Dealing With Depression & Suicide : Middle East
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
Our team in the Middle East have been focusing on the true meaning of life throughout March and April. With death surrounding our countries and news of destruction everywhere, people have started to feel that their lives don’t matter anymore and that death might be the easy way out.
Suicide has become a regular occurrence, especially among the youth in our region. So we wanted to convey the message that God still heals. Even in the midst of destruction, He can heal the crushed souls. We want those who think they are worthless to know that He died to give them a life worth living. Jesus was a man of sorrows, and was very acquainted with grief, so he knows how we feel. He was betrayed and hated, and the cross was His way to give us a better life.
We produced 10 videos tackling the ideas of depression, suicide, and the true meaning of life. Our core message was:
“You are not one of many, you are God’s masterpiece, the ONE He died for, If you have thought about suicide, that means you have thought a lot about your life, and that it’s not worth living, but how does God view your life? “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”
We received very encouraging feedback, with people tagging their friends to watch, and more than 12k shares of the videos. But what matters most to us is that we received messages from 8 people who admitted to having suicidal thoughts and needing help. 6 of them were connected to professional counselors at church and we pray that God continues to guide us to produce life-changing videos that really touch people.
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