TRAUMA RECOVERY HEALING CENTER
In 2021, Pastor Bienfait Mulamba
began the Trauma Recovery Healing Center
with just a vision.
In his city of Goma, DR Congo, 70% of women have been victims of abuse, violence, and rape.
Many have witnessed husbands and children killed by rebel militants.
Majority cannot read or write.
...A defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.
About 300 women gather twice weekly for teaching, prayer and hope in the Trauma Healing Classes.
Requests for Bienfait to bring Trauma recovery classes keep pouring in.
These 3 women have suffered from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
Pastor Bienfait's big vision is to serve
2,000 war-torn, hurting, and traumatized women in the next year.
Have you ever experienced any traumatic experience or know of others who have been abused, battered, on drugs, or even sold into sex slavery? Do you know of anyone who has suffered severe loss - either of loved ones or economically?
We all probably know of someone, maybe even ourselves. The pain and ripple effects of the trauma in their lives can be seen in every area of their relationships, family, and work.
While our pain is severe and we do not want to minimize it, in the USA we have many resources available to help our loved ones or to seek help ourselves.
We have books, classes, podcasts, trauma groups, recovery groups, therapists, counselors, and many other means to become free from the emotional scars.
The women in the DR of Congo have none of these resources available.
What started as a pilot program for Bienfait has now grown to over 300 women in two locations and the numbers are growing.
Women are desperate.
5 Million children in the DRC are left orphans due to atrocities of rebel militants, HIV, and other causes.
According to UNICEF, 10,000's of children, ages 6 to 14, are recruited by militants to be child soldiers, kill, steal, serve as spies, or for human sex trade trafficking).
Friends of Jesus Charity, led by Bienfait, regularly serve over 500 of orphans in their war-infested region, doing what they can to "wipe away their tears."
A team of 12 provide food, clothing, comfort, and love, partnering with orphanges.
I (God) am...A Father to the Fatherless
They are given the Father's love, acceptance, and belonging.
Not only do they feed their bodies, but also their souls by bringing fun and Jesus to them while they eat.
Joseph, age 6, saw his parents being killed.
Friends of Jesus Charity has been building an orphange to house 50 children and 6 staff. It aims to open 2023.
It is common for children to have seen their parents killed in front on them and suffer from severe trauma.
Brick by Brick the House for Children becomes a reality.
SERVING THE PGYMIE PEOPLE
Below: Bienfait speaks with Pygmie lady sitting in the hut
To the left: Bienfait stands next to Pygmie Hut.
Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for such is the Kingdom of God. -- Matthew 19:14
UPLIFTING WOMEN OF HOPE PROJECT
A visionary, Bienfait
saw the immediate needs of the women and a way to bring them out of poverty. So, he obtained a micro-business loan, bought a coffee plantation, and
hired women affected with HIV/AIDS or sexually raped.
Although it is a smaller plantation, he manages to market to the city of Goma and pays these women to work in the business. When society has alienated these women, Friends of Jesus Charity embraces them.
He has also begun sewing classes with just a few sewing machines. Many more machines are needed for more women to learn how to sew to earn a living.
Meet Pastor Bienfait Mulamba
Pastor Bienfait, known simply as Bienfait, grew up on a remote island in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Idjwi Island in one of the largest inland islands in the eastern DRC. He was born into a poverty stricken family and his father conducted a sewing business. His father, as he says, "Did his best" and sent him to school.
From this upbringing, he always had a vision for helping people and fighting poverty. And so he received his Bachelor Degree in Politics and Administration to make a difference,
The DRC currently ranks 175th in poverty out of 185 countries (Wikipedia). Poverty is one of the greatest barriers to the people in the DRC and makes the work of the ministry challenging for the needs of the people are severe.
For example, over 10,000 Congolese children are slave laborers in the cobalt mines of the DRC. Cobalt is needed to make lithium batteries for electronic vehicles worldwide. China buys this cobalt, makes these batteries and then sells into the US market for production of electronic vehicles.
A year after graduation, The Holy Spirit led him up to pray with 700 other Christians on a mountain top. It was on this mountain when he heard the voice of Lord speak:
"It is TIME for you to save lives, give hope, and encourage the broken-hearted people.
Bring them back to Me (God)."
The next day, God divinely showed him a field of widows and orphans weeping. All the Lord said was, "Wipe away the tears of these people." In this spiritual encounter, Bienfait began to wipe the tears from these people. He hasn't stopped since.
Religion that God accepts as pure and fautless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress... James 1:27
In the past 7 years, Bienfait planted 7 churches. He founded Friends of Jesus Charity guided by James 1:27 and its mission is to:
Help and Feed people as Jesus did
Serve people as Jesus did
Love others as Jesus did
Minister as Jesus did
Bring healing to people - women, men, and children suffering from the effects of trauma