– Made to minister Regional Conference W/Carl & Laura Chica from Salem Heights Church.
– The Unfortunate Reality of Oregon’s mental illness epidemic among children and adolesence; they have the highest rate of suiscide attempts, depression, and anxiety in the country and don’t have the help they need to meet the need with licensed professional counselors.
– Most folks are having to wait several weeks to receive help, so they’ve bee working
– Suicidality; 4 pepople above the national average
– 1,800/kids per national helath professional vs. Oregon’s average 10k/kids per national health professional
– One of our children has walked through mental illness, so it has prepared us for what God had brought to us as the church.
– Their church need began to be known among the community to where they were receiving a great response for real help that the state and state sponosored help wasn’t able to provide help to the extent they were able to provide.
– Over n’ Over again, they noticed the church and the church commiunity was able to provide a sense of purpose and help, namely Christ, that people were able to experience real hope and life change.
– Most of those who struggle with mental illness isolate themselves, but the biblical community of the church helps provide a loving accontablity.
– Made To Minister is “made” to come along someone who needs help, ministering. The state isn’t able to accomplish that in of iteself.
– One of the struggles is that, historically, the church has reduced mental illness/struggles is that it can be resolved with more reading of scripture, prayer, etc. So we’ve drawn attention to the physiological reality of the implications of mental illness.
– The millenial generation has been labeled the therapy generation; they’re open to emotional struggles. They’re saying that 51% of them have addmitted to losing a job because of emotional dispositions and supposed mental illnesses.
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