The MOVEMENT of RECONCILIATION
Our Impact in the United States, Africa, and Beyond…
The MOVEMENT of RECONCILIATION in the United States
Removing blockages. Building bridges. Creating pathways.
Historic and contemporary conflict, prejudice, abuse, and trauma have wounded many individuals, families, and communities. Surrounded by wealth and abundance, these wounds are often carried in silence and solitude.
We create opportunities for individuals and groups to come out of silence and solitude into safe spaces to experience the journey of healing and reconciliation. This growing movement is impacting more people in more places.
We have hosted opportunities for healing and reconciliation with churches, organizations, veterans, students, women leaders, seniors, Native-Americans, refugees, and many others in several different states.
Individuals, relationships, and communities are being transformed!
“Many decades of suffering are over. The experiences are not forgotten but they are no longer so important. Now I am at peace, I am healed, I am able to understand them with a new perspective and I am able to move on free from the pain.
“When and how the healing actually took place is a mystery to me. But it happened, I am now different, happier and finally at peace.
Course Participant in Minnesota
“As we were brought deep into the heart of God, I was reminded once again of my identity and gained a deeper understanding of the partnership I need to have with the Lord.
“As I left the last session, it felt like a soothing balm filled my entire being and I was flooded with peace. I am convinced that the blockage or wound that I had in the beginning was removed or healed.
Healing & Reconciliation Retreat participant
“I came to the Healing Hearts retreat in the hope that I would be able to finally put to rest some issues that I feel I was still holding on to that had affected myself and my family.
“The facilitation team was able to help me do just that. Through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, they were able to show me how holding onto the pain was keeping me from fully serving the Lord and by seeing my own role in the situation, however small or big, I was able to be content in the choice to renew or release that relationship.”
Heart of Reconciliation Retreat participant
The MOVEMENT of RECONCILIATION in Africa
Wounded people wound, healed people heal.
This has truly been the story of our movement in Africa.
Many of our African leaders have been deeply impacted in their lives by the traumas of war, conflict, genocide, displacement, poverty, etc. After experiencing profound transformation through encounters with our healing and reconciliation process, they have become reconcilers themselves, even to those who wounded them.
PCR has established country-wide movements in Rwanda and Uganda, and also supports the work of reconciliation in several other Eastern African countries including Burundi, Congo, Kenya, and South Sudan. We work with governmental, religious and military leaders, child soldiers, women, youth and refugees.
One of our senior facilitators in Rwanda reports that, in his country alone, over 25,000 people have found renewed life and restored relationships. This leads to revitalized communities!
“I thought that with reconciliation, both sides have to be present, but I learned that reconciliation begins in personal healing—I have to start with myself. I had been hoping to bring people together; I now see it can happen and it begins from this gathering.
“From now on, I’m not looking for the effort to come from somewhere else. We can carry this powerful witness to our homes, work and communities.”
“When you come we feel we are never alone, that God is with us. Many know the war is over but they do not see the silent bullet wounds in our hearts. You come and bring us words of comfort, to fill those holes in our hearts.”
“Forgiveness and repentance, I’ve just been hearing you speak of them, but I have received them in my heart. I have someone who has hurt me so much. When Mama Hellen spoke of forgiveness and repentance I heard that when I forgive, I too am forgiven. So, I have forgiven that person.”
South Sudanese Refugee
The MOVEMENT of RECONCILIATION is Expanding
New doors continue to open. New places. New people.
The Pilgrim Center has begun work in additional countries outside of Africa and the United States in recent years. In these new places among new people we have again witnessed the power of reconciliation to bring transformation.
Truly this movement is something that is needed by everyone everywhere.
We have the honor to lovingly sit with people in faith during their times of deep brokenness, burdens, bondages and bitterness. Over and over again we have seen that light is greater than darkness, hope overcomes despair, and life triumphs over death!
“When they spoke of the person we were carrying around with us I was reminded of my dad who was killed by the cartel 4 months ago. Every time I thought of him, I cried. I felt like this was going to be my life forever. Yesterday as they prayed for me and my tears were falling, I felt rest. And now as I think of him I don’t cry, I smile.”
Participant from Petatlan, Mexico
“God has been speaking to me about faithfulness. Ministry wears us down and I have been worn down. God has been reminding me to be faithful, no matter how far we have fallen away from Him. Forget what all you have done in your own strength, God is faithful and look to Him for His strength.”
Participant Guadalajara Retreat