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May 30

Congo Reflections

Author: Gail Schuknecht - Africa 2017 Team Member

 

It was apparent from the beginning that each of us on the Congo MTS team felt that God had a significant purpose in our being there.  The effort, time and money invested, along with the uncertainty of what was to come allowed a commonly felt trust in that purpose.

   

Sharing our questions & fears about travel, where to go, what to do, food, danger concerns, sleep & health issues along with caring responses and suggestions gave me a consistent sense that I wasn’t in this situation alone. Our shared time together allowed us to hear personal stories of how God had woven our past journeys into our sense of significant purpose & faith in Him. This not only applied to this Congo experience, but through our lives in general.  This process gave way to knowing others and being known, offering a sense of being securely loved. The weeks together consistently encouraged our strong Hope in our Lord Jesus. The process was the Gospel lived out to me.

This process gave way to knowing others and being known, offering a sense of being securely loved.

Just as this team process developed into love and care to me in a personal way, the process of experiencing incarnational ministry continued to unfold in dynamic ways. Though my nearly 30 years of teaching the concept that “people/students generally don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” seemed to be reinforced consistently. What was wonderful about our time in the Congo was the ways MTS trauma training curriculum is infused with an abundant sense of caring.  The teachings are creatively changed as needed to develop & maintain relational connections of knowing and being known by teachers and participants.  Vulnerability and transparency were apparent and implemented fluidly with love. One of the aspects of MTS is sharing the redemption process of our life trials.  The process not just teaches, but demonstrates the process of safety, integration & re-connection with past trauma, connection with others and the redemptive purpose of our trials through truth in Him.  This is developed through the love of safe/caring others.

The experience was a continuation of my own healing as I heard concepts shared with the Congolese participants.

I would check into my own soul to see how I had honestly and to what depth I had responded to those concepts.  I was in a continuing process, knowing the redemptive power of Jesus in my own life.  As I heard stories from the participants of understanding and redemption, I could pray with understanding as they continued developing their intimate journey with God.

The highlight for me was the privilege of being with 60 Congolese children as they experienced The Vulnerable Child curriculum from MTS.  I saw them respond with caregivers as they heard of their creation and design in the image of God, that nothing that can diminish. God’s safety and comfort is apparent, available always and manifest through safe people in our lives.  Children heard how we are created with feelings we protect in our hearts.  Caregivers shared and encouraged the value of learning and choosing to share feelings within safe relations. These relationships help us to identify fear, anger, guilt and shame. We learned to atone when we have hurt others and being able to place shaming situations as they belong to others. Children became aware of our physical being: good, bad and secret touch.

In a culture where a child has little ability to speak up, we discussed how important it is to be able to say no, go and tell a safe person when touch is inappropriate.

We explored the importance of understanding the impact of our words. All this was done in community with caregivers that will be able to develop and maintain relationships to truly know these children.  This again is what I see as the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus. I Cor. 13:13 shares that Faith, Hope and love will continue.  Our Lord’s secure Love, significant purpose in Faith and strong Hope were abundantly apparent in the DRC.  We were allowed to be His eyes, ears and voice to others while exploring the concepts of MTS trauma ministry with the wonderful people in the DRC. What an incredible privilege to experience.

  

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May 13

Congo Update #9 – Final

Vulnerable Child Conference & Final Update

Today was our final day of the conference and our last day in Congo! This morning we started our day asking the caregivers to tell us about their experiences with the kids yesterday. A pastor shared this experience, I asked the child, “When are you going to accept Jesus?” and he answered, “Now I could accept Jesus!” We prayed together, and I led the child in the prayer of salvation. We then continued talking about his picture, and we went outside. Outside, I wanted him to know that there would be one person in his church that would know him. So we went to my friend, who is an elder, and I said, “This child had accepted Christ. I want you to know him so you can continue to shepherd him.”

This was just one of many stories that the caregivers told about the wonderful experiences they shared with the children yesterday, and today was more of the same. The weather has been beautiful here, and the kids and caregivers got to spread out outside on the grass to do their processing. The children had learned about secret touch so they were instructed to draw pictures about how “toxic” shame causes them to feel and how healthy guilt feels. At the close of the day, the participants performed a beautiful song and dance for us. They then gave us each a length of cloth that is both made and unique to the Butembo area.

