When I feel frantic and broken, insecure and alone, God meets me in that place, tells me that He loves me and tells me it is good to be my Father.
God often does much with little. These Kenyan pastors don’t see all the resources that are lacking. They see their own bodies and energies, and have plans to do more with the resources within themselves than many of us do with the luxuries in our culture.
I am not my child’s savior. We all know this, but saying my child is especially lucky or blessed introduces a “saving” dynamic. Despite the commitment I made and continue to make to him, we are just two broken people working out what it means to live in the community and family God has given us. We’re learning together how to love one another and love Jesus. And it’s often an awkward dance.
Part of addressing mental health in the church is to ask, “Do people feel okay about having mental health needs? Can people handle being the helped instead of being the helper? Can I be okay with being a leper?”
Mental health ministry might mean your church is providing support groups or training, but it might mean stepping out to creatively meet a unique need in your church or local community.
Our team has a vision that every pastor, church staff member and volunteer ought to be able to access disability ministry training of the highest quality without having to travel further than a half-day drive from their home.