The last two years have been astounding for those of us working with Trauma Healing in Scotland. Although aware of the need for a Bible-based resource churches can use to help the broken-hearted, we could not have anticipated the volume of people seeking Facilitator Training, going on to run and attend Trauma Healing groups.
We are thankful to God for the blessing this resource is bringing to so many. The following is Jenni’s story, taken from the Autumn issue of our magazine, Transform, which you can read in full here.
The first article began “How can people recover from traumatic experiences? Can the Bible help?” My immediate thought was, “Yes!” My family were recovering from our own trauma due to mental health issues where the Bible and prayer had kept us all going during a difficult time and I had witnessed my own family members come to faith in Christ.
When I read that the Trauma Healing programme was being launched in Scotland, I decided to pray about this specifically and took it to my prayer group as a “mission” prayer request.
I continued to read the updates in SBS magazines, noting the work in Iraq and Scotland.
Not knowing what to expect, I signed up for a local course. I guess I thought it would be more about prayer and Bible study, but discovered it was very interactive and took me right out of my comfort zone! Although it was challenging for me, both socially and emotionally, I’m thankful for the people I met there, the interactions and sharing we had and the opportunity to pray for each other.
You felt you could just be you. There was no need to put on a face or pretend everything is fine. It felt like you had permission to be real and authentic with your feelings and with others. It was okay to cry. Yet nothing felt negative or self-pitying.
The verses used were particularly helpful as we reflected on Christ’s compassion and empathy, how he cares for us. I would highly recommend the course to anyone facing difficulties and challenges, coping with sadness or the after-effects of trauma in their own life or in the lives of family and friends.