A Trip To Remember
Update on the Counseling Mission to India
Dear Financial Supporters and Prayer Warriors,
Great Work was Done
One in particular was being trained as an evangelist to go back and witness to his people in Arunachal Pradesh (literally translated, "where the sun rises first"). Here's a link about his region http://joshuaproject.net/states_districts/IN/IN30. He is of the Nissi people group. During our time together he expressed that he didn't like the person he had become and he very badly wanted to be someone different. As we continued therapy he eventually confessed to being bullied for several years because he was a North Indian at a school full of South Indians, which is the source of a lot of racism in India. When I began to ask him if the years of being bullied were possibly connected to how angry and jaded he had become, it was like I had just bridged a grand canyon of mystery for him. Never had he considered that perhaps the person he had become was the result of the experiences and abuse he had endured in his past. With a few more sessions we walked through forgiveness of his bitterness and he developed a new love for himself that he had lost.
Counseling is Very Young and the Need is Great
2. They only have 10 Masters programs in the whole country for a Counseling/Psychology degree. In comparison, Florida alone has 10.
3. There is no official licensure process for therapists in the whole country of India.
4. The 411 calling service in the city of Bangalore gets over 300 phone calls a day looking for Mental Health Counseling services.
There is Great Hope
God is doing such great work in so many regions of the world and I am oh so very thankful for your support and prayer for this trip to India.
Blessings and Love,