Trauma Healing

The Bible Society of the South Pacific is privileged to play a pivotal role this year in the establishment and continued development of the Trauma Healing ministry in Fiji and other Pacific countries. This has been made possible through the encouragement of the General Secretary, Mr Solomone Duru, who saw the need for this ministry in the Pacific and particularly the translation of its material into the core languages in Fiji. The three Trauma Healing training workshops that were achieved so far within a span of six weeks (9th July to 13th August) is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and provision. The partnerships with the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute, the Seed Company, other donors, and those who helped facilitate the seminars are greatly acknowledged as well.

Group Discussion and reflection

1) Trauma Healing Workshop with Rev Wesley Neal (9/7/15 – 13/8/15)

Reverend Wesley Neal, a Lecturer at the Davuilevu Theological College in Nausori facilitated the first Trauma Healing seminar for the Bible Society Staff. The invitation was extended to other Church leaders and/or counsellors who met every Thursdays between 2-4pm at Yarawa Wesley Church for six consecutive weeks. Assisting Rev Wesley during the first 3 weeks was Rev Saiasi Kawa whose also from the Davuilevu Theological College. The seminar was successfully completed on Thursday 13th August and the challenge given to every participant to conduct a small healing group in their church or community in the near future.

Final List of Participants who completed the Training on 13/8/15

1. Ledua Turaganivalu  Bible Society of the South Pacific
2. Mere Katonivere BSSP
3. Vilomena Dautei BSSP
4. Viniana Koroi BSSP
5. Marika Waqanivalu BSSP
6. Apenisa Lewatoro BSSP
7. Tevita Lala Raiwaqa Methodist Church
8. Jone Cama Nasinu Wesley Church
9. Iva Teilai Nadera Methodist
10. Josese Laliqavoka Raiwaqa Methodist
11. Tara Qicatabua Yarawa Wesley
12. Lydia Veikauyaki Pacific Harbour Wesley Church
13. Kesaia Vilsoni NasinuWesley
14. Taniela Qeleni Pacific Students for Christ
15. Ruth Newton Yarawa Wesley
16. Ross RoundsYWCA
17. Kinisimere Waqa YWCA
18. Deaconess Litiana Dau Deaconess Training Centre
19. Titilia Tonawai Samabula
20. Fr. Mataiasi Cokanasiga Anglican Church
21. Litia Nainoka Methodist
22. Ps. Aporosa Rageci Baptist Church/ Horeb Fellowship
23. Ps. Sisa Tikoimakogai Baptist Church – Kinoya
24. Avisake Tukana Yarawa Wesley Church
25. Rev. Maraia Ryland Nasenaivalu MCF Hospital (CWM) Chaplain
26. Varea Rika Salvation Army
27. Thais Bott Salvation Army
28. Asela Naisara Catholic Mission
29. Ana Latu Dickson PTC
30. Sister Doreen Aiwaia PTC
31. Deaconess Lesila Raitiqa Dudley Methodist Church
32. Joseva Seru Faith Christian Fellowship
33. Kitione Sikivou Mt. Carmel International
34. Siteri Tagivetaua Raiwaqa Methodist Church
35. Jone Kataiwai Wesley City Mission (Butt Street, Suva)

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2) Trauma Healing Translation Workshop

Front (Left-Right): Sapeta (Rotuman), Urmila Prasad (Fiji Hindi), Pam Daams (facilitator), Irene Narayan (Fiji Hindi); Susie Aropio (Rotuman) Back (Left-Right): Meli Bavata(Koronubu-Ba), Tuma (Fijian itaukei), Neco Daams (co-facilitator), Tevita Lala (Fijian itaukei), Apenisa (coordinator)

A weeklong of Trauma Healing workshop was facilitated by Pam Daams (and husband Neco Daams) on 20-24 July, 2015. At the end of the healing group sessions each morning, what followed was the translation of the booklet, “Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How can the Church Help” into the three major languages spoken in Fiji (Fiji-Hindi, Rotuman, Fijian itaukei) and a western Fiji dialect (Koronubu – Ba). We thank the Seed Companyfor helping sponsor this event and also taking care of the facilitators travel and accommodation costs.
At the end of the workshop, the translation teams were given two weeks to complete their first draft. To date, we have received the Fiji saral Hindi draft translation of the Trauma Healing core studies (5 Lessons) and the itaukei draft with a lesson yet to be completed. The Rotuman translators have asked for extension and will submit their translation draft by next week.


Solomon Islands welcomes first Bible Comics in local languages

May 14, 2014 / Author: Communications
10-year-old Timmy enjoys reading a Bible Comic in his language, Arosi.

10-year-old Timmy enjoys reading a Bible Comic in his language, Arosi.

