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There’s more to life than surviving (Story 33 of 50)

CCHO is celebrating 50 years of ministry! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling). As an agency committed to being trauma effective across all of our programming, we are happy to share a story today from Lindsay DeHaas (MSW, LSW), one of the therapists from our Thrive Trauma Recovery program. This intensive trauma treatment, part of Encompass Christian Counseling, allows clients to effectively process traumatic events from their past so they no longer feel the impact from those experiences in their day-to-day lives. Story #33 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series offers hope to those who may otherwise have a hard time finding it.

As an intensive trauma therapist in the Thrive Trauma Recovery program at Encompass Christian Counseling, it’s standard to work with clients for a week or two and then wish them well on their recovery journey as they return to ongoing mental health services. Although all clients have a special story and are memorable, some clients’ stories stick with you long after their treatment in the program has ended.

Amanda (name changed to protect her identity) was one of those clients whose traumatic experiences and resulting challenges in life were especially pressing on my heart. Amanda was an adult woman who appeared to “have it all” from the outside looking in on her life – she was married with several children, and successful in her career outside of the home. However, what Amanda truly experienced on a day-to-day basis were challenges like depression, difficulty getting out of bed, isolation, withdrawing from her family, disinterest in engaging in any social activities, guilt, anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares that caused her to relive some of the worst moments and experiences in her life.

When I met Amanda on the first day of treatment, she presented as guarded, reserved and quiet. Throughout the course of our initial assessment and gathering information related to past trauma experiences, Amanda told me her past trauma experiences were secrets she felt trapped into keeping to herself, and her isolation was to the point where she had nobody to talk to on a tough day. Amanda desired to be able to connect with those around her, and to function differently than she had been for much of her life. So, with great hesitancy and skepticism toward the methods of the program, Amanda started to tell the story of her younger self, giving a voice to experiences, thoughts and emotions that had long been locked down tight.

Shortly after Amanda started processing her stories, she looked at me and said, “Okay…I’m trusting you here…that this actually works.” I remember smiling encouragingly and assuring her that she was strong and courageous, and that I wouldn’t walk with her through something I didn’t believe would be the best for her. Meanwhile, part of me was praying, “Lord, please work through these methods in a powerful way in her life. Show her Your hope.” And man, did He show up.

By the end of Amanda’s first week of treatment, I had to do a double take when she walked into the office. Everything about her was different. Amanda didn’t walk – she bounced – into the office that day. For the first time all week, she was taking care of herself in notable, obvious ways. Amanda’s guarded and intense demeanor had slipped away, and in its place was a very bubbly and relaxed woman whose eyes sparkled with joy as she joked and smiled, despite the tough content discussed throughout the session. When I commented on this extreme difference in her demeanor, tone and appearance, Amanda smiled and said she felt “empowered” by what she had done so far in treatment.

By the end of treatment, Amanda – who was experiencing constant flashbacks and unwanted thoughts about her past – stated she had only had a few flashbacks for days, that some days she hadn’t had any, and it felt “good.” Amanda said she didn’t feel like a victim anymore, she felt she could stand on her own two feet, and that through processing her traumatic experiences, she felt she knew who she was at her core and was more aware of her own needs that had to be met in order to be the wife, mother and woman God had designed her to be.

Amanda came to the Thrive program feeling hopeless, isolated and so afraid of what telling her story would do or not do in her life. Through the process, she surrendered her fear and allowed God to work in her life in such a powerful way that everyone around her could literally see the difference.

Thrive Trauma Recovery

Would you like to learn more about Thrive Trauma Recovery, the intensive trauma treatment offered by Encompass Christian Counseling? Click the button below to read all about this unique program.

Celebrating Five Decades of Ministry

This story is part of our "50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry" retrospective. Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 stories about the broken hearts, broken people, and broken families that have been made new by a loving and redemptive God. Have your own story about CCHO and our family of ministries? Click the button below to share it with us.

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Encourage a generation

Without the encouragement from caring CCHO staff, Brent and Mia may not have gotten baptized. Both of these young residents carried many years of severe abuse and trauma with them when they came to our campus last year. The people in their lives that should have protected them instead repeatedly hurt them, and they believed they couldn’t trust anyone. But because of the loving actions and encouraging words of our staff, Brent and Mia opened their hearts to God and eventually ended up getting baptized during their time with CCHO!

