Pat Miersma is a Mental Health Nurse-Ethnic Clinical Specialist.
She and her husband, Harry — who works as a marriage and family therapist — joined Wycliffe in 1980. They served as SIL counselors in Papua New Guinea from 1985 to 1988 and in Africa Area from 1989 to 2003, where they helped establish Tumaini Counseling Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Tumaini is a joint ministry of SIL and Africa Inland Mission that supports missionaries by providing counseling, consulting and crisis intervention services.
After joining SIL in 1980, Pat served as a counselor and trauma recovery consultant in the SIL Counseling domain. From 2008-2016, she also served as the SIL Counseling Coordinator. From 2005-2018 she served as the SIL Trauma Healing Consultant, helping SIL and its partners equip churches to minister to traumatized communities using the Scripture engagement book she helped develop in Africa from 2000-2003. This book, "Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help," is now translated into 150 languages and used in many countries where SIL works.
Since her retirement from official SIL assignment in 2018, Pat has continued volunteering her time to the SIL trauma healing Scripture Engagement effort. Pat currently serves on the Wycliffe USA Board of Directors. She and Harry have two married daughters, one married son and ten grandchildren.
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