Western Australia is huge. To put it in perspective for those unfamiliar with the size of the Australian continent, Western Australia (the left third of the country) is about the size of Texas and Alaska combined. But there are only about 2.5 million people living in WA, with about 2 million of them living in Perth. So that’s a lot of sparsely populated land.Today we are asking you PRAY for Western Australia. Of course our hearts are specifically with the people of the Wheatbelt region but we often pray for Perth, Brookton and Beyond. We pray this way because we recognize Perth as a center for influence and culture. We see Brookton as our, Lord willing, future home. And Beyond represents the amazing amount of other places where we hope the gospel will penetrate, work and change lives.
Changing lives is critical when we think about the suicide statistics for Australia and Western Australia. Lifeline, an Australian suicide prevention organization, released these 2015 summaries of suicide in Australia and Western Australia specifically. Western Australia represents 11% of the country’s population and has 13% of the suicides.
The high suicide numbers are what broke my husband’s heart while first visiting the Wheatbelt in 2014. You can read part of that story here: Why Australia. Please pray for Australia. Pray for those considering suicide. Pray for those working to prevent suicide. Pray for those who have lost a loved one or a friend to suicide. Please pray specifically for the Wheatbelt too.
Lord willing, we will be in Australia soon, living and working in Perth, Brookton and Beyond.