Orphaned Heart Ministries is sharing Christ’s healing with victims of violence, trauma, and injustice to bring about regional transformation of East Africa. In partnership with the Church of Uganda and the Church of Rwanda (Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda), our mission is to train clergy and lay leaders in trauma pastoral care and healing ministry.
Janet Helms, a recent graduate of Trinity School for Ministry and longtime member of Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA, has been helping orphans in Uganda since 2001 through a kinship model. In 2006, she started working with students from Uganda Christian University (UCU) to bring psychological and spiritual healing to those who have been orphaned by AIDS, polygamy, violence, and abandonment. She helped students to form a spiritual family through sharing their stories, praying for each other, studying Scripture, and doing ministry together. “This is about empowering Africans to teach Africans,” she said.
Last July, Helms organized the conference, “Healing the Orphaned and Broken Heart,” to bring healing to clergy and students and to train them in how to share that healing with others. Some of the clergy who attended the conference came from Rwanda and carried the teaching they received with them back to Rwanda, which has many orphans from the genocide in 1994. The Rev. Ernest Mahoro, a priest from Rwanda who attended the Conference at UCU, commented, “People have no emotion. They do not laugh or cry. The psychological and spiritual wounds have not healed. Now we have young adults who are committing suicide. This wound does not heal without spiritual intervention.” Because of this, Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, Anglican primate of Rwanda, has invited Orphaned Heart Ministries to conduct the conference in Rwanda this July.
In order to do this important work, Orphaned Hearth Ministries needs your help. Please consider partnering with them through prayer and financial support. All gifts are tax deductible.