Today Ryan received an email from a friend in Perth. It was an update with some heartbreaking prayer requests, an attached article on men’s mental health in WA (Western Australia) and general encouragement for us to keep working hard towards getting to Perth, more specifically the Wheatbelt. You can click on the picture below to read the full article that was emailed to us.How talking can mend men by Andrea Burns from the West Australian, gives the reader insight into the state of men’s mental health in these rural communities. She sites the statistic that, “Across Australia, about 8 people kill themselves every day, with men outnumbering women three to one.” But the article also gives a little glimmer of hope in sharing about a group of four men who are being listening ears in these communities. The “Talk to a Mate” signs referred to in this article are what broke Ryan’s heart for this area to begin with. But this battle is far from over and this article shows just one of the ways these communities are hurting.
Please join us in praying for Western Australia. Pray for these communities. Pray for the men who are out there listening and trying to make a difference. And especially pray for the men who are hurting.