You too can powerfully impact the lives of boys and girls who are in desperate need of hope and encouragement from others.

The kids on our campus spend a lot of time in our new Children’s Leadership & Recreation Center (LRC), whether they’re coming in for the school day, enjoying a meal in the cafeteria, playing games in the gym or engaging in our recreational therapy programs. Imagine how powerful it would be for those boys and girls to see an encouraging message from you or your favorite Bible verse each time they walk to the CLRC!

By purchasing a legacy brick with your name or inspirational message (or both!), you could play a vital role in the next baptisms on our campus. Your words can be a source of incredible encouragement on the next generation of kids in need.

Our world can be so discouraging, leaving many of us scared and scarred. God intends each of us to encourage others so that, together, we can find joy amidst that pain and brokenness (see Hebrews 3:13 and 1 Thessalonians 4:18). Children like Brent and Mia used that encouragement to embrace a relationship with their Savior. Your words of encouragement can help others turn their lives over to Jesus. What a powerful legacy you can leave for future generations on our campus!

Leave a legacy for kids in need

Purchase your legacy brick today and be part of the eternal story God is writing in the lives of these children. What message do you want to leave for them on your brick?

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Partners in legacy (Story 15 of 50)

CCHO is celebrating 50 years of ministry! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling). Today, we pause to acknowledge the community partners who have stood with us over the years. Their legacy is story #15 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series.

As we prepare to gather for our 50th celebration this weekend, we are especially grateful for our community partners who support our mission. They play an important role in helping individuals and families find healing throughout our family of ministries. We recently heard from one of our long-time friends who has contributed in many meaningful ways. Christine Malcuit, Collection, Purchasing, Marketing Officer at Apple Creek Banking Company, shared about our unique relationship.

Apple Creek Banking Company has been a supporter for about 15 years, and some employees have supported CCHO for many years prior to that. Jeff Smith recalls Gary Porter (former CCHO executive director) purchasing repossessed vehicles for CCHO many years ago, and what stands out most is what a good steward of funds Gary was (and a very tough negotiator)! Our bank has supported the CCHO ministries through various donations over the years, including building projects, golf outing sponsorships, donation of fair hogs, and other contributions. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 19:14), and we are extremely happy and honored to be a small part of what the CCHO mission stands for. “

Our advancement team has the privilege of working with our business partners to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. “What I love about working with Apple Creek Bank and other businesses in this community is just that—a sense of community,” said Jenny Myers, Advancement Coordinator. “People who truly care about where they work and live. Apple Creek Bank is a great example of a business that cares and shows that through support and volunteerism.”

Many thanks to Apple Creek Banking Company and our generous 50th celebration weekend sponsors. Some of these businesses are brand new business backers and others have faithfully watched our organization develop and grow over the years. Each one of you is part of our legacy in serving others. We are grateful for your trust and partnership.

Celebrating Five Decades of Ministry

This story is part of our "50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry" retrospective. Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 stories about the broken hearts, broken people, and broken families that have been made new by a loving and redemptive God. Have your own story about CCHO and our family of ministries? Click the button below to share it with us.

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Fill the Gap

We are beyond excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary at our benefit dinner on Saturday, June 8 and the Great Grill Off on Sunday, June 9. After five incredible decades of ministry, the list of blessings we could praise God for is practically endless. One of those blessings would be our unbelievable staff, who not only give their hearts totally and completely to our purpose of helping people experience their worth in Christ, but who also bring so many wonderful talents to work each day.

Be sure to join us on Saturday, June 8 when Brandon Jurkovich, our Assistant Director of Clinical Services will deliver a powerful spoken word performance about legacy at our 50th Anniversary Benefit Dinner. Get your tickets today!

Spoken Word

At our 2017 Heart for the Home Celebration, Brandon took the stage with a performance about fatherhood. Here’s a clip from that night, and be sure to join us on June 8 for Brandon’s next performance. You won’t want to miss it!

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