For many people around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic took everything. In a small Mexican town, one woman became so poor she could not pay for electricity. Her son, who lived nearby, was much less affected by the pandemic. But she had been estranged from him for a long time. Why would she ask for his help now?
This woman began to attend a MultiplyingHope healing group. Bit by bit, she began to learn the power of forgiveness in healing broken relationships as well as her own heart wounds. The program taught her that reaching out for help was an important part of her healing.
One day, she finally went to her son. Please, she asked, just let me use your refrigerator so that my food will not spoil. Her son was dumbstruck. No, he said. You have no electricity--come live with me!
The group facilitator who told this story said this: "It's been amazing to see. COVID shut down a lot of things but it did not shut down God. It wasn't anything we did, but God opened doors that were shut down before."
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During the COVID-19 Pandemic, MultiplyingHope facilitators often used video calls to connect with their groups and continue the healing process.
One group in Peru had a woman who often had trouble connecting to the group call. She would gather her children to help her connect. And every week, when she was asked if she told the previous week's Bible story to someone, she seemed to have done nothing. The facilitator was concerned. Telling the story is an important part of healing.
One day, the facilitator simply asked: "what did you do this week?" The woman began to tell him about how she had told the story to all her friends in everyday conversation. She didn't think that counted as homework--but it was exactly what she needed to do to continue healing!
"Why do we use (this process)?" the facilitator said. "Because it trickles into their lives. Sometimes they say 'I'm not doing it!', but they are."