The year is 1989. The place: Liberia. And the scene, civil war.
“We were all small children at the time,” says T. Abraham Browne. “The president was killed and there was rebels and all of that.”
“And so we had to flee for our life to go into the refugee camp.”
No child wants to be forced from home, let alone because their family’s lives are at stake. Without choice and without knowing what it would mean for his future, Abraham became a child refugee for 10 straight years. Years after the war concluded, disease appeared, inciting more fear than the war had.
A deadly enemy
“Ebola was an unseen enemy,”
he says. “We didn’t know what was happening. It was just by touch, and then you were infected, and then that was it.”
Parents lost children, and children became orphans. Abraham lost his younger sister.
“Her eyes were swollen and all of that,” he recalls. When she passed,
“it was the most difficult part of our lives.”
Having endured two major traumas in his young life—being a refugee and the invisible attack of disease—Abraham decided to put the past behind him. He determined to make a better life possible for his children.
But trauma is relentless. It comes with weight, and Abraham soon discovered he couldn’t lift it on his own.
He just couldn’t make the past vanish.
Release through Trauma Healing
When SIM partnered with the Evangelical Church of Liberia to offer its Trauma Healing program, Abraham didn’t know what to expect.
“When I came to the Trauma Healing, there was a day for taking our pain to the cross and explaining in your heart what you went through,” he says.
“I stood there. Tears came to my eyes, and it was like you have something on your head and it’s being removed. I believe I was de-traumatized at the first phase of the training.”
SIM’s Trauma Healing ministry uses integrated biblical and mental health principles to care for victims of trauma in their communities. With a vision to see the hurting overcome the pain of the past and experience true healing in Jesus Christ, the program is succeeding one life at a time in the 20 countries it is currently active.
Today Abraham smiles as a new man.
“I just want to say thank you,”
he says. “Because it made me and other people a new person—that we are able to withstand difficult circumstances.”
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages…proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” (Matthew 9:35, NIV)
Thank you for partnering in God’s work as together we see Him bring true healing to victims of trauma.
Join us in prayer:
- PRAY for T. Abraham Browne, that he continue walking in victory today, free in Jesus Christ from the pain of his traumatic past.
- PRAY for SIM’s Trauma Healing program, that it would flourish in the 16 countries where it is currently operating, and that God would open doors and provide funding to establish the program where we sense Him leading.
- PRAY that the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3) will bring those suffering from trauma to our Trauma Healing groups, that they will find true healing in Him.
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