by Bethany Haley Williams, PhD
Psychologist Bethany Haley’s “perfect” life was in shambles after her tumultuous marriage ended. She needed emotional healing, but also felt a strong call to missions work. In her riveting memoir, The Color of Grace, Haley tells how her journey led her into a treacherous war zone, where she now provides care for former child soldiers and young girls used as sex slaves in Uganda and the Congo.
Haley founded Exile International, a nonprofit that implements art/expressive therapy and long-term rehabilitative care to restore and empower these war-traumatized children. Once they learn to face their pasts, they find hope for the future, becoming advocates for peace and the power of forgiveness.
Perhaps this new-found hope is best expressed by one of these courageous young souls, a Congolese boy named Andres: “In spite of war in Congo, I know that I live today because of the grace of God; He is the first and the last. He is my refuge. I know that God loves me and will use my heartaches to help others.”
For more information, visit exileinternational.org