“…a grace they had longed for…”
The following is a brief excerpt from an upcoming article about the work our ATFT Foundation just completed in Uganda.
This is why we believe our trauma relief work is so very important.
“Several of the those participating had been at the Lachor seminary in 2003 when LRA rebels attacked. Government troops counterattacked, unleashing a two hour gunfight at the seminary. But the rebels succeeded, kidnapping 41 teenage boys, marching them, roped in a long column, away to be conscripted into their guerrilla army. Three people were killed.
The priests’ anguish as they silently reflected on their memories of this horror was palpable. As their fellow priests, newly trained, treated them, all watching were eased to feel it pass, like a great oppressive weight lifting from the room. Several of the those treated were transformed, explaining to us the profound compassion and forgiveness they now felt, compassion even for the rebels. This was a grace that they had longed for but had resignedly feared they would never know in this life.”
The ATFT Foundation team trained nearly 500 Ugandans, treated almost that many and left an infrastructure with TFT to serve 500,000 people in Uganda.
You can visit the ATFT Foundation site here for more information.