Our whole MTS team is so grateful for this opportunity to have come and serve the Congolese people. We’ve all grown so much personally and spiritually, and we are looking forward to our next trip! Thank you to all of our friends and families for your love, prayers, and support–none of this would be possible without you!

 

 

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May 12

Congo Update #8

 Vulnerable Child Conference

It is so exciting to be a part of the first wave of Caring for the Vulnerable Child here in Africa. God is doing so many amazing things, and the conference just builds on itself each day. It’s an honor and a privilege to watch what God is doing in these children’s lives. For the first hour of the day, we took the children to play in a grassy area on the guesthouse property. We had ten beach balls and two soccer balls for the kids to use for play. We played a circle game, soccer, and red light/green light. For these kids, this was a special treat. Their faces lit up when they saw the balls. These children have grown up knowing nothing but war; some of them are displaced from their homes, others are staying at CEPIMA, and most of them have very little or nothing to play with. Not only do these children not get very much play time, getting them to move their bodies while they’re doing this challenging trauma work helps them to work through and process the material and their experiences.

The caregivers spent their time in the morning going through their lessons on the same topics as the children in preparation to be able to facilitate and help the children during their combined processing time. Then in the afternoon, the caregivers joined the children for their lessons on anger, fear, and nightmares. It was such a beautiful sight to see the caregivers sitting with the children, listening to them, and helping them process through their emotions. There was at least one caregiver for every child; it was such a healing experience. It’s wonderful and amazing to see the healing, not just in the children, but the caregivers as well. That is one of the truly unique things about the Caring for the Vulnerable Child, two generational healing model…seeing the caregivers apply what they’ve learned in working with the children—both healing together.

 

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May 11

Congo Update #7

Caring for the Vulnerable Child Conference

The second day of the Vulnerable Child conference was a huge success! We are caring for 40 children and resourcing and training 75 caregivers! We had a mix of children from local churches and a large number of children from CEPIMA. The children had so much fun learning about their original design and feelings, and the caregivers are open to the material. We have excellent interpreters. Many of them have their own children’s ministries so they are great with the kids, and they are dedicated to continuing care with the children once the conference is over. Mama Abia has been attending the Vulnerable Child conference as well. We found out today that after she sits in the workshop all day, she takes the material back and uses it with the 50 traumatized children that are currently at CEPIMA. Even in the midst of adversity or when difficulties arise on these trips, it’s so hard to be discouraged because of people like Mama Abia who are so faithful to take and use the materials to continue teaching and training others.

One of the children who attended the conference today was a young girl named Farajah (which means courage). Faraja has been at CEPIMA for three months. When she came to CEPIMA, she had previously been at three other hospitals and wasn’t showing any improvement. When she arrived, she wasn’t walking, talking, eating, or sleeping. She came from a family of 10—all nine of her siblings have died. She is now eating, sleeping, and walking with a little bit of assistance, and she is starting to try to speak. When Farajah arrived today she was very shut down and expressionless. As Mama Nora started working with her, she began to open up. For one of the exercises, the children were given a mirror to practice making and looking at their facial expressions. Farajah loved the mirror! She stared at herself and smiled for the entire exercise; this was some of the first expression we had seen on her face all day; it was such a beautiful sight. Even though she has a long way to go in her healing, we are so excited for the progress that Farajah has already made and are looking forward to seeing her grow throughout the rest of the conference.

 

This week we also learned a story about the guesthouse where we are staying. Earlier in the week, during an exercise about things that bring us pain, a pastor shared that when he was 14 years old he was rounded up with 800 other boys and taken to be buried alive “right under that tree over there.” He pointed to a tree on the guesthouse property that could be seen from the conference room window. We were all astonished. Before sharing his story, we did not know the history of the OHAI guesthouse. During Mobutu’s reign of power (Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga was the military dictator and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997), this property was a military base where his personal guard lived along with many soldiers. Under that tree, 800 young men were buried alive. Many others had also been killed on these grounds in massacres. As a young man, the pastor was brought to the base. He showed the soldiers a New Testament he had in his pocket. They then told him to run and that they would shoot him instead of burying him. Three soldiers lined up and shot at him as he ran, but all of their bullets missed, and he was able to escape. One year after the killings, CBCA bought this property and changed its name from “death to life.” The properties previous name meant “rest” but was referred to as the place of death. The property is now called “ohai” which means life and is a place of safety and refuge for the people. The photo of the men standing under the tree was taken this afternoon during a process group. This place is such a perfect and beautiful representation of God’s redemptive power and plan for Congo. Only God has the power to transform such evil into such beauty. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve these people in this place. This so perfectly represents what Mending the Soul strives to do.

