It has been a minute, friends, since I gave you an update. Between ministry and helping out family, my schedule seems busier than ever! This quarter started with a bang. I loved bringing in 2023 in Rome, Italy, speaking at a missionary care retreat. Then off to Memphis to facilitate Advanced Equipping for Trauma Healing. This was three days after I arrived back from Italy. I said yes to the training as my co-facilitators are also life-giving friends. And I lack a local community (except for family, the nearest is one hour away), which has been hard. So I will take it where I can, even if it means some hectic traveling. I love that my community continued as I headed to Philadelphia after that for meetings with my American Bible Society friends and colleagues. We are moving into some exciting expansions for the Healing the Wounds of Trauma curriculum, including a resource for helping teens who have experienced community violence and a new audio model. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you in my next update.
I traveled to Villa Ridge, MO, in February, for an Initial Equipping. This was an amazing group of women, and it was an honor to spend time with them. I am grateful for new prayer partners as a result as well. Outside of trauma healing, I have worked with Sharon in a weekly debrief with a missionary overseas. I have helped develop an online tool kit for a resource called Strength from Weakness. I have also been working with Global Outreach on developing protocols for the missionary care team. As a friend says, clarity is kindness, and having protocols helps you know what to do. We have looked at topics such as what is considered confidential, what different levels of crisis look like, and how we can respond at each level.
The highlight of this quarter was a vacation in the Outer Banks!! It was my first time there. And even though I did not check all calendars and still had work to do, it was just the setting to be in. What would you choose? Beach or mountains? For me, it would be the beach. This time last year, I had told a colleague it would be nice to work from the beach. And the NEXT WEEK, the Lord opened up the Philippines partnership, and I got to spend A LOT of time in a beach setting while working. I love that the Lord granted me the desire of my heart, especially after a tough year. And I love I am continuing that in 2023.
In 2022, I learned that we can make our plans, but the Lord truly directs our steps. 2022 was completely different than I imagined, with some things like the Philippines not even on the radar as we planned for the year in 2021. And, of course, we did not expect the loss of my aunt or a lung cancer diagnosis for my mom.
Keeping that in mind, here is a tentative idea of what is planned for the next quarter:
With peace and love,
Highlights of 2022 (just a little delayed):
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Misty Bodkins has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has worked both stateside and internationally doing counseling, training, teaching, and research. Her passion is working with people who are in crisis.