Needless to say, the need for training and support for humanitarian workers is great!!
We are excited to be partnering with Forward Edge and their ministry work in Nicaragua. This initial trip to Nicaragua was supposed to be a sampling of the training that we offer and a chance for Pour Out to get to know them and learn what their specific needs are. We anticipated spending time with the house moms and directors and asking a lot of questions with the hope of returning with a full team in the fall. But, as God so often ordains, that is not what happened, not at all what happened.
We headed down to The Villa, a ministry that takes in girls out of the dumps and nearby areas. There are 28 girls at the moment with plans to expand to 42.
Every girl, not some or many- every girl- has experienced some form of abuse or neglect and as we got to know the girls, this became so very real. It solidified our hearts and the call God has placed on our lives- to support and train workers so that they can continue to love the broken and hurting.
This initial trip to Nicaragua was supposed to be a sampling of the training that we offer and a chance for Pour Out to get to know them and learn what their specific needs are. We anticipated spending time with the house moms and directors and asking a lot of questions with the hope of returning with a full team in the fall. But, as God so often ordains, that is not what happened, not at all what happened.
They were so excited about what they heard during our first morning of worship, sharing and training that they changed the schedule! Yep, they hijacked the whole thing! Our days became packed with 3-4 hours of training in the morning, meeting with moms and workers in the afternoon and spending time with the directors in the evenings. With a staff of over 20 this was no small feat for the two of us, but God continued to strengthen us each day.
I have included two stories to give you a hint at what we were blessed to experience first hand:
Following the first training on trauma, R* (pastor over the girls at the villa) wanted to talk with me. He began to open up and shared his life story including the trauma he has experienced. This was a new experience for the pastor. He shared his feelings, an activity that does not happen among Nicaraguan men. Afterwards P*(Asst Director, American missionary) shared with me that “Nic.(Nicaraguan) men never do that”. This was a profound moment in his life. I closed by praying over Pastor R*. My prayer was that the pastor would have opportunities to share the difficult parts of his story that he was hiding with others for in his brokenness is where they would be able to relate… later in our trip I watched as he shared part of his story with the other men at the Villa.
I spent the afternoons meeting individually with each of the house moms. Each session was over an hour, with one lasting over two. This was their time to share what was on their hearts. They talked about their lives with the girls. They poured out tears- their struggles. They talked about what life was life growing up and before they became house moms. This was a unique time set-aside just for them. The directors told me that there were few opportunities for the moms to share about their lives. The needs of the girls were always so great, that the mom’s pain and stories were often dismissed or forgotten. This was a special time to pour into them.
Trauma, Techniques and Self Care
During the evaluation time before we left, one of the house moms, Y*, shared how she had already put a few of the techniques into practice with the girls. She explained that she happened to be at the school for another reason and happened to see one of the girls shove someone at school. Rather than reprimand her she applied the strategy that she had learned and listened first. Because she listened the girl opened up and told her more about the story. Not only was Y* amazed at how much she shared but how she had misread what she saw.
Your prayers played a pivotal part in this and so much more!
And, there it more. The staff and directors have asked for more! We are in the process of putting together another trip scheduled for this September, returning to the Villa to provide more support and additional modules of training.
What we are creating at Pour Out is a model that provides long-term support and training to humanitarian workers. As we continue in our relationship with The Villa and praying about the possibility of adding more, we ask for your prayers.
For more information on Pour Out or to sign up to be part of our prayer team, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org