People often associate the word “trauma” with war, natural disaster, or similar events of massive scale. However, according to a government agency supporting trauma recovery in U.S. youth and adults, 61% of men and 51% of women report at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.
Nearly a third of adults who sought professional counseling in 2018 listed trauma as the contributing factor, Barna Research reports. More than 1,000 people responded to Barna’s survey, both believers and non-Christians. Only three-percent found a counselor through their church, and four-percent sought professional counseling because their pastor recommended it.
Amy Fields works with Wycliffe USA and SIL International to teach communities about Bible-based trauma healing. She says U.S. leaders often fail to realize churchgoers’ pain.
“I read recently that only one in 20 churches has a program that specifically addresses trauma… and, the ironic thing is that people tend to grow most spiritually when they’re going through a crisis,” Fields states.
“[The issue] really does need to be addressed by the American Church.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth