April, 2017 Archive

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 […]

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 […]

Apr 21

2017 Rwanda Update #5

Spiritual Impact of Trauma The focus on the training today was the spiritual impact of trauma—specifically, how it disconnects us from God. The participants worked individually and then shared with the group on how they felt rejected by God; hid in fear from God; and/or doubted God’s character and promises. As the students shared, you […]

Apr 20

2017 Rwanda Update #4

Today was a difficult day for both the attendees and the presenters. The first two days the ground work was laid to help the students understand the word and scope of trauma by giving them exercises which helped them anchor to a place of safety (primarily through drawing and sharing with one another) in order […]

Apr 19

2017 Rwanda Update #3

Today we hit the ground running with Dr. Steve Tracy, MTS Founder and President, teaching on the value and dignity of women. It is a crucial topic to present in any country, especially when one is training pastors and leaders. After covering the biblical account of the balanced relationship of man and woman before The […]

Apr 18

2017 Rwanda Update #2

Easter Sunday and Training Day #1 We had the opportunity to enjoy our Easter service at an African New Life church in Bugesera, Rwanda. After introducing the team, they invited one of us to share our testimony and in doing so, they told the church members of the redemptive work of Jesus in the midst […]

Apr 16

2017 Rwanda Update #1

The Mending the Soul (MTS) training team of nine have all arrived in Kigali, Rwanda. The team members are comprised of several individuals from Phoenix AZ; one from Wisconsin; a missionary from Tanzania; the MTS Great Lakes Regional Director from Uganda, Jumah Patrick; and Dr. Steve Tracy, MTS cofounder. Since we landed, we have spent […]

Apr 12

Africa 2017 Schedule

2017 Mending the Soul Africa ministry teams schedule Rwanda team: Shanell Bender Kim Brownsberger Kurt Brownsberger Jumah Patrick Nora Poling; Roxie Thorstad Steve Tracy Mark Ward Heather Webb Congo team: James Druzdzel Ethie Gebeyehu Leah Miller Jumah Patrick Nora Poling; Sebastian Rogers Gail Schuknecht Celestia Tracy Steve Tracy Trip schedule: April 12-13 Rwanda team travels […]