CONSULTING: To provide Intensive Prayer Ministry in an office setting to survivors of trauma with their support person and consultations via phone to lay persons, pastors, and professionals in order to develop and/or enhance their skills in working with severely wounded men, women and children.
ADVOCACY: To advocate by means of establishing networks of support in communities across the nation and the world to provide the resources for severely wounded men, women, and children according to Isaiah 58:6-7
- loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke (share the gospel of Jesus Messiah)
- set the oppressed free and break every yoke (provide spiritual warfare)
- share your food with the hungry
- provide the poor wanderer with shelter
- when you see the naked, to clothe him
RESOURCES: To provide resources in meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the wounded, facilitating their safety and healing. Resources include a community house (of women who have had severe trauma), care-giving, spiritual support networks, prayer ministry, consulting with various professional groups with sensitivity and understanding of the impact of severe trauma on local, national, and international levels.
EDUCATION: To educate communities, churches and interested organizations about the serious impact severe trauma has on men, women, and children, along with the needs and issues that arise out of this type of woundedness, through the offering of one week seminars and extended internship training for national and international students. To provide more materials through our CARE Packaging ministry which sells a variety of books, audios, videos, DVDs and articles related to issues of severe trauma.
C.A.R.E., Inc. provides consultations to paraprofessionals and professionals in this nation and throughout the world in order to develop and/or enhance their skills in working with survivors of severe abuse. Concentrating on the needs of the severely wounded and the community alike, we help provide training, advocacy and resources to community services and churches to see those disabled by severe trauma become whole and contributing members of their society.
C.A.R.E., Inc. has become a recognized source of education and support for agencies and individuals seeking to help survivors break free from the cycle of becoming abusive to themselves and others. We also have developed and are the leaders of a community based program for survivors of trauma. With an eye on developing effective networks within communities, social agencies and churches, we endeavor to bridge the gap between the needs of the survivor of abuse and resources of the community, thus benefiting both. We currently specialize in severe trauma, and as additional staff is available, the goal is to provide a general scope of services. People interested in becoming effective helpers to those with abuse issues, especially from the Biblical perspective, will find many opportunities to receive training and encouragement.
- We believe that God is the Divine Healer. Jeremiah 17:14 2 Kings 20:5
- We believe that as ministers of God’s Word, we (therapists, pastors, caregivers) are called to be witnesses to His healing power. Isa. 43:10-12
- We believe in the Sovereign Triune of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit Who is all-knowing, all-powerful, ever present author of wisdom, knowledge, salvation and redemption. There is NO God beside Him. Because He is all powerful and full of wisdom He takes that which is VERY complicated and makes it simple:
- He spoke the world into being. Genesis 1
- He created man in His image from the dust of the earth. Genesis 1:24
- He parted the Red Sea. Genesis 14
- Jesus calmed the storm with a rebuke. Matthew 7
- Jesus fed the 4000 with 7 loaves of bread. Mark 8
- Man is redeemed from sin and death by the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah on the Cross.
- He takes the complexities of life and confounds the wise. I Corinthians 1:19-20
- We believe that freeing survivors from the effects of their abuse is just a part of ‘setting the captives free.’ We realize that mind control and the effects of abuse such as fragmenting a person’s mind robs them of their identity, especially their identity in Jesus the Messiah. The Bible tells us that we are made in the ‘image of God.’ Prayer ministry helps the survivor to find their true identity in Jesus the Messiah so that they progressively move into a relationship with Him and become an active part of the Body of believers. According to the Word of God there is real power in unity with the Body of Messiah. Ephesians. 3:16-19
- We believe in the resolution of trauma and the importance of memory work with every survivor. One of the most devastating effects of trauma is the splitting of mind, emotion and will. Memory work is critical in the process of re-uniting the whole being. During the trauma, memories and feelings, along with the ability to discern spiritually, are dissociated through the use of deception, double-binds and forced vows. Each memory, feeling, and choice is then shattered repeatedly making wholeness impossible apart from the power of the Jesus the Messiah. Consequently, we see memory work as a critical part of wholeness. The integration of shattered memories and feelings give the survivor a sense of connection to reality. However, connecting memories and feelings without spiritual discernment re-traumatizes the survivor. Spiritual discernment involves bringing together truth to replace the lies with the end result being comfort and conviction of sin. The result of memory work should be a purified understanding of God. Survivors have the opportunity to know God in a unique way. Isa. 51:12 Psa. 34:18.
- We believe the Messiah Jesus want to meet the survivor in the emotional pain of the traumatic memories and His touch brings comfort and true healing. The truth about His heart and His ultimate plan for the survivor frees them to feel His love. Spiritual discernment brings together the whole gospel – His love and comfort being one part. The gospel always brings conviction of sin (when it is needed) and demands repentance. The word ‘Teshuvah’ in Hebrew often translated as repentance means ‘return.’ God often asks us to forsake evil and return to Him and He will have mercy and He will heal us. Isa.55:6-7, Isa. 58:6-8.
- We believe that no survivor should seek wholeness, integration, memories, truth, or lies, but rather, the ONE who provides wholeness, integration, and reveals all truth and deceptions. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Cheryl Knight, President of the Board and Staff Member
Cheryl coordinates the development of new project ideas in accordance to the needs of the target population. She has a Master’s degree in Messianic Studies and is Manna Congregational leader. Cheryl spends time with the community as a mentor, walking beside each in their healing process. She also presents at seminars and conferences. Cheryl wrote Surviving In Sanity, a book about the importance of spiritual warfare, and has co-authored two other books with Jo Getzinger on survivor topics. Cheryl began working in the field of trauma recovery work in 1990.
Jo Getzinger, Vice President of the Board and Staff Member
With over 25 years in the field of trauma recovery, Jo oversees and provides intensive counseling to the severely wounded. Although she has a Masters Degree in Social Work, she no longer practices as a licensed counselor because of the desire to involve prayer and deliverance ministry techniques in the counseling sessions, recognizing that God is the true healer. She develops and coordinates conferences that C.A.R.E., Inc. sponsors to educate communities about trauma and other severe abuse issues. She responds to questions from therapists, survivors, pastors, et. She develops and oversees prayer ministry provided by CARE staff. She presents at seminars and conferences and has co-uthored two books with Cheryl Knight on survivor topics.