Peace be with you and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. This month started off with two back to back Initial Equipping Sessions for Trauma Healing. As Trauma Healing has become a portion of Ministry Care this year, here are some questions I want you to think through regarding trauma: How do people recover from trauma? Can the Bible help? What can the church do?
That is what I love about the Trauma Healing Model. It seeks to answer these questions and reconcile the suffering that is seen to the healing God we know. Unfortunately trauma is part of the human experience in the broken world, especially cross-culturally. The actual definition of trauma is it happens when a person is overwhelmed with fear, helplessness, or horror in the face of death. This effects their psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.This is the tragedy of trauma:
Healing the Wounds of Trauma helps local churches and ministries provide compassionate responses to traumatized people in their communities.
The model uses biblical and mental health principles for trauma healing and uses a “training the trainer” approach. The program offers narrative, experiential, and participatory lessons to bring healing to traumatized people. Additionally, the Healing the Wounds of Trauma model has been contextualized to reach diverse communities-it is not a Western model so to speak.
I love being a part of this model and it fits right into my heart of training the trainers. By the end of our Equipping Sessions this month in Tupelo, Mississippi, and Omaha, Nebraska, we now have certified 31 more apprentice facilitators that are working in various locations both here in the states and internationally to offer hope and healing to the broken and traumatized communities they are in.
This model has also helped me personally. May 23rd is the 5th anniversary of our traumatic break-in in Zimbabwe. 2nd Thessalonians 3:2-3 was my reading that morning and it says: “Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” This Scripture took on significant meaning in my life that day. Usually in May I find that I reflect on the ways my life has been radically altered due to that traumatic experience, my sense of safety and security shattered. This month I choose instead to reflect on God's goodness, His hand of protection and sparing our lives, the many blessings that have resulted since, the joy that comes in the morning and how He has brought beauty from the ashes, continually bringing restoration in my life. He is so faithful and truly strengthened us and guarded us. His love never fails and even when I have walked through the valley of shadow and death, His perfect love has cast out all fear. I sing praise for the life He has given me! And I am so thankful to be a part of the Healing the Wounds of Trauma model. The hope and healing I have now from the trauma we experienced is the same hope and healing I want to bring to others.
One final note, the rest of May I was blessed tremendously by an aunt who needed a traveling companion to go to Australia. This was her dream since I was a young child. But she has some health challenges and needed someone to travel with. I was the lucky one chosen. She paid for both of us to go, which was a huge blessing. We spent 10 days creating special memories together. It was also the first real vacation I have had since 2005. I will share a few highlights next month but I am so grateful for the time we had together.
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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.