We all experience storms in life, literally and figuratively. And, everyone handles “storms” differently. This is true for children as well. Lately, many have suffered from horrific natural disasters – hurricanes, floods, wild fires, earthquakes. It is during times like this that we adults can become very busy in dealing with the aftermath of the disaster, that we may overlook the needs of the children who are also dealing with the same event.
It has been beautiful to see the Body of Christ come together from all over the world to link arms in bringing help, healing and wholeness to our communities. As we continue to do this, almost all of us will come in contact with families with children in some way. Walking kids through a traumatic event, like these recent natural disasters, can be very complex and not every adult will know what to do or say. It can feel overwhelming for a parent, teacher, ministry leader, or any adult dealing with children in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Thankfully, there are experts in this field and proven strategies to help navigate these conversations.
A friend in ministry, Back2Back Ministries, put together a short video entitled, “Healing Principles for Working with Children in Trauma.” It is about 18 minutes in length, and discusses research and best practices to working with children who have experienced a traumatic event. It is such a powerful, equipping tool, and we wanted to make this resource available to you to use with your community as well.
The video ends with a great reminder to all of us – the caregivers, ministry leaders, counselors, family members, and friends – that we need to take the time to care for ourselves as well to rest and be filled up, so we can continue to pour out. The Church has a long road ahead and you are a vital part.
The good news is that the sun always shines after the storm.
Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face significant challenges to their health and well-being that are unique due to lack of necessary resources including food, water, sanitation, shelter, security, and healthcare. Caring for people in these situations requires an understanding of their unique needs as well as having realistic goals regarding what can and cannot be done for them.
Recent experiences in providing healthcare for the victims of disasters in Nepal, Kurdistan, and Turkey – both natural and manmade – highlight the need to be well prepared when serving in these difficult situations. In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Mitch Duininck, President and CEO of In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, will discuss team selection and preparation; travel and logistics issues; identifying and addressing the needs of the people being served, including physical, psychological, and spiritual needs; partnering with other relief organizations and local authorities; and returning home successfully.
We are called to serve “the least of these,” and the victims of disasters and crises certainly qualify. Often these events, though causing much hardship and suffering, create the possibility for doors and hearts to be open to the message of Jesus that otherwise would be closed. We must be both willing and well prepared if we are to serve well when we are called to respond to those in need.
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You’ve got a heart to reach the world, but how do you pay for it? Travel is expensive and the needs are so great. In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Joël Malm will give practical tips to help you find creative ways to fund the call God has placed on your heart for the world.
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Russ E. White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS (ECSA) – Rapid Expansion of Opportunities in Cardiac Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa
In this session at the 2017 M3 Conference, Dr. Russ White, Chief of Surgery and Director of Medical Education at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, will look at the relative burden of cardiac disease in the developing world, and particularly the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. Most people generally think of infectious diseases and trauma-related conditions as necessarily being the priority for health care in the developing world. However, non-communicable chronic conditions represent an enormous portion of the disease burden in Sub-Saharan Africa, with surgically correctable cardiac conditions causing a disproportionately high amount of loss of life and productivity. Dr. White will discuss the opportunities which are developing within the region to begin to meet this enormous challenge. As Christian health care providers, we have a unique opportunity to bring complete healing of hearts to a large group of often forgotten people.
Click here to learn more about the work of Tenwek Hospital.