Healing the Wounds of Trauma in the Pacific

Trauma healing

Project Summary-Running from Jan 2018 to Dec 2018

Bible-based Trauma Healing is probably the greatest need in Fiji and the South Pacific today. Many people in Fiji and Vanuatu are still experiencing so many traumas after the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam (Category 5) that hit Vanuatu in 2015 and Tropical Cyclone Winston (also Category 5) that hit Fiji in February 2016. Apart from natural disasters that continually affect the Pacific island nations such as floods, tsunamis, landslides, etc., many other crisis that lead to trauma are on the rife including domestic violence, rape, physical and sexual abuse, addictions, suicide, and racial/religious tensions. In attempting to address such a gigantic need, the Bible Society of the South Pacific has lately adopted the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Program with the use of the book, “Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help” to help heal the wounds of the hearts of people beginning in Fiji. However, the funding for this program in Fiji ends by December 2017; hence BSSP is quickly submitting this new Project Proposal with the hope to get the much needed funds to continue this very important work and ministry in Fiji and extending the work in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Some Healing Groups and translation of materials into a handful of other Pacific languages has also begun. This project will look into the facilitation of Healing Groups, the training of the trainers, and the translation of the Trauma Healing materials into the various languages in the Pacific.

Project Goal

To build and strengthen relationships with the churches and communities through this Bible based Trauma Healing project throughout the South Pacific
To help find healing for people who have suffered tremendously from ongoing trauma based on the effects of natural disasters and other terrible causes of trauma in Fiji and the South Pacific.
To help build a strong team of Facilitators from all key Churches and Christian Ministries who can truly maximise the use of the Trauma Healing resources available.
To make the TH materials available in the language of the South Pacific people through translation and adaptation.

Project goal’s relationship to overall bible society strategy

The Bible Society of the South Pacific is privileged to play a pivotal role in 2015 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.

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,Fiji 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.