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ISBN: 9781783684816
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152
Publication Date: 14/03/2019
Pages: 350
Language: English

Tackling Trauma

Global, Biblical, and Pastoral Perspectives


Trauma is a universal phenomenon that can be caused by international catastrophes or individual, personal tragedy. Trauma is also a severely neglected topic in Christian literature, and while it can challenge someone’s faith in Christ, God and the ministry of his Word is central to dealing with the emotional and psychological impact of trauma. By his Spirit, through his Word, and through his church, God is available to minister to people suffering from trauma and bring transformation to their lives.

In this book, a team of experienced and informed Christian professionals from around the world promote a deep biblical response to trauma through clinical and theological wisdom and their first-hand experience of witnessing and experiencing trauma. The contributions provide practical responses to people’s trauma, rather than mere descriptions of the problems, making it an ideal resource for pastors, counsellors, humanitarian workers and students.

Author Bios

Paul A. Barker
(Edited By)

PAUL BARKER has been Regional Coordinator for Asia for Langham Preaching and Langham Scholar Care since 2014. His PhD was published as The Triumph of Grace in Deuteronomy. He has written books and articles on Amos, Psalms, Deuteronomy and preaching. He was Senior Minister at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Doncaster, Melbourne, Australia for many years before living in Asia, teaching in seminaries and training preachers since late 2009. In November 2016 he will become an Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.


This book makes an enormous contribution to a topic and reality faced by so many individuals and communities across the globe. The breadth and depth of this much-needed volume illustrates the power and relevance of the gospel of reconciliation and the multi-faceted peacemaking mission that God has given his church.

Dr Peter Rowan
National Director OMF (UK)

This book combines personal testimony, therapeutic expertise, and biblical exegesis in a way that is as rare as it is useful. Written by Christians from a variety of cultures with experience in helping trauma victims, many of these essays will prove enormously helpful to pastors, therapists, and survivors as they think through strategies for recovery from a biblical and Christian perspective.

Frank Thielman, PhD
Presbyterian Professor of Divinity,
Beeson Divinity School

In the UK today the word “trauma” is often debased by overuse and application to trivial events. This book lays bare the scope and depth and impact of real trauma, and combines profound scriptural truth, painful testimony, and reports of almost unimaginable suffering, both individual and communal. It offers wise practical advice as to Christian response and action. Sober, painful reading, but a biblical tool in our hands for our hurting world.

Rose Dowsett
Author, Missiologist, Speaker
Member of OMF International

A strength of this book is the unique combination of Scripture with personal narrative and experience, as well as more clinical- and evidence-based information about trauma. I’m encouraged to see pastoral leadership willing to engage with this difficult topic and desiring to be informed about these things to better lead and serve.

Jen Scofield
Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Mental Health Practitioner

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1 - Joseph and Trauma Recovery
    1. John Steward
  3. 2 - Praying the Psalms: From Trauma to Resilience
    1. Samuel B. Thielman
  4. 3 - Facing Trauma in Proverbs 24:13–22: Cultivating Virtue Ethics amidst Evil and Wickedness
    1. Shirley S. Ho
  5. 4 - A Trauma Observed: Biblical Reflections on Safety, Control and Fragmentation
    1. Ida Glaser
  6. 5 - Heeding Matthew’s Voice in the Conflicts and Civil Wars in the DRC
    1. Dr Isaac K. Mbabazi
  7. 6 - Vulnerability and a Vision of Hope: Engaging Creation’s Groaning in Romans 8 and Disasters in the Philippines
    1. Rev Rolex M. Cailing
  8. 7 - Forgiveness in a Broken World: An Exploration through the Drama of Scripture
    1. Kethoser (Aniu) Kevichusa
  9. 8 - Christian Discipleship in a Traumatized Society
    1. Rachel C. Mutai
  10. 9 - The bad, the Ugly, the Worst: A Reflection on Christian Forgiveness towards Perpetrators of Traumatic Experiences
    1. Amos Winarto Oei
  11. 10 - Pastoral and Spiritual Response to Trauma and Tragedy
    1. Naji Abi-Hashem
  12. 11 - Trauma Care for Disaster Survivors in Tacloban: Spiritual, Psychological and Cultural Dimensions
    1. Melba Padilla Maggay
  13. 12 - Strengthening Resilience of Disaster Survivors: Integrating Psychospiritual Support in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Response
    1. Annabel Manzanilla-Manalo
  14. 13 - Suffering and Mission: Narrative Research from Cambodia
    1. Yuzo Imamura
  15. 14 - The Family as a Source of Mental Trauma in the Military Conflict in Ukraine
    1. Svitlana Kravchuk and Vacheslav Khalanskyy
  16. 15 - By His Wounds I Am Healed to Love: Learning from Rwandans
    1. John Steward
  17. 16 - The Civil War in the DRC and Trauma
    1. Bishop Muhindo Isesomo
  18. 17 - Trauma Healing and Reconciliation in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of the Church
    1. Gladys K. Mwiti
  19. 18 - Trauma Healing in Men
    1. William Foute
  20. 19 - Healing Trauma through Art and Drama
    1. Lorraine Foute
  21. 20 - Healing around the Cross and Liturgy
    1. John and Sandi Steward
  22. Contributors


John Steward

JOHN STEWARD has post-graduate degrees in agriculture and divinity. His PhD is in soil science. He lectured in theology and rural development in Java, Indonesia for nine years, and then over 14 years he trained aid workers from 50 countries. From 1997 he mentored Rwandan peacemakers, before writing stories of some Rwandans who have found hope and change through truth-telling and healing. These testimonies are the Rwandans way of saying: ‘You can recover from terrible times, with courage and the help of God’s grace’.

