Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pastors, Youth Workers and Trauma

Do pastors and church youth leaders need to have any understanding of the lifelong impact of trauma on a person? That question was answered with a resounding yes today as we finished our third day with pastors and youth leaders.

Often called to minister to deeply hurting people, the pastors' commented today that it gave them a much greater understanding of the unique needs of their people.  More than one pastor commented that today's classes took them to their own place of hurt and pain from childhood and they realized that they have some healing work to do themselves.

Our hearts were deeply touched today by these men and women who have such a heart for wounded people - adults and children alike.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of days.

Taking a walk at has been warm here in Siberia!!!! Quite amazing

Time for lunch - Victor keeps us right on schedule.

Going over class notes before a test.

Oksana is our excellent translator and so much help.

While David was conducting the afternoon teaching session, I went with friends to a local orphanage for a program they do there weekly.
Sharing a story
Picture is a tad fuzzy - but we ended a long but great day with David sharing at the Teen Challenge chapel services last night.  This was a time to "always be ready to give the reason for the hope within you"  as he had no time to prepare when he was asked to share.

Sharing with the Teen Challenge participants.  This is always a time we regret that we cannot speak the same language.

We will finish the pastors' seminar on Friday afternoon and then head into the city for a weekend (Friday night and Saturday)  sharing with foster and adoptive parents.  Our plans for next week are still in development as the original ones were changed.

So much is happening with our LAMb  team members and friends. Visit their blogs - quite amazing     (Lynn and Ruby Johnston)    ( John and Julie Wright)

Thanks for your caring and support...

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