Pray for Perth, Brookton and Beyond

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.screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-9-25-55-amToday 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.screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-9-23-08-amscreen-shot-2016-10-01-at-9-23-55-am

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.

World Suicide Prevention Day

I blogged recently (Follow Me to Australia) about the Perth or Western Australia groups that I follow on Instagram which is a nice way to stay connected to Australia while on this side of the pond.  One of those account @perth_life recently posted this photo which caught my attention.
Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 2.21.17 PM.pngI looked into this event and found out that today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  And this is just one of the events that is happening all over the world in order to raise awareness and give people resources to help prevent suicide.  Today all over Australia people gathered to walk Out of the Shadows.

This effort to raise awareness makes sense because suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for people ages 15 to 44.  I will be looking into the organizations for suicide prevention that are active in Perth (for example: RU Ok?) and following a couple of them on Instagram (for example: @lifeline_wa) in order to see what I can learn.  Hopefully these will be great resources for us in the future.  But for today let’s pray for those who are impacted by suicide all over the world.