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Hello! I want to welcome you to my page Trauma Mama. I use the name "trauma mama" because I am a regular person, just like you, trying to be the best mom, sister, wife, friend she can while having also experienced potentially debilitating pain and trauma in my life. Although I always knew something was majorly "off" in my growing up years, I did not acutely connect with all that had occurred until I myself became a "Mama". So I affectionately coined the myself "Trauma Mama" years ago.

I am the happy wife of one good, imperfect man who has learned, grown, (moaned!) and banged his head against a wall along side me for 19 years (as by very virtue of being attached to me, my story of trauma became his). Together we have four beautiful humans whom we attempt to raise 😏😆. They teach me every day that beautiful things can indeed come from hard places. I will slowly unpack my story here as we share little truths and small ponderings on pain, trauma, joy and healing. Welcome aboard, friend!

Hey friends,

Thanks for all of you who prayed and are praying for “Mary”. We would love to know who you are and where you are from, so that we can pray for you too.
Can we know who are praying for Mary?

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...spent some time with the HPC Siem Reap team walking through one of the slum communities they serve. They’re doing an incredible job, and I could tell by the way the kids lit up when they saw us. The Father’s heart is strong and evident in this amazing team... #hpcsiemreap #hardplacescommunity #godlovestheslums

...jackfruit spring rolls with cinnamon ice cream and dragonfruit sauce? Uhmm. I have a new favorite thing. Proud of the HPC Century 9 crew! They just opened this week and they’re killing it!
#punlokthmeymen #hardplacescommunity #century9

May your journey be full of friends who inspire you...may your eyes have the grace to see the heroes in ordinary places around you.

#hardplacescommunity #myheros #friendsincities
Photo Cred: @allimellon

A few days ago, our team in Phnom Penh rescued a young boy from the riverfront. Only twelve years old, he’d been bought and sold his entire life by the woman who owns him. She is of no relation to him, yet has forced him to beg on the streets until he drops, with a broken collar bone. During the sting operation, this boy was brought to freedom, but to our surprise he came with a two year old toddler slung around his neck. Toddlers are often used to entice people on the streets to give more money to the beggar children. These babies are heavily drugged to keep them compliant, and they lay in a drug-induced stupor around the neck of an older child all day long. Two beautiful children rescued and brought into the safety of our HPC home! This is family.


@thehardplacescommunity @allimellon #hardplacescommunity #phnompenh #cambodia #friendsandcities #sonsanddaughters

Hard Places staff adding their powerful prayers, in words and writing, at BangKaut Thmey Art Centre this morning 🙏🏻🙌🏻🔥 #hardplacescommunity #bangkautthmey

Tonight I am thankful for these mighty friends who inspire me with their dedication, commitment, and passion. You fill my heart with joy! I am blessed to have friends like you!
#stirringcambodia2018 #hardplacescommunity #friendsandcities

Not sure words can describe this week. We had an amazing retreat with all of us here at HPC and the Stirring team visiting from Redding California. The Holy Spirit showed up, worship was wild, walls came down, fears were burned, 3 people (that I know of) were physically healed, the lost ones were not only found but awakened and inspired, and a fresh breath of life was breathed in all of us. Now for some rest! 🙌
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Not sure words can describe this week. We had an amazing retreat with all of us here at HPC and the Stirring team visiting from Redding California. The Holy Spirit showed up, worship was wild, walls came down, fears were burned, 3 people (that I know of) were physically healed, the lost ones were not only found but awakened and inspired, and a fresh breath of life was breathed in all of us. Now for some rest! 🙌
#StirringTheNations #HardPlacesCommunity #FriendsAndCities

I just kept hearing that song...”When you walk into a room..everything changes..” as we walked the slums and the temples in Siem Reap. Our HPC team is bravely carrying Jesus with them sharing His light and love.
#stirringcambodia2018 #hardplacescommunity #HPCheros

Not sure words can describe this week. We had an amazing retreat with all of us here at HPC and our @stirringchurch team visiting from Redding California. The Holy Spirit showed up, worship was wild, walls came down, fears were burned, 3 people (that I know of) were physically healed, the lost ones were not only found but awakened and inspired, and a fresh breath of life was breathed in all of us. Now for some rest! 🙌
#StirringTheNations #HardPlacesCommunity #ThisIsCambodia #FriendsAndCities

Stirring around the world!
#stirringcambodia2018
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Our team in Phnom Penh met with the boy who was our first official “case,” years ago. After being sold for sex every night to foreign men, our HPC crew worked with authorities to rescue him. Now he has a job, he’s safe and thriving. He’s fourteen years old; he was found, pursued and rescued six years ago, as an eight year old. Countless stories since then. Worth it all.


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“The grace of compassion will broaden your prayer life. It takes your eyes off yourself and onto others.” Glandion Carney #thewayofgrace #prayalways #hardplacescommunity

Yesterday morning we helped with the #HardPlacesCommunity Christmas party! They rented an entire soccer field complex and had a Christmas carnival and pageant. It was such a blessing and honor to be a part of giving some of these kids the ability to just be kids for a few hours. #ChristmasInCambodia

We were blessed to hear from our friends @thehardplacescommunity this morning! If you're interested in investing in, or learning more about this ministry, don't miss Dine Against Darkness on November 30th at 6:30PM at Hal & Mals.
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The Pong are proud to be partnering with @thehardplacescommunity in 2018 to open a training restaurant that will help a generation of young men in Cambodia learn valuable skills and find meaningful employment in an environment that restores dignity and encourages dreams. #pongVslavery #pingpongathon #thepongAU #jointeampong #theunderdogwillrise #2017pong #pongon #500Ktarget #tabletennis #pingpong #serveupsomejustice #servejustice #justice #freedom #hope #thepong #hardplacescommunity

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