Germany creates a unique environment for ministry. Most Christian churches are used to traveling to Third World countries, and providing basic needs such as food, medical aid, and shelter. However, when you’re dealing with a country that is as wealthy and strong as Germany, we must look at providing help in a different way. For example, some organizations in Germany have stopped receiving hard goods because they simply cannot store them. This does not mean, however, there is no need for help. It is easy to focus on “Getting stuff out,” but tending to the soul and the restoration of hearts and minds is a different matter.
It’s not hard to find stories of women, children, and men who have gone through incredibly traumatic experiences. Stories of violence, rape, abuse are all too frequent. One has to ponder what these experiences have done to these people. The psychological damage that has been done to millions of refugees is astounding.
Another challenge in this regard is understanding the cultural differences between American, German, and Syrian responses to modern psychotherapy and support groups. Understanding, for example, how each of the respective societies all grieve is paramount to understanding the bridge between problems and solutions. In other words, what works for helping Americans who have suffered a loss or traumatic experience may not work for a refugee from Syria.
Expecting refugees with these traumatic mental experiences to seamlessly merge into German society is probably unrealistic. This is why Soul Care, or Christ Centered Psychotherapy is perhaps the best help we, as Americans, can provide to refugees in Germany.
In the immediate future, we foresee a need for trained specialists to aid in preparing Germans in the task of facilitating support groups and psychotherapy in the following areas:
- Grief support
- Women / Child Abuse support
- Anxiety and Depression
- Addiction Recovery
At this point, we would like to have conversations with individuals that can help us navigate down this path. If you, or anyone that you know, is trained or has experience in the mentioned areas and willing to help please contact us. We would also like to speak with anyone that can help understand psychological and cultural aspects of these matters as related to Arab culture.
Please contact: Ben Benjamin – email@example.com