Crises, broken relationships, crime and traumatic experiences are part of the storms of life. Professional counselling is not always necessary to process the negative experiences of such storms of life. A safe space to talk about disappointments, emotional pain and traumatic experiences is often sufficient.
Elèhos Ministry assists communities to create safe spaces where participants in the Recovery Dynamics process can:
- Connect with others who face similar circumstances and share emotional pain and traumatic experiences.
- Feel that they have access to social, spiritual, emotional, and physical support.
- Reach a point where they can help themselves and others in the community.
We focus on the following areas of support:
- Recovery after a broken relationship or divorce.
- Recovery after the death of a loved one.
- Recovery after a traumatic experience.
- Recovery after storms of life or a disaster, such as Covid-19.
The complete Recovery Dynamics process lasts approximately one year and consists of the following three phases:
- Individual assistance (approximately three months).
- Group support to process emotional hurt or trauma (about two months).
- Support to reintegrate into the community (approximately five months).
We train volunteers as individual and group facilitators to facilitate this recovery and self-investigation process to equip participants to better face future storms of life. As part of its purpose-driven support Elèhos Ministry developed an in-person as well as an online support process to empower churches or other institutions to develop holistic support networks in communities.
We live in a traumatised society in need of healing. To promote healing in our communities, we participate in developing context-specific emotional and trauma support systems to bring hope and healing in a variety of situations. We believe that a network of multidisciplinary support between all relevant stakeholders in the community will ensure a holistic approach to healing in communities. In this regard we are involved in partnering and networking with institutions and ministries such as the South African Defence Force Association, the Centre for Faith and Community and the Institute for Healing of Memories.
With the Prepare/Enrich premarital and marital counselling process we are involved in marriage preparation, – enrichment and counselling.
Because of the brokenness in our society single parent and stepparent families are not the exception but on the increase. These special families with their unique challenges need support. In cooperation with other stakeholders in the community we are developing networks of support to these families.
Military veterans and their families
The Border War / Armed Struggle remains a contentious and divisive issue. Its effects are also still felt by many South African men, who question what they fought for, or still suffer from war-related trauma. In partnership with the Institute for Healing of Memories, the South African Defence Force Association and 61 Mech Veteran Association, we are creating safe spaces for all post-apartheid military veterans to experience healing and reconciliation.
We give guidelines to communities and veteran organisations on how to make use of available resources to support military veterans and their families.
Personal growth is a choice. Especially after trauma people are experiencing new challenges and need to re-examine their perspective on life and grow as a person. We support them to discover themselves and the new possibilities in a new season of their life with the following workshops:
Shape-Up: With this workshop, we challenge them to look at their own view of life in light of God’s Word and to ensure personal growth by implementing their own self-management plan of self-acceptance, – change and – actualisation.
Prepare to Decide: With this workshop, we support Singles to discovering real Singleness and prepare themselves for dating again and the choice of a life partner.