2nd Annual Leader Retreat a Huge Success!

The Stronger than Espresso 2nd Annual Leader Retreat was a huge success! Stronger small group leaders joined together to celebrate two-days of encouragement, ongoing training and enrichment.

Brooke Jones | Carmen Ghabin (in blue)  | Stephanie Parker | Roxanne Bunkoff

Brooke Jones | Carmen Ghabin (in blue)  | Stephanie Parker | Roxanne Bunkoff

Journey of Grief white board mapping exercise to train on the healing process.

Journey of Grief white board mapping exercise to train on the healing process.

Dr. Brooke Jones, our CEO and Founder, trained Stronger leaders on new material focused on Healing the Wounds of Trauma. The training was new training for existing leaders to experience healing from trauma through the use of art, imagery, and story-telling, specifically for grief, to address why do bad things happen, and caring for the caregiver. 

Jeremiah 6:14 - "You Can’t Heal a Wound by Saying it is not there."

Personal art (pictured above) created by one of the participants in the session showing how they feel Stronger has helped them personally focus on the light and goodness of God, making way for living water to refresh and renew their lives, a change from the dry and parched seasons they have endured.  They also commented on similar stories from the women in their classes when they begin to heal.

Personal art (pictured above) created by one of the participants in the session showing how they feel Stronger has helped them personally focus on the light and goodness of God, making way for living water to refresh and renew their lives, a change from the dry and parched seasons they have endured.  They also commented on similar stories from the women in their classes when they begin to heal.

Working through our own Heart Wounds is a critical step before helping others.  As leaders it is vital to continue to strive to see not only the physical wounds, but the heart wounds that remain. Heart Wounds require care, attention and time to heal.  If they are left to heal without treatment, they can scar, become infected and cause further illness. When helping individuals who are working through healing from trauma, it is common for them to want to rush the process and “just get over it.” Healing to thriving takes time, energy, and work to go through the process.

For individuals who have faced abuse and have lived out the challenges abusive relationships take on our lives, there is a sense of grieving that is required...loss of the life I once had, loss of the dreams and hopes I had for my life, my family, my story.  Losses can include tangible items such as a home, car, job, career/industry, children, money, relationships to name a few. Loss can also include intangibles such as the dreams and hopes of what could have been.  Equipping Stronger leaders to understand the stages of grief will prepare them to help participants find comfort in the healing process that is so important.    

Thank you to our event food sponsors! 

Olive Garden - McKinney
Einsteins Bagels – Independence and Legacy – Plano

Rick Jones