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May 09

Congo Update #6

Last Day of Trauma Conference

Today was the final day of the By His Wounds conference! All morning the teaching was on the MTS healing model and forgiveness; both were received very well. It was a blessing to be able to discuss the topics of forgiveness and repentance: what they are and are not. Forgiveness is a subject that is often debated and churches can struggle to teach it in its entirety. It was great to see the participants receive and grasp these truths. The afternoon was a graduation celebration. Each participant received Mama Nora’s five hearts cross bookmark and their MTS certificate of completion.

A female attorney that attended the conference shared the following:

All those exercises…they help the brokenness of the heart, and they were something that helped me discover myself. I have been a Christian for a long time and pastors have been teaching us about the power of the cross, but I have never understood it fully until Dr. Steve explained it this morning. Then I discovered that not every trauma is demon possession, but that the devil can use trauma to attack and the cure for that is remaining connected. God’s timetable is different from ours. When we are lamenting, we should understand that God will answer in his own right time. Today’s teaching has also made me realize I am not alone, and I am blessed to know the power of forgiveness. Dr. Steve, there are many things that I don’t know, but I know that I will go step by step and overcome. I also learned what true repentance is not and what true repentance is.

Samuel is an evangelist in Congo who is physically disabled and has to use his hands to help him walk. As an evangelist, someone has to carry him to where he is preaching. Several times during the conference he had talked about his struggles and the shame he carried about his disability growing up and that he used to be full of anger until he was saved. This man is such a powerful testament to God’s love and redemptive power. Now his anger and hate have melted away, and he lives to joyfully serve the Lord. Here is what he shared at the close of our conference today:

I thought maybe it wasn’t important for me to come to this conference, but thankfully the people who sent the invitation knew it was. The first way I’ve been blessed this week is by learning that other people are carrying my shame, and I’m hurting them. For example, when my children are mocked they take on my shame, and it is not theirs to carry. I have also realized how I’ve been hurting my wife and my children. These teachings have helped me so much. I know God will give me the strength to help them so their wounds may heal also. I knew that Jesus came down to care for us and gave himself for us, but I realized in this conference that Jesus had wounds too—so he knows how I hurt. The teacher helped me to understand that you cannot heal unless you are willing to give all the wounds to Jesus. Thank you for the teaching. 

It was a beautiful end to an excellent conference. Dr. Steve is continuing to improve every day. He was able to help Jumah teach this morning on forgiveness and was also able to participate in graduation. Tomorrow is his final IV antibiotic treatment! We appreciate all of your prayers and support through this time and ask that you continue to pray for all of the team as we move into the Caring for the Vulnerable Child Conference which begins tomorrow.

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May 08

Congo Update #5

Today we have an extra special update for you that you absolutely can’t miss! Sylvi was at our training last year and came and visited us today to give us a report of what she’s been doing with what she had learned. Her and a few other trainees from Beni have been taking MTS to war zones to provide trauma care immediately following the massacres. The video below is an interview of her describing the work they are doing. Sylvi’s passion and love gives you a look into the hearts of the wonderful Congolese people!

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May 07

Congo Update #4

Today we had a break from the conference and the pastors got to spend the day at their churches and at home with their families. This morning the majority of the MTS team was blessed to attend church with Mama Abia at the CBCA (Community Baptiste Centre of Africa) in Butembo. Mama Nora went to church with Katavo where she was asked to speak to the congregation. Our hosts were more than generous, and we had a wonderful time. The sermon at CBCA preached on the Good Samaritan and healing wounds—how fitting for Mending the Soul! The people were so warm and friendly, and we felt blessed to be included in their church families.

