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Helping Communities Heal

The headlines have been trumpeting hurricanes, earthquakes and refugee crises happening around the world. No matter what difficult event or situation may occur, people need to know about God’s enduring love. In response, David C Cook has developed crisis response lessons for organizations working with refugee children, or those experiencing trauma due to hurricanes, earthquakes or other natural disasters to help them heal.

It is designed to help parents and/or volunteers who serve young victims work through the trauma they have experienced.

This booklet contains 6 lessons, including:

  • My God Is Stronger than Any Natural Disaster
  • God Listens to My Fears about Disasters
  • Someone I Know Died
  • God Can Heal My Emotions
  • I Know There Is Life After Death
  • A Prayer Walk

We have also included expert resource articles to help parents and volunteers better understand how to interact with these children.

  • How to Help Children Who Are Grieving
  • Helping Children & Youth Cope With Worry
  • Creating Safety for the Traumatized Child
  • Understanding Refugee Children & Youth

All lessons are trauma-informed and no supplies are necessary except for items commonly available – leaves, sticks, pebbles or a piece of cloth, for example.

These resources are available as free PDF booklets. After a Natural Disaster is available in English and Spanish; and Helping Communities Heal: Refugees is available in English and Turkish.

To access the free downloads, please fill out and submit the form below. After you submit the form, your browser will automatically link to the free materials.

If your organization would like to have the lessons in another language, please indicate this on the contact form below. We will contact you about working together to co-create the resource in your chosen language. Printing and distribution would be the responsibility of the partnering organization after signing an agreement with David C Cook.

In addition, David C Cook also offers the Story of Jesus, a short graphic-art evangelistic booklet. This visually captivating resource will engage children to learn more about the amazing God who cares for them. This booklet is available in many languages. David C Cook is happy to partner with your organization if you are interested in printing this booklet. Note: printing and distribution is the responsibility of the organization.

Additional Resources:

One of our partner organizations – Back2Back Ministries – produced a video and flier to teach specific strategies for working with youth who have experienced trauma. (En Español: vídeo y folleto)

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