How to Understand the Power of Trauma in Orphan Care

We are thankful to share this update from our ministry partner, Amy Block, at Village of Hope Guatemala.


Trauma. We see it every day here at Village of Hope Guatemala.

Most people think of orphan care as feeding, educating, loving and giving hope to children who are alone.

And that is true.

Yet, true orphan care goes so much farther—so much deeper—into their souls where intense fear resides. It’s in their little brains where it has been chemically altered, and in their hearts where confusion and pain exists. It’s walking with children—holding them, hearing them, crying with them, and loving them no matter how their trauma decides to rear it’s ugly head.

Just today as I walked through the Montessori classroom at Village of Hope, I witnessed rage as a child expressed her trauma.

Yet, I had the privilege of watching our staff—trained in Competent Care—come alongside this child using knowledge, compassion, and patience as they pointed her straight to Jesus, the One Who can truly heal.

“The Lord is near the broken hearted; He delivers those who are discouraged”
(Psalm 34:18).

Complete healing takes more than clothes, toys, and food. It takes someone willing to step into the pain and guide the child—hand in hand—to the ultimate Healer.

That makes all the difference.

Here in Guatemala, it takes a village—and we need YOU.

It takes those of us who give and those of us who go. It takes prayer, intentionality, training, resources, heart, and … it takes Jesus.

We are so incredibly grateful for those who have chosen to come alongside our ministry, giving their all so that these children can grow, heal, and become who the Lord intended them to be all along—whole, complete, valued, and redeemed.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).


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