It was scheduled to be a less-packed day. Do those exist in Cambodia? Don’t think so.
We began the morning with a wonderful time of worship and devotional, led by the Grace Temple team and Dixie Broadhead (who we still claim, though she has moved to Nashville).
Next, I worked with the staff members on another aspect of Compassion Fatigue, as well as a frequent experience of their clients. We learned ways to tell the difference between grief (an understandable, healthy, and necessary process) and depression. In particular, we examined the thought processes that are likely to lead to depression. These people are full of hope, which definitely fights depression. But there are so many heart-breaking situations that they face every day, it’s hard not to feel depressed. In particular, they feel they SHOULD be able to do more than anyone possibly can. That’s a recipe for self-condemnation and eventually…
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