After church, we all had the opportunity to visit one of Mama Abia’s CEPIMA clinics. As we pulled up, we were greeted with an incredible welcome. The patients, caregivers, and staff were dancing and singing for our arrival! It was such an incredibly beautiful sight! They showed us in and shared their hearts and their stories with us. Many of the patients spoke about their needs and thanked us for coming to visit. All the clinics are in such desperate need of resources, particularly this Butembo clinic because so many people come from villages located in warzones seeking refuge in the city. Despite the tremendous need and the amount of suffering these people have endured, they were smiling, happy and rejoicing. They gave us many generous gifts including African CEPIMA shirts that were made especially for each one of us and fruit baskets. We brought them each a Father’s Love Letter, the Father’s heart picture and one of Mama Nora’s cross necklaces. We also prayed for their individual needs. Neema was also at CEPIMA today dancing and smiling. It brought such joy to our hearts to be able to spend time with these beautiful men and women. Please keep CEPIMA in your prayers – for the healing and wholeness of the patients, the steadfastness and strength of the staff, and their tremendous need for resources.

Steve finished day two of his IV malaria medication. Tomorrow he has one more treatment, and then they will start him on oral antibiotics. He is in good spirits and is planning on to teach tomorrow. Please continue to pray for his health, and that God will continue his healing work. Thank you MTS family for the continued support, love, and prayers.

 

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May 06

Congo Update #3

Thank you for your continued prayers and support! Day 3 got off to a rocky start as Steve woke up very sick and was not able to teach. Today’s topics included spiritual warfare and the spiritual effects of trauma. Jumah and Celestia did a fantastic job, and the whole team pitched in to help with the teaching as well.

During the check-in this morning, one of the pastors shared that after yesterday’s teaching he took the MTS book to a man who is lame in his congregation; however, the man could not understand the book. So he then took out the Father’s Love Letter and shared with the lame man the love of Jesus. The man “grabbed the letter and read it over and over again to himself and was so happy because he knew that Jesus still loved him even in his state.” In just one evening, this pastor was already using and applying the tools that he was given thus far in the training. This story illustrates the faithfulness and the resourcefulness of the Congolese pastors we meet and train.

Today Neema (her story is found in Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse) came to the conference with Mama Abia from CEPIMA (Centre for the Protection of the Destitute and Mentally Ill, known by its French acronym CEPIMA). On our first visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, we had visited CEPIMA which are mental health clinics that care for the mentally ill due to severe trauma. While there, we prayed for and photographed a young girl, Neema, who was pregnant and catatonic from the abuse that she had suffered at the hands of rebels. When we returned to CEPIMA five years later, she had received a full healing, moved out of the clinic, lived on her own and was raising her daughter. Today, Neema came with her oldest daughter and her newborn twins. She is now married with five children. However, she and her husband are both out of work and cannot afford to send their daughter to school. The way the community of conference participants surrounded her and supported her was beautiful and very moving. The pastors even took up an offering for her. Please keep Neema, CEPIMA, and the people they serve in your prayers.

In the afternoon, local doctors came to the guesthouse and took Steve’s blood work as his conditioned had worsened over the course of the day. The results came back—he has malaria. Steve was taken to the hospital for IV fluids and antibiotics. He was in good spirits tonight after his treatment and was able to eat dinner with the team. Steve will receive two treatments tomorrow and the final treatment on Monday. Please keep him in your prayers!

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ~1 John 4:4

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May 05

Congo Update #2

The second day of the conference was amazing! This morning a pastor stood to thank us for the teaching yesterday on the five abuses that distort the image of God. He shared his conviction over learning that the abuse/sin of verbal abuse can be as damaging as sexual abuse. He was convicted (and didn’t know) and thus repented before God and the congregation for the ways in which he has verbally abused his children in the past and committed to change.  “His words have power to harm or heal.” This teaching opened up his heart and others through the power of God’s word and a theology of the relational image of God.

The team was prepared for a really hard day, our morning session focused on the value and dignity of women. This can be an especially difficult conversation considering cultural biases that can be very influential. Fortunately, we’ve been blessed with a very open and eager group of participants. All the teachings were well received, and the pastors really engaged with the material. One of the truly beautiful things about Africans is their love for and support of their peers, friends, families, and communities. During the reading of the Fathers Love Letter, a tract by Barry Adams, we had each participant read one of the scriptures, putting their name in front of it. As each person read their scripture, the rest of the participants affirmed and encouraged the reader.

