Healing the Wounds of Trauma

A Way to Help People Who’ve Experienced Intense Trauma

A Scripture-Use Approach

People who have experienced trauma—natural disasters, shootings, wars, human trafficking, sexual abuse, and other traumatizing events—often feel abandoned by God.

A Bible-based way to help these traumatized people heal is now available to RCA churches. 

This trauma-healing workshop has been effective with people in North America and around the world. Taught by RCA missionary Pat Miersma, and based on a book she helped write called Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help, the workshop addresses topics like:

  • If God loves us, why do we suffer?
  • How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?
  • What happens when someone is grieving?
  • How can we forgive others?
  • Taking your pain to the cross

The workshop also addresses helping traumatized children, women who have been raped, HIV/AIDS communities, overloaded caregivers, Christians living in the midst of ongoing conflict, and preparing for future crises.

Healing the Wounds of Trauma presents a whole-person approach that engages heart, soul, mind, body, and relationships. It includes interactive exercises like small group discussions, writing laments, reading stories, skits, music, and prayer.

Workshops are free (the sponsoring church pays Pat Miersma’s travel costs). If you would like to learn more, please email pat_miersma@sil.org.

 “The trauma of this world is one of the primary mission fields of the 21st century.”
—Dr. Diane Langberg, executive board chair, American Association of Christian Counselors; co-chair, Global Trauma Recovery Institute

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your Word.”
—Psalm 119:28, NIV

 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
—Psalm 34:18, NIV

See the difference that trauma healing ministry is making around the world: