NEWS & NOTES
This week’s note is from Michelle Thompson, who serves as the Director of Student Ministries at Reborn Community Church, which she helped found 13 years ago. Michelle has worked with children and youth in inner cities for over 20 years. She is a foster and adopted mom of five children and serves as a safe family. She has a social work background and is a trained TBRI counselor.
I remember it so well. Our foster son had been with our family for a few months, and I was already frazzled, confused, hurt and guilty at my lack of understanding his needs. His rage terrified me. His words wounded me. His behaviors baffled me. My attempts to connect were met with a wall of rejection. My discipline and consequences fell on deaf ears and drove the wedge between us deeper. I was hopeless.
How could such a God-given desire to open our home and love hurting children end in such a desperate and dejected place? It was from this place of desperation that I prayed for answers, solutions and wisdom.
God responded with a guided YouTube keyword search that lead me right to Trust Based Relational Intervention. I devoured everything I could find. And It was here where I found insight into my child’s trauma, a skill set to engage in connecting with him, ways to empower and give my child the tools to heal, thrive and flourish in our home. I found hope resonating in the stories of families and caregivers all over the world who had redeemed the years that were lost for their children.
My understanding of children and youth from hard places has deepened since that first YouTube search in 2012. TBRI has transformed our Student Ministry and our work with children and youth from our community. But for me the greatest gift has always been that those around my dinner table have also found hope with me. TBRI gave me a deeper connection with my son, set us on a path towards healing, and gave my son a voice for his pain.
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THIS COMING SUNDAY
FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS
Pastor Mark Bergin
This world we live in is far more mysterious than we daily sense with our eyes and ears. It holds hidden glories, visions of God. We sometimes glimpse these glories when the veil of the mundane lifts for a moment. And we see love, beauty, truth. We see stories of redemption that point to the one grand story that will finally make sense of all this present sound and fury. But too often we are dull, unable to see beyond the stresses and fears that so preoccupy our minds and hearts. The liturgy of the church is a sharpener. In her gatherings, the church together is treated to an extended look beneath the veil. In our songs, prayers, and sacred words, we rediscover the sense of imagination that faith requires. We practice looking and hearing more deeply. We remember that the Kingdom of God is in our midst. And we remember this so that we can live according to its resurrection reality.