After working through an expressive art exercise on the value and dignity of women, a woman participant shared the following:

I got the opportunity to be the woman in a good family, and in my family I was considered; but when I got married, I am meaningless. When I sit in gatherings of my husband’s family members if I have a suggestion, even if it may be good, when I present it my husband will be the first person to ask me to keep quiet so I can let the others give their views—that even extends to my home. It makes me feel as if I don’t exist. That is the wound I have developed in me when entering my husband’s family. In my family of origin, my views were considered and listened to. This is a gift I have given you (her telling her story) so you may help me because every time I give a suggestion they fail to listen to it and whatever they will try to do will fail, but they don’t learn anything about that. The second question was about how Jesus considers women and makes them feel respected. The blue picture I drew there is a circle showing Jesus holding the hands of all women. That is the picture God has reflected to me out of Biblical teaching and our morning lesson and shows how Jesus considers women. That strengthens me because, even if my husband’s family does not consider me, in Jesus I realize I am valuable. That gives me strength to continue loving them because Jesus came even to prostitutes and loved them.

“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of this side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

~Matthew Henry, Biblical Commentator

 

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May 04

Congo Update #1

On Wednesday, May 3rd we arrived safely in Butembo in the Democratic Republic of Congo! Thank you all for your continued support and prayer. Two team members, James and Sebastian, were delayed on Monday when flight trouble caused them to miss their connection from Istanbul to Kigali, Rwanda. We weren’t sure when or how they were going to meet up with the rest of our team as we were scheduled to leave the next morning, Tuesday, for Goma. But thanks to God and the continued prayers of our support team, Bienvenue (a friend of MTS) was able to pick them up and drive all through the night to get them to Goma, DRC for our flight to Butembo. Meanwhile the rest of the team – Steve, Celestia, Gail, Ethie and Leah- set out on Tuesday morning for the Rwanda/Congo border, a 3.5-hour drive on winding and remote roads. Just before leaving Kigali, we got a flat tire; thankfully, we were able to get it fixed while we were still in town. If this flat had happened at any other time on the journey, we might still be stranded. At the border, we faced minimal problems, and we were able to cross into the DRC with little incident. Once in Goma, our team was united, and we boarded a Congolese airline for our flight to Butembo. Then, after we had taxied onto the tarmac, the plane experienced electrical trouble which caused us to turn around and switch planes. Without the continued prayers of you—our friends, family and MTS community—any one of these things could have prevented our trip from continuing, but the grace of God has carried us through.

The MTS By His Wounds Trauma Care Conference started today. Usually, the first two days are the most challenging as topics deal with the nature of abuse. However, today went very well. All the participants were eager to learn, and even though the material was difficult, there were many people willing to share their workbooks and expressive art. We have been blessed with a wonderful translator, Pastor Kasongo, who is also the head of the theology department at UCBC in Beni, a bilingual Christian University MTS has partnered with for the last ten years. Two of the conference participants had also attended Mending the Soul’s first Congo training at UCBC in Beni in 2007. Since then, they have been using the resources they received in the trauma care of others. When they heard that MTS was coming back again to train, they made sure to come. The faithfulness of these leaders is humbling as they pass everything they receive on to others, often at great personal cost.

Our team is feeling very encouraged as we head into the rest of the week. Please continue to pray and intercede for our team and conference participants. We are very grateful for all of the support we have received and know that your prayers have helped carry us through.

O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him…

…The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit

~Psalm 34:8, 18

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Apr 23

2017 Rwanda Update #7

As we came together to wrap up the conference, the mood in the room was noticeably lighter. We began each day with worship and praise, and today their voices seemed to lift higher and their praise louder. So many have been thanking members of our team for the teachings, of course, but even more so for our stories. For Africans to hear that the muzungos (white people) have also experienced tragedies, betrayal, and pain and have walked through it with help of others and the Word, connects them to the teachings in ways that would not otherwise happen.

We have heard stories of great pain and loss, the attendees have shared pieces of their stories with one another; some for the first time. They are experiencing first-hand the gift of the Mending the Soul curriculum and process.

