Thank you for your continued prayers. The Philippines trip was quite a success, even though there were some health hiccups along the way. By the end of the three weeks, we had facilitated 4 Advanced Equipping Sessions (with a total of 60 participants) and an Initial Equipping session for 30 pastors. It was an intense three weeks of training, and we were very intentional in making sure we had down time, rest, and fun on the weekends, especially with our facilitation team, who was not quite used to that pace of training. It made for long days and nights but excellent opportunities for growth and development and mentoring of the facilitation team. Four of the ICM staff were leveled up to Master Facilitators in Training and our facilitator from the Bible Society of the Philippines to a Master Facilitator.
Our pastor training also had some powerful testimonies come out of it. In particular, during the laments, one of the pastors shared that he had recently lost his wife. He had not had the chance to express his grief and pain and had been trying to keep it inside. His lament brought other participants to tears, and while one of the facilitators closed the lament section in prayer, the pastor wept and sobbed openly. It was a powerful moment of authenticity, openness, and vulnerability. It was also a gentle reminder from the Lord that this is why I was there and how important this program is: creating a safe space for processing pain and trauma.
There have now been over 4000 who have participated in a healing group. Please continue to pray for the facilitators working diligently to provide this safe space for hurting communities. Also, more training is now occurring, and other ministries are starting to become very interested in learning more about Trauma Healing. Please pray for networking and cooperation between these ministries as they all work together to serve their communities impacted by the typhoon. Continue to pray for the facilitation teams to be guarded against secondary trauma as they carry out the healing groups. Please pray as well for the continued translation work into the local Filipino dialects.
2nd Corinthians 5:7 (ESV) "for we walk by faith, not by sight"
We are so grateful for your prayer during this time. As my mom continues in this journey, the praises we have to report are no indication of brain cancer, which means the cancer is contained to the lung and the oncologist has classified it as stage 1. We knew surgery was probably not going to be an option due to her current lung functioning, and this is indeed the case. However, the oncologist gave us some hope when he said the next best course of treatment is four rounds of radiation. She started radiation on July 19 and will finish her 4th round on July 28th. She will then have a break for one month though the radiation will continue to work. They will then repeat the PET scan to see where they are at. We are praying for complete healing at that stage and no indication of cancer and ask that you join us in that prayer. My stepdad has been cancer free from his lung cancer since 2003, and we know that nothing is impossible for our Lord.
She is handling radiation well overall with the exception of nausea and fatigue. Please pray that this is a time where she can rest and allow healing for her body. Please pray for a healthy appetite and no weight loss. Most importantly please pray that the radiation is God's instrument to kill cancer and keep the healthy tissue intact. Also, pray that as cancer leaves her body, her lung functioning will improve. Yes, her lungs are not good, but I believe God can provide healing and restoration to her healthy remaining tissue while at the same time obliterating the invasive cancerous cells. Please continue to pray for His Presence in our family and that we see His hand of mercy and grace daily, in little and big ways. Please continue to pray for conversations about our faith with other family members too. Feel free to share testimonies you may have of His mighty hand of healing or scriptures that have brought you hope and comfort. I will pass them along to my mom.
Thank you for your prayers, support, and love during a very challenging year,
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
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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.