The World – Trauma Healing

Trauma HealingTreating the Wounds of the Heart Earthquakes. War. Famine. Disease. All these things, and more, cause physical devastation and agony. But they also leave behind emotional wounds which can take the longest to heal. After a trauma has passed, people may still spend their lives trapped in fear and grief. And the children, who often can’t understand what has happened, are the most vulnerable victims. The Trauma Healing ministry brings God’s healing to those devastated by trauma. Through Scripture, they’re taught to move toward God with their pain and bring it to the cross. There they receive God’s healing—and learn to extend that healing to others. YOUR GIFT today will help bring healing and comfort to trauma victims worldwide.   // left: 37, up: 38, right: 39, down: 40, // spacebar: 32, pageup: 33, pagedown: 34, end: 35, home: 36 var keys = {37: 1, 38: 1, 39: 1, ... Read More

Michael & Kelly Reeves (Ecuador)

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Praise for progress addressing sexual purity from a biblical perspective with the youth in a country where sexualized media is ever increasing. Pray for Kelly as she takes on the Personnel Coordinator job for SIM Ecuador. Pray for the Trauma Healing group the Reeves are leading at their church, and for the upcoming ones in other places. Pray for wisdom as they lead El Sendero ministries, and for guidance as they plan events for the coming months with their team. Pray also for them as they begin to plan for their home assignment to rest, receive additional training, and raise additional support.

Jean Baumbach (Niger)

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Praise for the opportunity Jean had to attend a trauma healing workshop recently and for what she learned there. Praise also that the audio recording of the New Testament in Fulfulde is now available. Praise that the Seed Company (associated with Wycliffs) has approved their request for funding for the Old Testament project. Pray for Jean as she travels to the US for an eight-month home assignment, beginning in May, and pray for good internet connections and communication with her team in Niger during that time.

Ray & Jayne Hutchison (SIM USA Regional Director)

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Praise for new recruits the Lord is bringing to SIM and for the interest schools and organizations are showing to partner with the mission. Pray that there will be even greater collaboration between SIM and various Christian organizations and universities. Praise also for opening doors in trauma and racial healing. Pray for effective ministry resulting from the roll-out of the trauma healing materials in Mandarin, and for rich fruit as Ray continues with this type of ministry. Pray also for increased financial support for the Hutchisons.

Persevering through Pain

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ELWA Hospital shines a light of hope in Liberia The Ebola epidemic was devastating for Liberia, which was still rebuilding after a civil war. But as always, God brings redemption out of disaster. Samaritan’s Purse had partnered with ELWA Hospital to provide funds for a brand-new medical facility. The new hospital, dedicated in the fall of 2016, will enable ELWA’s dedicated staff to provide quality compassionate care for more patients. Nancy Writebol: Sharing hope in the midst of suffering Nancy Writebol has seen the effects of Ebola up close. And as she served the victims of Ebola as a nurse at ELWA Hospital, Nancy contracted the disease herself. The experience only strengthened her faith in God’s redeeming power. “I am thankful for His grace that carries us and is extended to us each and every day,” she says. Now Nancy attends to the ongoing needs of Liberians who were affected … Read More

The Power of Forgiveness

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In Nigeria, Trauma Healing workshops reconcile enemies At SIM’s Trauma Healing workshops, attendees are encouraged to face their own sins as well as those committed against them. At one recent workshop, a man came forward sobbing with remorse. “I need to confess that I killed Muslims in 2001,” he said. Christians in Nigeria have suffered horribly at the hands of Boko Haram, the Muslim terrorist group. But sometimes Christians respond with violence too. “I can’t get the memories out of my mind,” this man sobbed. “I know that it was wrong and I need God’s forgiveness!” The workshop directors, Bill and Lorraine Foute, invited the other attendees to come and pray with him. What happened next stunned everyone. The first person to rise and pray for this man was a Muslim woman whose husband and father had been killed during religious fighting—in 2001. She might well have been facing the … Read More

Abraham escaped the horrors of war only to face a new, more deadly enemy

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When Abraham was just a boy, he witnessed the carnage and cruelty of Liberia’s civil war. His family had to flee to Ghana where they lived as refugees for ten years. They returned to Liberia only to face a new terror—Ebola. “It was more deadly,” he says, “because Ebola was an unseen enemy.” Abraham watched his little sister become sick and die. “It was the most difficult part of our lives,” he says, “but we tried to withstand.” But his burden of grief only got heavier. Then Abraham went to one of ELWA Hospital’s Trauma Healing workshops, where they address the emotional wounds of survivors. “There was a day for ‘taking our pain to the cross,’” he recalls. “And I stood there, and tears came to my eyes.” He describes his experience as lifting a burden, “like you have something on your head—and it has been removed.” That was a … Read More

Abraham escaped the horrors of war only to face a new, more deadly enemy

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When Abraham was just a boy, he witnessed the carnage and cruelty of Liberia’s civil war. His family had to flee to Ghana where they lived as refugees for ten years. They returned to Liberia only to face a new terror—Ebola. “It was more deadly,” he says, “because Ebola was an unseen enemy.” Abraham watched his little sister become sick and die. “It was the most difficult part of our lives,” he says, “but we tried to withstand.” But his burden of grief only got heavier. Then Abraham went to one of ELWA Hospital’s Trauma Healing workshops, where they address the emotional wounds of survivors. “There was a day for ‘taking our pain to the cross,’” he recalls. “And I stood there, and tears came to my eyes.” He describes his experience as lifting a burden, “like you have something on your head—and it has been removed.” That was a … Read More