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Bandaging Broken Hearts

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Isaiah 61:1

IMG_2222Binding up the broken-hearted – the root word for binding also means bandage.  We often bandage the exterior wounds in our society, but neglect the interior that is desperately sick. By digging to find the root causes of these wounds, we discover broken hearts in need of healing. And this is what we see in Rwanda. Failing grades, poverty and other issues are merely symptoms of deep trauma that has not been healed.

The emotions run deep. People in the stadium screamed and some were taken to the hospital during the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi. Nineteen year olds, who were still in their mother’s womb in 1994, were born with post traumatic stress disorder (PSD). The trauma, although 20 years ago, is still like yesterday to many.

“The younger self becomes locked in time. They have no idea that the trauma was 20 years ago,” said Cathy Thorpe MA, a trained LifeSpan Integration Therapist who travels worldwide to train therapists in trauma therapy.

IMG_2208Due to the need in Rwanda, Cathy came to teach trauma therapy for the first time to non-professionals. She came with a team including Corky Morse and John and Robin Vendelin. Nearly fifty came to this 2-day training, including pastors and various ministry workers, to learn effective techniques. They had hands-on training, counseling each other in small groups utilizing the tools presented.

Tears were shed, but laughter came as the group bonded in a unique way as they shared intimate details about traumas that still weigh heavy on their hearts.

Trauma therapy takes hard work, a compassionate heart, and sacrifice to comfort those who have endured much loss and suffering. We are thankful to the Lord Jesus for sending Cathy, Corky, John and Robin to Rwanda to “bandage” broken hearts.