Samuel B. Thielman

SAMUEL THIELMAN (PhD) is a clinical and organizational consultant and faculty scholar at Duke University’s Centre for Spirituality, Theology and Health. He currently serves as a consultant to Samaritan’s Purse, Open Doors, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Dr Thielman is a former Director of the Mental Health Service Program of the US Department of State. He has extensive behavioral health experience in East and Central Africa, working for five years as the State Department’s regional psychiatrist at the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. He also served as the Senior Advisor for Resilience at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Through working with Americans and others affected by trauma in the Majority World, he has written widely on the psychological effects of terrorism, and has appeared in professional publications such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatry, the British Journal of Psychiatry, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Shirley S. Ho

SHIRLEY S. HO (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Filipino-Chinese, and has lived in Taiwan for the past eleven years. She is currently Assistant Professor of the Old Testament at China Evangelical Seminary, Taipei, Taiwan, and teaches courses on Biblical Hebrew, the Old Testament, and Research and Writing. Shirley is currently writing her post-doctoral project on Proverbs, and has presented her article, The Journey of a Son: Narrative Reading of Proverbs 1–9, at the 2017 SBL International Meeting, at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Ida Glaser

Ida Glaser is the International Academic Coordinator and Founding Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Muslim Christian Studies, where she oversees a number of international projects. She previously taught in the areas of Qur’an and Bible, and the history of Muslim-Christian dialogue at the University of Edinburgh, and her personal research interests focus on reading the Bible in the context of Islam. She is an associate staff member at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Ida has taught physics in Islamic contexts and done church-based outreach in multi-racial, inner-city Britain. She has worked among people of other faiths for Crosslinks, the Anglican Mission Agency, and is a past director of Faith to Faith, a Christian consultancy about other faiths. Her doctorate examined Genesis 1–11 in the context of parallel qur’anic material. She has taught Muslim-Christian relations at the post-graduate level in Jamaica, Nigeria, the Philippines and the UK.

Isaac K. Mbabazi

ISAAC K. MBABAZI (PhD, University of Manchester) is Professor of New Testament Studies at Université Shalom de Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and also currently serves as the university’s director of the PhD program. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Theology and was previously the President of a seminary in Burundi. Mbabazi has written several works including The Significance of Interpersonal Forgiveness in the Gospel of Matthew (Wipf & Stock, 2013). He is married to Jeanette, and together are blessed with three daughters.

Rolex Macatdon Cailing

ROLEX M. CAILING (PhD) is the founding and senior pastor of LifeReach Ministries in the Philippines, and has planted and pastored churches in the Philippines and Korea. Having taught at multiple Bible colleges and seminaries across Africa and Asia, he is now teaching New Testament studies at Alliance Graduate School, Quezon City, Philippines, and has particular interest in Pauline theology, the use of the Old Testament in the New, the background of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism. Rev Cailing has written several works on Paul’s use of the Old Testament.

Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa

KETHOSER (ANIU) KEVICHUSA is a speaker and trainer with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in India. He earned his PhD from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK. He has also pursued theological education first in India, then in the UK, following his undergraduate degree in English Literature. Aniu lives with his wife, Ono, and their three young sons in Nagaland, India. His primary ministry gifts are expository preaching, Christian apologetics and evangelism.

Melba Padilla Maggay

A writer and a social anthropologist, Melba Padilla Maggay holds a doctorate in Philippine studies, a Master’s degree in English literature, and a first degree in mass communication. A specialist in intercultural communication, she was research fellow on the subject at the University of Cambridge under the auspices of Tyndale House, applying it to the question of culture and theology. She has lectured on this and other cross-cultural issues worldwide, including a stint as Northrup Visiting Professor at Hope College, Michigan, and Visiting Lecturer at All Nations Christian College in England. As founder and longtime director of the Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture, she was cited for her outstanding leadership in organizing the evangelical Protestant presence at the EDSA barricades during the February People Power Uprising in 1986. As a social anthropologist, Dr Maggay is resource speaker and consultant on culture, social change, and development issues. A frequent speaker and participant-expert in international conferences, Dr Maggay travels widely and has had cross-cultural experience in over forty countries on all five continents.

Rachel C. Mutai

RACHEL C. MUTAI (MDiv, Africa International University) is currently completing her studies for a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding Leadership from the Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, while also serving as the Coordinator of Curriculum Development at African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM). Through her work with ALARM, Rachel has been involved in developing curricula and training materials for programs in the areas of servant leadership, conflict resolution, peace building, and interfaith dialogues. She has actively participated in the training of church and community leaders in multiple different countries in which ALARM serves. Her passion is to spur and develop people to fulfil their divine purpose and selfless service to humanity.

