Trauma is the response to an intense event that threatens or causes harm to an individual. These events include but are not limited to natural disasters, violence, abuse, loss of a job, rape, or death. Trauma affects the behavioral, emotional, and physical well being of children and it can also have a lasting effect on their brain development.
We admit that we cannot outrun our past and so our traumas must be addressed. If ignored, somehow, trauma finds a way to be heard. It can cause us to feel untrusting in love, pull away from a connection, or overreacting to any small trigger that reminds us of the past. Healing is not just about acknowledging our pain but in teaching the nervous system how to feel safe again after a traumatic experience. No matter how long ago, or where we are in the journey, healing is possible.
We seek to help children who have undergone trauma in their lives to find healing by taking them through our Biblical Children’s trauma healing programme.
As part of its holistic approach to the community, the Bible Society of Kenya conducted an equipping session for the caregivers and teachers, and an equipping session for Children Facilitators, and a Children’s Healing Camp at the Dreams Children Home at Ngong in Kajiado County from the 16th to 25th September 2020. The recipients of the programme confessed that they had received healing from their hurts.
The climax of these equipping and healing sessions was taking of the pain to the cross-session where participants wrote their pains on pieces of paper and burnt them at the foot of the Cross as a symbol of releasing their burdens to Jesus and receiving healing in return.
Here are some testimonies from participants
I have been impacted by this trauma healing programme. I have received answers to some of the questions I have grappled with in life. I will use the knowledge received to help the people I serve in school, scouting, and Church. Patrick Muhambe, Classic trauma healing participant.
It was difficult for me to forgive. Through this training, I have learned the importance of forgiveness and I have forgiven all who have wronged me. I thank the Bible Society of Kenya for teaching us the Word of God and how to deal with trauma. Amos Ochoki, a participant from Dream Children’s Home
I have learned that I am important to God despite the abuse I have gone through in the past. Now I know that God is my friend hence I will not fear anything. I am glad I attended this training by the Bible Society of Kenya. Nate Nyambura, a participant from Dream Children’s Home.