Children trauma healing and camp 2018

Bible Society Lebanon hosted and organized a Children’s Trauma Healing training and camp from 15 to 23 February in which Bible Societies of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq invited individuals from different churches and NGOs in each country with the aim to train those working with children on this Bible-based trauma healing program.

The program is presented in partnership with the American Bible Society (ABS). The trainers, Dr. Margi McCombs, the Director of Children and teen Trauma Healing at ABS along with Frank Dimmok, certified Master Facilitator in the Trauma Healing Institute, shared with the trainees how the program assist them to deal and help those who have been through abuse and trauma, especially refugees. This interactive program attains the healing process through the Word of God using Bible stories, scripture engagement and creative games.
Thirty participants from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq completed the training and were certified as Apprentice Facilitators which allows them to apply for this program with children in their communities.

After completing the three-day classroom training, the participants shared a five-day camp in collaboration with Kids Alive refugee school kids. For 5 days, 56 kids came together and shared their stories and experiences each in their own group. The kids had a lovely time, learning about characters in the Bible and relating their stories to them. The best part were the games and self-expressive activities, and most importantly the closing ceremony in which they shared what they had learned with their parents. Each group presented what they learned in the past 5 days through sketches, hymns or bible verse presentations. It was amazing to see how much they absorbed in just a small amount of time.

The Bible Society’s vision is to holistically meet the needs of communities through the transforming Word of God. As a Christian inter-confessional, ecumenical, non-profit organization, it works to spread the Holy Bible’s message and culture to all generations through translating, publishing, and distributing the Scriptures using visual, audio-visual, readable, and digital formats, encouraging people to read and engage with God’s Word, advocating the Bible cause to uphold human dignity, and partnering with all Churches and Christian institutions.

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