Trauma Healing for Refugees

Develop trauma healing groups and care centers that help people who have lived through horrific wartime circumstances to find healing from trauma and salvation through Christ.

Nearly continuous violence and conflict for over two generations have led millions of Middle Eastern people to experience multiple traumatic events. Because of these experiences, many people continue to suffer from debilitating symptoms of mental illness, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These symptoms not only affect a person’s daily life and impair their ability to function; they hinder the person’s ability to hear the gospel. In Exodus 6:9, God’s chosen people are not able to hear from God because of their discouragement. Many times, the trauma people have experienced prevents them from even hearing this message of hope. A team of long-term workers has developed a Trauma Healing Ministry to help people to find eternal healing and comfort through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your gift will enable the team of long-term workers and their national partners to start trauma healing groups in internally displaced people (IDP) camps and local neighborhoods. In the same way that Jesus physically healed people, the Trauma Healing Ministry helps people find healing from past traumas, introduces them to the Savior who offers complete healing and enables them to find a purpose for their lives. The ministry equips and empowers people who have received comfort from God to comfort others by forming authentic, reproducing communities that promote emotional and spiritual healing.

The program is biblically based, contains reputable psychological interventions, and can be reproduced by nationals as they take ownership of the ministry and adapt the materials for their context. The materials are being used in dozens of locations worldwide, including one set of materials developed specifically for the Middle East. Through the Trauma Healing Ministry, thousands of people have already experienced healing from past trauma, and hundreds of people have come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

Nearly continuous violence and conflict for over two generations have led millions of Middle Eastern people to experience multiple traumatic events. Because of these experiences, many people continue to suffer from debilitating symptoms of mental illness, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These symptoms not only affect a person’s daily life and impair their ability to function; they hinder the person’s ability to hear the gospel. In Exodus 6:9, God’s chosen people are not able to hear from God because of their discouragement. Many times, the trauma people have experienced prevents them from even hearing this message of hope. A team of long-term workers has developed a Trauma Healing Ministry to help people to find eternal healing and comfort through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your gift will enable the team of long-term workers and their national partners to start trauma healing groups in internally displaced people (IDP) camps and local neighborhoods. In the same way that Jesus physically healed people, the Trauma Healing Ministry helps people find healing from past traumas, introduces them to the Savior who offers complete healing and enables them to find a purpose for their lives. The ministry equips and empowers people who have received comfort from God to comfort others by forming authentic, reproducing communities that promote emotional and spiritual healing.

The program is biblically based, contains reputable psychological interventions, and can be reproduced by nationals as they take ownership of the ministry and adapt the materials for their context. The materials are being used in dozens of locations worldwide, including one set of materials developed specifically for the Middle East. Through the Trauma Healing Ministry, thousands of people have already experienced healing from past trauma, and hundreds of people have come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

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Food bag for refugee
$25
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2 visits to mental health program
$50
pays for 1 refugee
Trauma Healing Training program
$100
provides for 1 leader
Mental health program costs
$2500
covers 1 month
Mental health program costs
$30000
pays for 1 year

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Monday, October 11, 2021

“Come and Help Us!”

Many people in the Bible were doing ordinary, everyday things when God called them to serve Him in a special way. Is God calling you? Could He be leading you to serve Him among the peoples of Northern Africa and the Middle East? View the video.

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North African and Middle Eastern Peoples

North Africa and the Middle East is consistently thrust into the international news as it develops into one of the world’s most enigmatic-but-influential global regions. Vast economic development typifies its urban centers, offering creative business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Religious life permeates every society here, whether its residents are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. Though Christianity began in this cradle of civilization, it is sometimes difficult to know if the church exists. Cities that birthed the gospel now house ornate mosques, temples, and skyscrapers. Thankfully, the church is experiencing a captivating resurgence among this region's 520 unengaged and unreached people groups.

Millions of refugees live here, displaced by war, famine, oppression, or poverty. Many are open to the gospel, seeking an anchor amid the upheaval of their lives. Pray for Christian workers as they share the hope of the gospel during this unprecedented spiritual openness.

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