Solomon Islands is a country of great linguistic diversity but with little or no literature available in many of its 70 living languages. That’s why adults and children alike are delighted at the arrival of the first Bible Comics in 14 languages.The comics, which tell the story of Abraham, are available in the lingua franca, Pijin, spoken by around 332,000 Solomon Islanders, as well as in Arosi, Bilua, Bughotu, Cheke Holo, Gela, Gao, Kwaio, Lengo, Roviana, Sa’a, Simbo,  Ulawa and Zabana.

“It has been wonderful to see children of different languages enjoying the comics,” notes Ledua Turaganivalu of the Bible Society in the South Pacific. “They told our team that although they thought their language was important, they couldn’t read it very well because they’ve had nothing to practise with. These comics will help them get familiar with the written form of their own languages.

Not just children

“And it’s not just children who are happy with the comics – the adults in the villages are also enjoying them. It is helping them to realise that God loves them and that their language is important.”

The comics are being distributed on various different islands by churches and other partners. SIL has been actively involved in distributing the comics alongside relief materials in the wake ofthe worst flooding in the country’s history in April. Twenty-two people died, and the homes and livelihoods of around 50,000 were destroyed. Thousands of people are still in emergency shelters.

Badly affected

“Arosi was very badly affected, so we sent rice and supplies in the first week after the floods hit,” notes Debbie Conwell of SIL. “We included a batch of Bible Comics in the Arosi language. Many other areas, including Bilua and Gao have also been very badly affected and there is going to be a food shortage for some time.”

Please pray for the people of Solomon Islands as they recover from the flooding, and that these Bible Comics will bless them.

The Bible Comics were translated and published as a joint project by the Bible Society in the South Pacific, the Bible Translation and Literacy Partnership and the Solomon Island Translation Advisory Group.

Some of the people who were involved in the translation of the Bible Comics.

The arrival of the Bible Comics was a happy moment for those involved in the translation work.

Aid delivered to Nepal as second quake hits

Author: Grace Smith, 12 May 2015 (Last updated: 14 May 2015)

A second major earthquake recently struck Nepal, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 1,000, though these numbers are likely to rise.

The earthquake, which was 7.3 on the Richter scale, hit the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest.

It comes just two weeks after a previous earthquake hit the country, killing more than 8,000 people.

With widespread damage to homes and buildings, tremors continue to be felt both in Kathmandu and around the country.

Many temporary shelters have now been cut off and with most communication channels still down, it is hard to evaluate the full scale of destruction.

An early start to the monsoon is hampering relief efforts. The first earthquake destroyed sewers and pipes leaving water supplies contaminated. Whole communities are now homeless and in desperate need of basic supplies.

So far, some £80,000 has been pledged from Bible Societies around the world, including £20,000 from the UK.

The local team has started to put together aid packs that include mosquito nets, medicine, food, blankets and scripture portions.

David Smith, Head of Bible Society’s International Programme, said, ‘When we learned of the first massive earthquake in Nepal a couple of weeks ago, we knew that our Bible Society colleagues in Kathmandu would be looking to help their country, and so that we had to do something to support them.

‘Bible Society is responding to provide physical and spiritual nourishment to the people of Nepal. Now that the second earthquake has hit, we’re waiting to see what we can do to stand in solidarity with them. In the meantime, please pray.’

Nobody in the Bible Society team has been killed in the two earthquakes, but the building is badly damaged and there are fears of a third quake.

General Secretary of the Nepal Bible Society, Tej Jirel, said, ‘Many thanks for your continued efforts to help us and for your prayers. There has been lots of damage.’

Arun Sok Nhep, United Bible Society spokesman for South East Asia added, ‘Following the first earthquake, many International agencies on the ground are bringing emergency relief to Kathmandu and the worst affected locations. However, smaller remote communities remain out of reach.

‘Our response is one of solidarity and compassion. The initial quake hit with such impact, it is impossible to bring help to all affected. However, we aim to supplement and help where we can. Through a big network of churches throughout cities, towns and villages, we aim to reach those unattainable by emergency relief.’

Pray

  • for the safety of the Bible Society team in Nepal
  • that the relief effort would meet the needs of the people
  • that the Bible would play a part in restoring the nation

Please donate to our Nepal appeal


Prayer for Nepal

April 27, 2015 / Author: Andrea Rhodes
Prayer for Nepal

 

Please join us in praying for the people of Nepal at this time of national tragedy. Nepal’s Prime Minister says that the death toll from the earthquake on 25 April could be as high as 10,000. Our Bible Society there, which works closely with local churches across the country, is planning to assist the relief effort and provide replacement Bibles and New Testaments for Christians who have lost everything. They are also hoping to distribute Scripture leaflets containing Bible verses that can help people affected by trauma.

Pray through the following prayer with us:

Father God, we cry out for Nepal. So many people have lost loved ones, so many are afraid and in despair. Lives have been devastated, along with buildings. Father we pray for your comfort for the bereaved, for your strength for the despairing. Please be with the rescue teams as they search for survivors. And move the hearts of people all over the world to send what help they can. Amen.