Worldwide, many people would describe this year as a disaster. Others would recount resulting trauma. Trauma Healing Institute defines trauma this way: "Trauma involves experiencing or witnessing intense wounds to body, mind and soul which overwhelms the capacity to cope. Survivors of trauma often live with recurring memories of atrocities witnessed and borne. It infects their sleep, destroys their relationships and their capacity to work, torments their emotions, shatters their faith and mutilates hope. The wounds of trauma are not visible; their effects are."
Trauma is a part of every day at Memorial Christian Hospital. The year 2020 added new levels of trauma to people of all ages, races, locations, and economic levels. MCH’s medical team sees physical wounds of road traffic accidents, domestic abuse, violent communities, even human trafficking. They witness the physical trauma of torture, rape, and attempted genocide among the Rohingya refugees who come to MCH. Less physically evident but just as real are the wounds to the mind and soul that our patients suffer. Very few people understand this aspect of trauma, so victims usually suffer alone with no one to help.
Association of Baptists recently partnered with Bangladesh Bible Society, and several of our staff were certified as trainers in Trauma Healing. They now hold classes and seminars teaching other hospital staff and church leaders how to recognize and help victims of trauma.
Real-life stories help people connect the teaching with their circumstances. We offer hope and healing to hurting people.
--Dr. Nathan Piovesan, 2020