Happy New Years! As 2017 comes to a close, the word that keeps coming up for me is thankful. Merriam Webster defines thankful in the following ways:
1: conscious of benefit received
blissful, chuffed (British), delighted, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, glad, tickled
(Side note, I learned the word chuffed when I was in Zimbabwe, it was always one of my favorite words!)
Each one of these definitions are applicable for me this year. There are many reasons to be thankful. First my expression of thanks is for each one of you. Many of you have been faithful prayer warriors, which is so vital in the spiritual battles that go on all around us. There are some of you who have been such an encouragement to me, reminding me of God's Presence and Faithfulness during those valley moments and a thank you does not seem enough for the blessing you are in my life.
In terms of being conscious of benefit received, I am so thankful for those of you who have chosen to be financial partners with me. This ministry would not occur without you so I am thankful for your dedication and commitment.
I am thankful and well pleased to be a part of Ministry Care and to have such a supportive Board of Directors. This ministry has been a perfect fit for me. I am thankful that God calls each one of us to serve Him and to spread the Gospel. I am thankful He has chosen me to do this internationally.
One of the biggest things I am thankful for in 2017 is learning about Healing the Wounds of Trauma (Trauma Healing), becoming a master facilitator, and being a part of facilitating equipping sessions and healing groups. I believe this will be a big part of the ministry in 2018 and look forward to seeing how the Lord continues to use the material to not just set people free from trauma but also draw them close to Him. I am so thankful for the testimonies coming out of Uganda as a result of Trauma Healing and for the multiplication of those trained in mental health principles and Biblical foundation that has occurred in 2017 and more that will happen in 2018.
As 2018 begins, I return to Ethiopia just a few weeks into the new year. I leave the states January 19th. We will be holding an Initial Equipping Session for Trauma Healing February 5 to 8th and a Convening session on February 9th in Ethiopia. I then travel to Uganda on February 10th, where we will be facilitating several Initial Equipping Sessions and an Advanced Session. I look forward to sharing more in my next newsletter. Please pray for safe travels and for God to be glorified in these sessions.
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1st Thessalonians 5:18
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Thank you so much! And may God bless you richly with His presence as we move into 2018!
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:28-29
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.