This past month we hosted a week of Trauma Healing training with our ARC staff under the leadership of our dear friend Frances Swaray. This has long been something that we've wanted to do with our staff as many of them, like most Liberians we know, have experienced deep levels of trauma and pain as a result of the war, Ebola crisis, poverty, and sometimes even the church and the culture in general. During the Trauma Healing workshop we studied topics such as:
-If God loves us, why do we suffer?
-How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?
-What happens when someone is grieving and why is it important?
-What does it mean to take our pain to the cross?
-How can we truly forgive others and how does that in turn free us?
Often times in this culture there is not a big emphasis placed on emotions and dealing with these emotions in a healthy way. Most times, these traumas and emotions are buried deep down for years and years. Additionally, there is a lot of false teaching as it relates to the prosperity gospel, making many people to truly believe that bad things only happen to people who disobey God and therefore there is a lot of shame and confusion surrounding trauma. During the workshop we were able to work through some of those misconceptions with an abundance of biblical truths found in the scriptures and our leader Frances was even able to provide us with some strategies and practices to help us process these emotions and thoughts in the future.
We thank God for the teaching and we pray that he would help us and our staff to remember the love that He has for us His children, especially when we are brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). We pray this message is something that is spread into their churches and in and around Ganta, we pray for healing, forgiveness, freedom, understanding, and rich relationships among families, churches, communities, and most of all with our God <3