Help for Trauma Abuse Survivors
On September 26, 2015, Dr. Mike Heiser interviewed “Fern and Audrey,” a team of counselors whose focus was victims of ritual trauma and trauma-based spiritual-psychological captivity. For those who have read Dr. Heiser's novels (The Facade, The Portent), one of the characters (Fern) in the latter is based upon the "Fern" of this team. The interview with Fern and Audrey is, to date, the most-listened to episode of the Naked Bible Podcast. If you haven’t listened to the interview , please do so.
The response to the podcast interview has been both unexpected and overwhelming, and has prompted this funding campaign. Fern and Audrey have been contacted by over a dozen survivors from across the country who “heard their own story” in what Fern and Audrey were able to communicate about their unique ministry. They expect that number to grow. The hope is that Fern and Audrey can add these contacts to the appointments they already have scheduled (this year and beyond).
As the first MIQLAT “special project,” I’ve started this Go Fund Me campaign to provide funding for people who need the sort of unique help that Fern and Audrey can provide. We’re taking the long look. The hope is that the campaign will pay for clients who need the financial help over the course of the next two or three years.
As listeners learned in the podcast episode , Fern and Audrey do what they do full-time. They have no other employment. Their real names and location were not revealed on the podcast as precautionary measures. Their ministry has operated this way for the 11 years it has existed. As one would expect, counseling / therapy time with Fern and Audrey involves expense: travel, room-and-board, and payment for counseling time. Since they operate off the radar, they are unable to accept insurance money for the costs involved. Some clients are able to pay their own way. Most cannot. Christian friends, family members, and even strangers are frequently the source of funding for client expenses.
Fern and Audrey describe the need this way:
“Little is done in the secular and Christian community to undertake the journey to walk with these precious people. The type and amount of trauma endured, understanding their multiplicity, compounded with the cost for ministry, becomes overwhelming for many of them. Survivors have lived under the control and dominion of spiritual beings and/or human beings their whole lives. Ministry to them is a therapeutic process that includes addressing dissociation, attachment fears, developmental trauma, as well as addressing spiritual captivity. The journey continues with offering tools to understand the body’s responses to trauma and to help relieve the trauma stored in the body. Work then can begin to rebuild relational skills and skills to live life without defensive posturing. This type of ministry is not once and done; it is a journey. The need is ongoing and urgent.”
We hope that you’ll be able to contribute in the coming months and years. All contributions to this campaign are tax deductible. MIQLAT is a 501c3 non-profit approved by the IRS.
Please spread the word about this effort!
My wife has been blessed by this ministry. There is cost associated with the building, the women working full time to help these people, and and administrative costs. Thanks to this site more help will be available for more people. Seeing it safe and change her life has been priceless to me.