COMMENTS ON OUR BASIC COUNSELLING COURSE:
“There is so much hurt in this world. I know this course would benefit a lot of people here in Joburg.”(John)
“Excellent! Very well presented and a good mix of practical and theory” (Helen)
“Well thought out and covered every area that is required for basic equipping” (Jessica)
“Brilliant! I enjoyed the role plays and group discussions!”(Melissa)
TESTIMONIES FROM JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS COURSE
The past three years have been to say the least a roller coaster ride in a hurricane. I had never in my life felt so lost emotionally and mentally. Confusion and chaos reigned. All the things that I thought were sacred were literally thrown out for review - beliefs, ways of seeing the world, self-determination, marriage vows, financial security, significance, support systems. I was in a very dark and lonely place that I could not even try to explain to anyone around because they just wouldn't understand as on the outside I seemingly had it all together.
Through a chance encounter with Theresa, who happened to be attending newly constituted ladies meet introduced by our church pastor, I got to hear of the Journey to Wholeness course run by Olga Fredericks. I had been searching for some help to help me understand what I was going through. Through sheer grace I did the nine week course and through the tormenting emotional and spiritual pain I completed the course.
Slowly, as I applied the tools that I had been equipped with in the course, I felt the darkness lifting. I decided to do it again the following year and was amazed at just how much I had spiritually matured that year. I could look back and marvel at God's grace in my whole life, not just through the dark period. From then on, any bible study or just my life in general, took on a richer and more meaningful vein more than I could ever imagine. What I gained through all this is a sense of knowing that I don't know; an ability to detach and realize that what I call my life is not really mine - my life and all that I call my own belongs to God.
TESTIMONY FROM A LADY WHO RECEIVED COUNSELLING AT THE SANCTUARY.
I started off 2013 with having lost someone very close to me, a failed PhD, living apart from my husband for a year in pursuit of the PhD and recovering from a head injury which left me with lots of pain, and suffering from panic attacks. On the backdrop of my childhood that has been marred with constant rejection and I basically saw most of my life through the lenses of rejection. I just got a new job, and was hoping that this would turn things around. We had to move cities for the job. The job turned out to be terrible, I hated everything about it and of course all the other issues were all still there.
By the end of 2013 I was in the beginning stages of a breakdown, depressed, anxious about everything and suicidal, wishing every day that I could just die, this seemed the only way out for me. By God’s grace and strength I managed to call Olga just in the nick of time, and started counselling sessions. At first, things went slow – probably because I just wanted to get “fixed”, but I had to learn to trust the process and God’s work in it. This is where the healing began for me and I found new hope.
The counselling helped me to see what the real issues in my life were, how I was responding to that and why. There were many things that I took as truth that were merely lies. It was also a time of being really close to God and getting help from Him. We had 2 TPM (Theophostic Prayer Ministry) sessions where God came through in a miraculous way and released me from the pain of rejection and I was also able to forgive someone who had hurt me deeply. This was coupled with Olga giving me tools that helped me deal with life and a healthy way of dealing with situations when they arise. I was willing to do the work it took to change and I think this is really important for anyone who is going to counselling – be willing, keep going, keep going – Hope and a future await you!! I am no longer depressed or suicidal, I am able to cope with life much better now that I have the tools to do so and don’t feel like everything and everyone is rejecting me, and if someone does reject me – it does not feel like my world is ending.
This has been an incredible journey and I am grateful to God for carrying me through this victoriously. God has already used my situation in a way that I’ve been able to reach out to others. He has shown me that He is God and He can do anything. Coming out on the other side of this has made me know God’s presence so close, his love and care- so amazing. I thank God for using people like Olga – I am so grateful for her obedience to God. Be encouraged. -Melissa
COMMENTS FROM INTERMEDIATE TRAINEE:
I have always had a desire to help people through their struggles in life. I am happy to say I am now in a position to help them with knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Also, having lost my dad during the course of the training I have a better understanding of how to deal with grief and as a result, it has helped me understand what people go through due to the loss of a loved one. -Patience.