Peace be with you and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. May God's grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ. This update wraps up our time in Uganda, where in total we had 2 Initial Equipping Sessions for Trauma Healing, 2 Advanced Equipping Sessions for Trauma Healing, a day of Optional Lessons for Trauma Healing (where we covered domestic violence, rape, suicide, and addictions), and many one on one meetings with people who are hurting-both missionaries and Ugandan nationals. It was a joyful reunion with Rumbi as well when she came for the Advanced Equipping and she summed trauma healing up best when she said:
I have learned about how those in my healing groups are not objects, but people-people with heart wounds. I have realized how fragile a wounded heart is and that what we are doing is a sacred task. God has work He needs to do in the people in the group and He uses us as His vessel to do this.
She is absolutely correct. Wounded hearts are fragile and we must proceed with care when we are facilitating healing groups. The Lord grants the wisdom and knowledge of how to proceed cautiously, with love and tenderness as we offer hope to those who are hurting.
In the end, we certified 46 apprentice facilitators (across 3 Initial Equipping Sessions), 10 Training Facilitators, and 17 Healing Group Facilitators. There are many valuable lessons we have learned as we think through the next few weeks how to develop additional policies and procedures as we proceed with additional opportunities in this area. We are so thankful that the Lord comes close to the brokenhearted, bringing comfort to those who grieve as we continued to see many with broken hearts. We are thankful we were used in small ways to encourage, pray, and care for those who are broken. It feels impossible to share all we saw the Lord do in a newsletter so I look forward to seeing you all in person-giving the glory and honor to God for the work He is doing in us and through us.
Testimonies from our participants in Uganda
We are excited for the knowledge and skills that you have shared and that you have heightened our capacities from a Christian perspective. We looking forward to growing together and help heal wounded hearts of our families, friends and neighbors.Thank you for the training and may God bless you.
It wasn’t just a lesson for me to undertake and report that I attended: it was something I longed for, an opportunity to reflect upon self and lighten up, I felt energized and confident in my way of life after the training.
I thought I was coming to learn to help others but yet God dealt with me first in order to prepare me to deal with others. Because of the healing I experienced, I am now in a position to help others.
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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.