Team Trained Local Counselors to From Trauma Using a Unique Christian Treatment Perspective, Brought Goods and Donations to Help Citizens
- Seven-member Lighthouse Network team traveled to Uganda on a short-term missions trip.
- During their stay, the team trained locals in Christian counseling techniques to help provide resources for Ugandans facing the trauma of childhood sexual and physical abuse and addictions.
- The team also coordinated a vacation Bible school for 335 local at risk children and brought donations of goods and money to help meet citizens’ needs.
PHILADELPHIA – A seven-member team from Lighthouse Network, the premier Christian addiction and mental health referral service, undeterred by an Ebola outbreak, recently returned from a missions-trip to Uganda, where they led a training program to help train local counselors to use Christian counseling techniques to help victims of sexual abuse, addictions, and other trauma.
During the two-week trip, Dr. Karl Benzio and his team led a week-long mentor training program in Gulu, Uganda. They were also immersed in the coordination and oversight of a vacation Bible school program for local children. The team brought Bibles and toys for the children in addition to monetary donations to help with basic necessities.
“Overall the trip was an amazing success and we were blessed to be able to serve in this capacity,” said Dr. Karl Benzio, Founder and Executive Director of Lighthouse Network. “Our donors were incredibly generous, allowing us to give far more than just our knowledge to the people of Uganda. We provided for their needs physically, emotionally, and spiritually during this trip and we pray that the ongoing good that comes from the local team we trained makes a positive impact on lives well into the future. And, of course, our lives were also changed forever as the beautiful people of Uganda have as much positive impact on us as I believe we infused into them.”