One story that illustrates this so well is Pastor Charles. On the first day, he explained to a few of us on the team that he was Twa, a third tribe within Rwanda whose people are often marginalized. He spoke of how the Tutsis and Hutus have been given many resources for healing and reconciliation, but as a Twa, their people have not and persecution has been ongoing. He said that he could not share with the others because they would not be safe. Because he is an elder (each time he spoke before the group he would remind them that he is 69) and a pastor. He began the week “preaching” rather than sharing. But as the week went on, as he heard the pain and healing of others, his sharing became more authentic. Since it is so important that the attendees continue their healing process before implementing Mending the Soul in their communities, we broke up the participants into groups according to the organizations they came with to allow them to create a training plan. Pastor Charles had not come with a group, so Kim checked in with him to encourage him to join a group. His words were beautiful! “Oh, no problem…I already have a group,” and he left to go join them. One man, arriving alone, committed to help his people despite the prejudices, leaves with not only resources but new friends who are willing to walk alongside of him and support him.

The last assignment of the conference was for each attending organization to spend time together to determine how they were going to work together to go through the curriculum themselves. Secondly, they were to determine how they planned to use the curriculum within their organization and the people with whom they work. Many organizations work with traumatized children and families. Some work specifically with Genocide survivors and others were leaders/pastors representing their denominations. We even had a group of clinical psychologists from a private counseling facility (a rarity here in Africa). By their responses and training plans, we could hear that they understood the need to first heal from their trauma (physical, verbal, sexual, spiritual, and neglect…all were represented as we heard their stories) before working with others through theirs. Below is a very short list of what was presented:

  • Heal as a team
  • Learn to share our stories first
  • Help the people in our communities who have been impacted by trauma, the Genocide and other forms of trauma
  • Share how they overcame their shame through Jesus
  • Create opportunities to share the information they received from the training and share how Jesus can heal the shame from trauma

On and on they spoke. There was even a group of students, who are currently attending the African College of Theology, in attendance that met together in order to continue their healing work in order to bring the materials and process back to their organizations.

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Apr 22

2017 Rwanda Update #6

We have arrived at the climax of the training—the presenter’s stories delighting in God’s redemptive purposes. Kim and Shanell presented on the Stages of Healing using their stories and God’s redemptive work in their lives. One of the healing stages is creating safety and security. Moses (pictured left), a pastor in attendance from South Sudan who is working with refugees who have fled to the northern areas of Uganda, came to understand that he naturally just recently created a temporary time of safety and security. He described how the United Nations (UN) set up a border gate that fleeing Sudanese refugees had to pass through in order to enter Uganda. Their only possessions were only what they could carry with them—they had no food or water. While standing in this long line, it began to pour down rain and was very cold. Moses, having a small “parcel” of land nearby, began bringing children who had lost their parents in the crowds to his home to get them out of the rain and to rest. A nearby shop owner donated food, others from the area gave money for food, and women came to help cook. Soon his home was bursting at the seams, but everyone was working together to insure everyone was fed and warm. With time, the UN was able to bring in more help and process the people quicker; but in the meantime, Moses was the one who brought safety and security to many.

To close this first session, Jumah presented a very helpful drawing (from the American Bible Society) regarding how we must process pain and loss. He showed us all how each must pass through four “villages” in order to heal. Those who try to take a short cut end up stuck and exhibiting many of the symptoms found in the first three “villages.”

A conference on trauma can never be complete without training and discussions on forgiveness. Jumah shared from his own life how he did not offer forgiveness to the murderer of his father until the man showed true repentance. Such a powerful testimony! Steve followed with the characteristics of both true and false repentance and when reconciliation is appropriate. The students were then able to ask questions and speak about examples of false repentance they had experienced in the church and elsewhere.

The attendee’s favorite story, by far, was the redemptive ending of Nora’s story—her final heart showing the cross of Christ filling the broken places of her heart. Time and time again we heard how helpful her story and her heart presentations were. Nora gave each student a book mark with the depicting the five hearts and the verse, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Jumah then explained to the students how they could use the bookmark in their ministries, with children, and when meeting one on one. What an amazing gift that Mama Nora gives each time she shares!

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