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Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, President of the Voice of the Martyrs Korea, gives lecture at the 2017 Consultation for Women Serving in Contexts of Persecution

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Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, President of the Voice of the Martyrs Korea, is giving a lecture


Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, President of the Voice of the Martyrs Korea, attended the 2017 Consultation for Women Serving in Contexts of Persecution held at the Christian Guest House in Bangkok, Thailand from June 12th through the 15th. 

This event was hosted by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri-Lanka and funded by the Voice of the Martyrs Canada.

More than 30 female ministry leaders serving in 15 countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Cambodia, Bhutan, Morocco, Indonesia and India where Christians are facing persecution were invited to speak at this consultation.

The lectures covered topics such as psychosocial behaviors, how to defend freedom of religion facing violence, and legal actions against persecution. These lectures were given by Attorney Yamini, Mike (IT lecturer), Rev. Godfrey Yogarajah, Attorney Tehemina Arora, Rev. Mahesh de Mel, Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, and others.

Dr. Foley gave a 3-hour lecture in the afternoon on June 13th, the first day of the event, with the title “Dealing with Trauma and Damaged Emotions in the Context of Persecution and Suffering” on the subject of psychosocial behaviors.

Dr. Foley was invited to speak as a specialist in the field of clinical counseling as proven through her MA in Clinical Counseling and her Ph.D. in Leadership and Coaching.

Basing her lecture on Hebrews 10:25, she focused on Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR), which is a therapeutic method that has been developed by a group of specialists including psychologists, social workers, and anthropologists.

The human brain recognizes common stress, stress both predictable and unpredictable, social circumstances, and traumas identically. Therefore, the method suggests that when a family goes through trauma, they should reinforce their daily routines and rituals so that it may bring them the sense of stability and help them overcome the trauma. It can be said with certainty that family worship is a God-given gift to Christian families persecuted for the last 2,000 years to help them overcome any type of extreme pain, stress, and trauma.

Along with a more in-depth explanation of family worship, Dr. Foley also taught the participants how to become emotionally equipped and how to express their feelings more freely by using counseling methods such as role play, storytelling, and family sculpting.


Dr. Foley and participants are performing a role play.


Mahesh De Mel, Ministry Director of the National Christian Association in Sri Lanka expressed, “This lecture helped me and other participants to become more serious about building an altar within our homes.”

VOM is an organization that supports persecuted Christians around the world. Christians in more than 50 countries are being persecuted for their faith, and especially in Asia, women are crying out for help as they are being persecuted more than men in unseen places. The SFCR therapy I taught today is something that is developed by the secular world. However, I realized that God had already given Christians the great gift of family worship to help relieve stress and trauma for the last 2,000 years. Personally, I remember also having family worship with my mother when I was young, and it is my hope for Christians solve the problems of this age of broken families by recovering the tradition that has been lost.

Dr. Foley is facilitating a family worship role play as a method of therapy to help relieve severe stress and trauma.

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