Over the past year, despite the chaos of Covid, at least 13 trauma healing workshops were held in a region of Southeast Asia encompassed by Wycliffe Canada's Kinsha* project. About 3,500 trauma healing books were printed and distributed and nearly 200 people have been trained and equipped to help their communities.
“By attending this workshop,” said one young man at a drug rehab centre, ”I am able to let go of heavy loads I have been carrying and I feel free. During one lesson we wrote down our pain and hurt done by others and to others. I was able to express what I could not even express to my close friends. After that I was able to submit them to God through prayer and praise.”
In a mountain village, God used a trauma healing workshop to profoundly touch a young Kinsha woman who had been abused by her father.
“He used to beat me and my mom with whatever he could catch hold of—a stick, a bucket, even a knife,” she says. “Even though I have a father, I never felt like he was my father. Instead I hated him so much. But during this workshop, I was able to pour out those pains, bitterness and fear, both to God and to friends.
“When we burnt all those [painful] things we had written on the paper, I truly felt the firm touch and healing hand of God.”
*Pseudonym used due to political or religious sensitivity