Afghanistan is hurting...

Refugees are streaming into a city nearby. You probably haven’t heard about it. Maybe you saw a few headlines and felt like there was something you could do, but after a while… there were no more headlines. The refugees remain. The body of Christ is God's instrument to receive refugees in the midst of tragedy and pain. As the Body, we must respond quickly, comprehensively, responsibly, and compassionately. We respond in a way that gives an appropriate trauma response from day one, followed by on-going healing conversations, and eventually leading to multiplying, on-going healing groups that meet together around God’s Word. Join MultiplyingHope as it seeks to address the emotional needs of new refugees.

“But I’m not qualified or equipped!”

 

MultiplyingHope is confident that all believers have what they need from God to walk alongside those who are hurting.

Will you step out in faith to journey with someone?

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This training does not replace professional mental health care. Many refugees may need professional care, and we seek to help identify and refer those who need it to the appropriate care.

MultiplyingHope is partnering with SRV to bring this training to you and others around the world. Your gift

  • enables MultiplyingHope facilitators to facilitate the four phases of the Afghan Response training below, traveling to training sites in major US cities, Europe and Asia. 

  • facilitates on-going projects of continued healing group development, resource development, and leadership training in areas of the world where Afghan refugees arrive and remain long-term.
     

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Phase 1

New refugees are not ready for traditional healing groups that ask them to share their past pain. They need community building and survival tools for their transitional situation.

Join us for 4 sessions (1 hour each) to learn how to assess trauma healing needs in your community, have “healing conversations” and initially receive the refugees coming into your area. 

Healing Conversations

A conversation in a 3-part structure that builds 1) community and trust, 2) points people to God, and 3) encourages them to help each other. Healing conversations consist of…

  • How to listen well

  • Initial trauma healing tools for the first conversations

  • A Bible story that encourages people from any faith background and points them to the God who is with us.

  • Encouraging refugees to share the healing encouragement they are receiving.

Phase 2

Learn an initial healing group curriculum—4 sessions of 2 hours each.

Based on the story of a prophet from the Old Testament, this healing group curriculum gathers small groups of refugees (4-6 people) around the story of the prophet's suffering and revelation from God. Again based on a 3-part structure, this curriculum includes more listening skills and some basic coping tools for new refugees. Because of the highly reproducible 3-part structure, refugees themselves can facilitate groups or share the Bibles stories as they participate in the initial group.

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Phase 3

Learn the full New Hope trauma healing curriculum—7 sessions of 2 ½ hours each.

Phase 4

Coaching and consultation in how to engage refugees in on-going healing communities.

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As we learn more about Afghan refugees and their unique struggle, we will push helpful tips and ongoing statistics to this page. If you want to be consistently updated by trained facilitators, sign up for a Training Community and opt-in to email subscriptions.

Participants can choose to attend just the first phase, or go all the way through to the 4th phase of training. Each phase includes individual weekly follow up for the church, individual or organization involved in receiving the refugees. More tools exist to help new refugees, and MultiplyingHope facilitators can help you implement and find them based on your context.

PHASE 1 TRAINING COMMUNITY DATES

Training Community 1: Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 8, 13, 15 // 10am EST
Training Community 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 7, 9, 14, 16 // 8pm EST
Training Community 3: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 21, 23, 28, 30//10am EST
Training Community 4: Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 11, 13, 18, 20 // 10am EST
More dates coming soon! Sign up below to be on the waiting list.

*All photos from Unsplash/Pexels/Shutterstock under license

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