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Healing Wounds from Trauma in Asia

Organized by: Christina Olivia Pacheco

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EVENT DATE Oct 06, 2015

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Hope, Healing, and Freedom in Asia with our Wonderful Counselor. I am heading to Asia in October for ten days. This trip is to get acquainted with God's people there and gain an understanding of where God can use me. I hope that this will provide a foundation for a future ministry to the unreached people group, the Rohingya. "Labeled by the U.N. one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, the Rohingya have for decades suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Denied citizenship by national law, the Muslims are effectively stateless. Access to education and adequate health care is limited and freedom of movement severely restricted. In the last three years, attacks on Rohingya have left 280 people dead and forced 140,000 others into crowded camps just outside Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, where they live under abysmal, apartheid-like conditions, with little or no opportunity for work." (Malaysia to Push Back Rohingya Unless Boats Are Sinking, 2015) “While only about 10 percent of the Rohingya population are interned in camps and suffering from insufficient food and a lack of health care, the entire population is at risk of elimination.” (Hudson, 2015) My long term goal for Asia is to be able to start a biblical counseling center for people who need our Wonderful Counselor to heal the effects of trauma, abuse, and addictions. As our God is one who redeems and turns our brokenness into beauty I also hope to offer as an opportunity for the participants to create various art forms from their pain and present them through a store, museum, theater, etc. All proceeds will go directly to them. This will offer them a sense of dignity and the biblical counseling will remind them of where their real inherent worth comes from, from our Creator! There are hundreds of thousands of refugees in Asia who escape their countries due to war, poverty, and / or persecution. We are in God's presence and He is in our suffering. As Christians we must surrender to Christ who lives in us and who desires to "meet" people in their suffering. God knows their suffering. He came to Earth and lived as a refugee Himself. “Missions is not a recruitment project for God’s labor force. It is a liberation project from the heavy burdens and hard yokes of other gods.” John Piper “Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate; For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.” Proverbs 22:22-23 Please help me to get to Asia this fall with About Face Missions in order to provide comfort to the afflicted with the same comfort that I have received from God. I am greatly appreciative of your donations. These funds will be for airfare, food and lodging in Asia.

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