Resources Bring Comfort to Ukraine’s War-Traumatized Children
Posted in: International
As a ministry that serves around the world, we have discovered that trauma often touches more than the military member. We are privileged with great “Christ-opportunities” to impact the lives of not only the military members with the Good News, but we see God move in some spectacular ways.
Our Ukrainian staff and volunteer team recently hosted an outreach to spouses and children affected by the trauma in the war-torn nation of Ukraine. During this time, they had the opportunity to share some of our combat trauma resources for children. The age appropriate series of three books is specifically written for children to understand the effects of combat trauma stress in their own homes. During this outreach, about 500 people heard the Good News of the Savior, received a bracelet which helps illustrate the story of salvation (THE FOUR) as a gift and were encouraged to retell this story of salvation to others.
One eight-year-old stood and listened to the telling the story of our salvation by the bracelet. His father was the first soldier killed in the Ukrainian war. One of our volunteers later saw this same young man with a bundle of bracelets using the same salvation story with other children sharing what he had heard. Now THAT is a multiplying disciple! Ministering to those affected by combat trauma is not an end in and of itself. We are honored to enter this sacred space as a means to minister the healing all can find in a relationship with a Savior who,
“…comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)