Delhi or Oklahoma:Helping Children Process Trauma

Love in action: This is what we’re witnessing in Moore, Oklahoma. The outpouring of help in the wake of this tornado is something we expect of our fellow citizens, and yet it never fails to provide hope to those of us standing in the wings.

While it’s necessary to meet the physical needs of those impacted by this storm, we’re also concerned with the emotional, spiritual, and mental fallout. At Global Mission at David C Cook, we invest in the inner lives of children, the portion in desperate need of soul care. We cling to the Scripture

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Luke 12:23 (NIV)

The children we focus on live in developing countries, and are caught in the crossfire of war, civil unrest, disease, natural disasters, persecution, grinding poverty, and suicide. They face wounds so deep no man can touch them… situations so complicated even adults strive to comprehend them.

Using the latest in trauma research and best teaching practices, Global Mission developed an entire whole life discipleship program for children facing extreme circumstances – or who are vulnerable to trauma. The goal is to equip local indigenous churches to do the heavy lifting themselves in their own communities.

We realize shock, chaos, and blinding grief in Moore, Oklahoma leaves hearts in the balance. Out of respect to the victims, we’re sensitive not to “capitalize” on the tragedy. At the same time we know we have the ability to come alongside moms and dads grasping to explain this kind of suffering to little ones.

With that in mind, we’re offering our trauma program curriculum titled Helping Communities Heal to anyone parenting children – and any adults who love kids. It’s an activity designed with two purposes: 1) To help children trust God in confusing times; and 2) To give the Holy Spirit room to teach kids to replace fear with peace.

The Global Mission staff and all of David C Cook join in prayer with believers from across the country for the families devastated by this natural disaster. It’s hard to wrap our minds around such an event. At the same time, we trust in the Lord’s supreme goodness, and we know His heart grieves with those that are suffering. May the peace of Jesus be with you and your loved ones.

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