After intensive teaching on the trauma healing journey, grief and forgiveness. We closed Thursday with an opportunity to focus on hope and resilience by looking at the story of Nehemiah. Nehemiah'swork to restore his home country seems to mirror so well the work God has called the WLTI women to in Rwanda.

As leaders they not only carry their own burdens, they walk alongside others helping them to process their stories and encourage healing.

The burden is heavy and the work is demanding.  As we finished up the day, we were reminded of the words of Jesus found in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” 

After a time of reflection, the women were invited to write down a heavy burden or pain they’ve been carrying. The pain could be from the present or past -- something they desperately needed and wanted to give to Jesus to hold. 

After a time of prayer and reflection, they were invited to take the paper and place it in the fire.  As the paper burned they were reminded that Jesus carries our heaviest burdens. 

As the women placed their pain in the fire they took time to pray, cry, sing and soak in the presence of God around the ALARM Training Center grounds.

Resting in the presence and peace of Jesus.