Yuzo Imamura

YUZO IMAMURA (MD, Dermatology; PhD, Cell Biology) currently serves with his wife, Hitomi, in the Stung Treng province, one of the least reached areas in Cambodia. Having previously gained a medical degree, he felt God call him to be a cross-cultural worker in Cambodia, and so joined OMF International in 2003. Yuzo was involved with medical teaching and training, as well as university student ministry in Phnom Penh, and later he and his wife spent time serving in Kratie province, before arriving in Stung Treng. He has a passion to reach the unreached in villages and train preachers in rural provinces, particularly in the area of expository preaching.

Amos Winarto Oei

AMOS WINARTO OEI holds a PhD in Moral Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and has sixteen years’ teaching experience at higher education institutions in his home country of Indonesia. Currently he is Dean of Students at Aletheia Theological Seminary, Lawang, East Java, Indonesia. He also has experience in church ministry, serving as youth minister and then senior pastor at The Church of Christ the Lord in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Naji Abi-Hashem

NAJI ABI-HASHEM (MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology, Biola University, California; MDiv in Pastoral and Ethnic Studies, Golden Gate Theological Seminary) currently serves as an associate with Member Care International, dividing his time between the US and Lebanon. Alongside this work, he is involved in editing, speaking, and writing on a range of issues for a variety of international organizations, contributing to over ninety published works. Dr Abi-Hashem worked for twelve years (1992–2004) as a staff psychologist with the Minirth-Meier New Life Clinics and affiliated hospital program, and was the featured therapist in Working with Arab Americans, a professional training DVD produced by the American Psychological Association in 2008 for multicultural counselling. He has also served on the Board of Directors for multiple national and international agencies.

Annabel Manzanilla-Manalo

ANNABEL MANAZILLA-MANALO (PhD), a licensed psychologist in clinical, counselling and assessment psychology, serves as the Associate Professor and Chair of the Counselling Department at the Asian Theological Seminary (ATS), Quezon City, Philippines. She also currently serves as the Director of the ATS Counselling Centre and heads the Disaster Response and Psychological Training Program. For the past twenty years Annabel has been involved with various NGOs providing psychological services to many different communities, including those displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters, survivors of torture and enforced disappearance, families of victims of extrajudicial killings, and street children and youth at risk.

Vacheslav Khalansky

VACHESLAV KHALANSKY works at REALIS Christian Center and is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Svetlana Kravchuk

SVETLANA KRAVCHUK is candidate of Psychological Sciences, Senior scientific researcher, Institute of Social and Political Psychology, Kiev, Ukraine.

Muhindo Isesomo

MUNHINDO ISESOMO has been bishop of North Kivu since 2010, and is also currently National Coordinator for Langham Preaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was the parish vicar at Butembo Anglican parish from 1984–1992, and in 1993 he went to Kinshasa for specialization training in Evangelism. Isesomo worked as the National Coordinator of Evangelism for the Anglican Church from 1995–2010, which enabled him to visit many different countries, and transform the lives of many people with the gospel.

Gladys K. Mwiti

GLADYS MWITI (PhD, Clinical Psychology) is the founder and CEO of Oasis Africa – Centre for Transformational Psychology and Trauma. Mwiti also currently serves as the Chairperson of both the Kenya Psychological Association and the Kenya Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She was previously a Member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and Co-chair of the Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization Mental Health and Trauma Advisory Group. She has received several awards for her work including the Scholar-Leader of the Year 2010 (Scholar-Leaders International, USA), Pure and Natural Woman Award 2011 (James R. Jordan Foundation) and the Alumni of the Year Award 2014 (Fuller Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology 50th Anniversary). She is married to Dr Gerhson Mwiti.

Lorraine Foute

LORRAINE FOUTE (MSc, Fresno Pacific University) served with SIM in Nigeria for thirty-four years. In Nigeria, she learned the Hausa language and taught Nigerian pastors and missionaries at a Bible school and gave counsel to many Nigerian and missionary women. Lorraine began a special education program at a school for missionary children that lasted for twenty years and also taught special education at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary for ten years. Having returned to the USA with her husband Bill in 2016, she continues to equip others in trauma healing and is a master facilitator in adult, children’s and story-based trauma healing under the American Bible Society Trauma Healing Institute. Lorraine and her husband continue to facilitate trauma healing workshops in various countries.

Bill Foute

BILL FOUTE (MDiv in Missions, Talbot School of Theology) served in Nigeria with SIM for thirty-four years (1982–2016) ministering in the Hausa language to equip Nigerian leaders, missionaries and pastors. His ministry while in Nigeria included teaching, field leadership, pastoral counselling, providing libraries for pastors, and trauma healing. Bill and his wife Lorraine returned to the USA in 2016 and currently work worldwide in equipping in trauma healing and pastoral counselling. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

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