe and Soviet Bloc countries Nigeria, and Brazil.

Nea Zoi serves as a refuge to women and men enslaved in the human trafficking industry through the “local church and community… other populations are served by the ministry as well.

 


(personal reflections)

 

 

 

Bible studies outreach, Easton, PA

Conducted informally and spontaneously.

Met with various friends at several locations to teach them the Word of God.

 

 

 

 

Matthew: 14-16 (MSG)

14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.
If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?
I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!
Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

I want to thank humanitarian Cecilia Sakatira for coming to the US to tour for Threads of Hope Hellas. An organization that blesses human trafficking victims and survivors. I am sure it was a sacrifice of love.

In her talk, Cecelia shared not only the difficulties for human trafficking victims and survivors in Greece but also powerful potential solutions to help alleviate the pain they are experiencing.

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