Winter 2020 Update
UPDATE FROM DAVID MOYER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Many experience healing through God's Word in 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
2020 has been a year we will never forget . . . thankfully, we know our God is determined to bring redemption and even victory out of what often seems to feel like defeat. This season, we write to you about a host of successes that your support has enabled. The ministry opportunity that we outlined last year at this time is bearing fruit!! And your support has made it possible. In the midst of this turbulent year, Hope and Healing Baltimore has thrived! In spite of all the challenges, our ministry to the brokenhearted in our City and region has multiplied. A strong Biblical Trauma Healing ministry in Baltimore is no longer just a dream, but a reality that is bringing hope and healing to those who may need it the most.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (Ps 34:18)
“I am forever thankful for Healing Circles. I found a group of people with whom I felt safe and a place where I felt loved and accepted. A place of confidentiality where I could be myself and share the stories of my life without judgement. Being able to share the story of my life and the story of my pain. Equally amazing was the help and healing I received from listening to others tell their stories.” (a participant in Bel Air, MD.)
We learned about the American Bible Society’s “Healing the Wounds of Trauma” ministry in May 2019 – about how this curriculum, born more than 20 years ago in Africa, is helping victims of trauma find healing through engaging with the Bible in a safe and supporting small group, using the best practices of mental health. ABS wanted to partner with us to offer this ministry in Baltimore and we were eager to do it. With your help, this is how the plan unfolded…
• Through the late summer and fall of 2019, we held informational and launch sessions with more than 100 people attending. From those who attended the interest meetings and the convenings, 35 men and women were trained to become our first class of apprentice facilitators.
• Through the spring and summer of 2020 this group of apprentice facilitators launched 17 Healing Circles (mostly via video conference), with 139 participants completing their Healing Circle experience.
• In July we held two training sessions via Zoom to qualify 30 more apprentice facilitators.
In addition, eight apprentice facilitators have become fully qualified facilitators, and two are now qualified as training facilitators.
In the words of one of our facilitators, “I’ve had a desire to serve victims of trauma for as long as I can remember, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity. The Trauma Healing Institute and the Healing Circle Community have been answers to prayer by preparing and supporting me to be able to serve a population I never felt qualified to approach. The experience of facilitating a Healing Circle has been such a gift.”
Last year you helped breathe life into our vision for bringing biblical trauma healing to Baltimore. In the midst of the turmoil of this year, the Lord’s hand has clearly been on the work that you enabled us to start. This is now a robust and growing ministry. Moving forward, we have GREAT NEED for hundreds of facilitators to walk with thousands on the journey to healing. Will you please partner with us this year to continue to grow this vital ministry?
As the Lord wills, and as the financial and prayer support of his people allow, in 2021 we plan to reach at least 1,000 more men and women – victims of violence, family trauma, sexual abuse – with the healing touch of the Word of God. We can only do this with your help. We urgently need to raise at least $40,000 in this Christmas campaign to make that happen.
In support of year-end giving, we have access to a $20,000 matching grant for this effort, a vehicle that can significantly multiply YOUR gift. Please help us help!
If you’re able to help and would like to support this ministry via our website donation platform, please click here and direct your gift to “Biblical Trauma Healing.” If you prefer to give by check, it can be made payable to Maryland Bible Society and mailed to us at P.O. Box 5021, Glen Arm, MD 21057.
Of course, Maryland Bible Society continues to be active in our primary mission: Bible distribution and engagement. This year, we were able to increase our Bible and Discipleship Grants through our many partnerships with local churches and ministries. God has also opened up opportunities to provide missionaries and organizations in many different countries with Bibles. As with the Trauma Healing ministry, this is only possible because of your prayers and your financial support.
We’re grateful for a God who loves us so much that he gave his Son so that our sins would be forgiven, and we all look eagerly forward to our Savior’s return. We join with you during this special Christmas Season in praising and worshiping our great and gracious Heavenly Father and celebrating the birth of his Son.
Please accept our very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and blessed 2021!!
Thank you for being an important member of the MBS Family
Together with Him,
MBS Partnered with National Day of Prayer
Although the National Day of Prayer could not meet in person this year, the event was broadcasted live online. Using social media, Maryland Bible Society provided additional support and exposure to ensure many in Maryland had access to the broadcast.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Kenny Baldwin, had contracted a serious case of COVID-19 and spoke at the gathering. He had a message of hope for our time. Other speakers included: Johnny Shelton, Team Chaplain for the Ravens; Luis Borunda, the Maryland Deputy Secretary of State, and Tracey Tiernan, Morning Host from 95.1 SHINE-FM.
We also heard from a Medical Director for an international medical missions organization, a Family Nurse Practitioner in Maryland, as well as several graduating seniors. All of us are responding to this changing world and will continue to look to the LORD in prayer (Psalm 121).
Ministry Highlight: A2Missions
Empowering women in Europe
with Gospel-focused resources
Above: Through partnership with A2Missions, MBS has provided the opportunity for these individuals in Hungary to get Bibles!
Even though Europe has a Christian foundation, most people do not practice any religion. There are many people who do not own or have ever seen a Bible.
A2Missions works in Hungary to strengthen churches, reach communities, and mentor Christian women. This is accomplished through the work of many people because the gospel spreads best in partnership with others. They have seen God at work through these partnerships and have received requests for discipleship, outreach events, and training seminars.
As with most ministries, recent events have forced them to broaden their horizons. The current situation has not stopped their ministry, just changed it. Using the internet, this has allowed them to “meet” new people who would not have had the time to talk with them previously. Some of these people have many connections with both schools and churches. In the future, this will allow them to engage with more individuals and communities.
Right now, buying and giving out Bibles is essential because there are a lot of people who are searching for the truth now. One of their friend’s recently got saved because recent events caused panic in his life. This caused him to question what he actually believed. He is not alone. This is just one example of how the Maryland Bible Society has an impact beyond just Maryland.
Biblical Trauma Healing Update (BTH)
We continue to see growth and life come from Biblical Trauma Healing – which we are in partnership with the American Bible Society (ABS) and Somebody Cares Baltimore (SCB).
Trauma is part of the human experience in our broken world. We know all too well that trauma disrupts lives, destroys hope, perpetuates itself in cycles of violence, and perhaps worst of all, trauma isolates people from self, others, and God. Consider the trauma that you and I see daily all around us…
• The child facing a scary world after the loss of a parent
• The teen overwhelmed by fear or helplessness
• Broken relationships often in our families and even in our churches
• Adults dealing with the impact of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and in many cases, decades after the abuse
The strategy to bring this vital new ministry to our city is simple — to equip church leaders with the tools that can bring healing. For many of those whom we will serve, the first words of the Bible they might ever hear spoken in their lives will be words of love, hope, and healing.
A ministry of this potential size and scope of Biblical Trauma Healing can only be implemented and sustained with the financial support of churches, businesses, individuals, and groups. We’re excited to be able to launch this desperately-needed ministry to the people around us. With your help as part of the Lord’s provision, we can do it!
ABS has underwritten the start of the program, and it will be up to us and our local partners to fund it as it is implemented. That is why I’m asking you to prayerfully consider supporting this life- changing ministry with your gifts to MBS.
Please accept our best wishes for God’s continued blessing to you and yours as we navigate this very different season of life and ministry.
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Learn more about Biblical Trauma Healing (BTS)
Trauma is part of the human experience in our broken world. We know all too well that trauma disrupts lives, destroys hope, perpetuates itself in cycles of violence, and perhaps worst of all, trauma isolates people from self, others, and from God. Learn more about how BTS brings hope.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and more information!
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
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