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When I read “The Compass” this month and saw that Trinity was celebrating 15 years I realized that my “thank you” was LONG overdue!! Of those 15 years I’ve been
seeing [my counselor] for the past 10 years, and of those 10, I’ve not been financially able to pay for the past 8. Our insurance changed after 2 years and
we have had multiple financial trials but [my
counselor] continues to see me. Thank you for allowing me to continue [in my counseling] even though I could not afford to do so!! I first walked through the doors of Trinity 10 years ago, bleeding, beaten, and half dead from a childhood that was more
like a battlefield than a childhood. To say I was terrified would be an understatement!! I am no longer that terrified child! To help you understand the degree of healing that has taken place and continues to take place in me I will share with you this very personal thing: I have been married for 28 years. Of those 28 years I’ve consistently cried in certain circumstances. About 6–9 months ago my crying has stopped! This is just one of the MANY ways I have experienced, and continue to experience healing. As I ponder it, I realize it’s like being invited to dine at the “King’s Table” at no charge. God really does redeem, rebuild and restore and for me He has done so through Trinity….The healing I have received through Trinity reminds me of the gospel. Your supporters have “paid the price” (literally!) for me to be a whole person, not that terrified child that walked through the doors 10 years ago. Due to your continued financial support I have not passed down to my four children the generational baggage that was handed to me. For that I am eternally grateful!
Not long ago on a visit with my counselor at Trinity Counseling, I confessed that I did not know what to say other than, emotionally I felt pretty numb, and my mind seemed blank most days. I could
have felt embarrassed at spending the money (Trinity's and mine) and taking his time that others could have certainly used to express their problems. Yet, he patiently and kindly listened to my small
offerings that day and seemed undisturbed at the long periods of silence. Although I knew something deep was taking place during the silence, I could not imagine what it was.
It was only after I left that I realized it had been one of our most significant meetings. I left feeling truly valued as a person, valued enough that he did not merely endure the silence, he entered into the silence with me. In doing so, it seemed that he sat with me in a very dark, painful place of my life, a land and place of no words. His being with me in that still, numb, silent place was like the healing balm of Gilead, or Aaron's oil flowing down from the very throne of God over all my fears of rejection at not having anything seemingly valuable to bring to the table that day. That seemed pretty amazing to me in light of the fact that we live in a world where the ability to express oneself verbally is our main and most valued form of communication. I found much more than acceptance that day. His ability to join with me in this silent place of suffering validated my entire personhood.
I don't know how I would have made it over the past year had it not been for Trinity. There is no doubt that God is alive and working through your ministry to reach out and touch so many hurting lives including my own. May God bless you [all] and your ministry!
Dear Trinity, thanks for everything! Because of the staff and Trinity Counseling I can fulfill my dreams to go to Auburn University. I've had this dream since I attended my first AU football game. I have worked hard in the classroom and earned a spot in the greatest college on earth! Thanks to you passing this car on to me I am able to go.
I came to Trinity Counseling broken and discouraged. I wanted to end it all. The only thing that kept me going was a small business that consumed my time and energy. I felt like David in II
Chronicles 20:12—"powerless and without a plan."
My first counseling session gave me hope. I knew I needed to heal, and that it would be a long hard process. The most wonderful gift God gave me during those first two years was sleep. Miraculously, I could lie down and go to sleep every night. I often woke up depressed, as the horror of it all hit me again.
Since that time I have made some positive changes, and am now facing other challenges. Trinity gave me the skills to deal with these circumstances, make intelligent decisions, and move forward with confidence and faith.
Trinity showed me the freedom I have in Christ. I learned to set boundaries, then how to extend them. I have learned not to give my power away, and to use it wisely.
I was in counseling for two years. My counselor was tender-hearted and tough-minded. I thought of quitting more than once. But the Holy Spirit kept nudging me to continue: "It is not time to leave yet. You will both know when it is. Don't go away mad—go away healed.
Now I am healed. I enjoy each new day. The desire of my heart is to reach out to others as Trinity reached out to me. II Timothy 1:7 is the verse I have claimed for my life: "For God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of sound mind." As my faith increased through counseling, my fear decreased.
God has restored the years the locusts have taken. "Call unto me and I will answer thee, yea, I will show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." (Jeremiah 33:3)
May God richly bless you and your ministry at Trinity Counseling. Thank you for the comfort of your care, for the unconditional acceptance you provide, and for continuously giving me hope and encouragement for a brighter future.
Thanks for helping restore me to my Hope. The journey home is unpredictable and frightening but it feels good to be traveling again.
As part of your Isaiah 61 mission, your presence and participation [through my grief] helped to bind up this brokenhearted soul. The Lord is holding me so closely I can't help but be at peace… God bless you for ministering to me and my family, at this bend in the road….
I just wanted to send you a note to tell you how much I appreciate you. Your friendship means so much to me and I can honestly say you have and continue to save my life. I thank you for hanging in there with me and never growing weary. I know you hold my hope for me—knowing that gives me faith that soon I can hold it myself! Thank you for your patience, compassion, understanding, hope for me, honesty, wisdom—and the list could go on and on. I am unable to thank you enough and this note doesn't even scratch the surface of my appreciation. Words can't describe it. WOW! I thank God every day for the work He is doing through you.
We thank you so much for your service to the Lord—and us—through the ministry at Trinity Counseling. God has mightily used you to speak TRUTH, bring HOPE, and spur ACTION in the midst of life's challenges. We know that this ministry must be a family affair, so we ask God's blessings of truth, hope, action and JOY on your lives…for…the result of your service to us has been JOY again!!
…Through you, as my counselor, my heart has been touched and changed in some really profound ways. Through you I experienced acceptance, belonging, love and knowing that someone really believed in me. And I didn't experience and receive those easily; it was with much work on your part. Thank You! I remember the first time you ever prayed for me in your office. The only words I remember you saying were that you asked God to send many friends into my life and then you said, "and let it begin in this office." Many time I reflected on those words. Before I could ever, on any level, allow myself to even think that you would really be my friend, I often remembered and pondered the words of your prayer. Though I was still unable to receive your friendship, I knew that you meant it because you said it to God. And so… I so want to thank you for reaching out to me time and time again. Thank you for continuing to walk beside me even when I insisted that you shouldn't. Thank you for touching and changing my heart. I will never be the same!
Dear Counselors with Trinity Counseling,
I want to thank you for your powerful and loving ministry over the past 2 years. I have received abundant healings from God through you all. How amazing that God shows me His perfect love, which I did not understand in the past but now experience how true it is through your Godly counsel and help!! I praise God for your ministry and pray that He will continue to bless you and use you abundantly! Love and Blessings to you all!
Dear Friends at Trinity,
Your compassion, words of truth, and wise counsel were an integral part of God preparing us to welcome and parent our darling [new daughter with developmental problems]. One year later, she is … thriving…her very life is a song of worship of a loving, merciful God. We are amazed at how essential the truths we learned through counseling have been on the difficult journey of the last year. To say we're grateful to you seems too trite, but to neglect to say it would keep you from knowing your part in a life transformed! So, thank you for surrendering to God's gifting, calling and anointing on your lives to serve Him through counseling. May God bless you and your ministry.