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Running Out of the Classroom

Hello friends, Running Out of the Classroom 4/1/2019 She stood up to share, and then she just runout of the classroom. I was confused, I had no idea what was going on. In a few minutes she returned and began crying and sharing about some terrible violence that had happened in her family. This started about 8 in the class one by one to cry and share about violence that took place with their uncles, aunts, parents, grandparents or neighbors. This ended up taking up the entire time of the last two classes of my time in Colombia. This likely was the first time they had shared these things outside of their families. This surely was healing for many of the students. The adult friend who was there mentioned she was having someone experienced with trauma healing coming to her church. She hoped to have her go to the school and help some of these students. It felt a real gift to be able to hear and share these things. Afterwards as students often did after classes they said “No one has ever come to talk to us about these things. When are you coming back?” It made me feel I should return in a year or so, something I have been wondering about. These were the last of 20 senior high school classes I had shared in those last 2 weeks. My hosts figured that it totaled at least 600 students. Do pray for these students and that the US would not enter Venezuela with the military, something that will mean much death and suffering for Venezuelans. US sanctions are adding to the sacristies in Venezuela. Shalom to you today, Jim

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