How are you feeling? Many of us have found Covid hard. I have to admit that while it hasn’t affected me too badly I’m not always great with handling my emotions. Sometimes they blindside me; other times my response comes from a clear stress factor. I can struggle to manage feelings of anger, fear or depression sometimes. In the past I have sought help for this and if this strikes a note with you I would encourage you to do so too. It’s still a journey for me. But, however we deal with it, mental health is important to us as individuals and to our relationships and we need to be open with our struggles.
This is relevant to us in the UK but equally or even more so for many persecuted Christians around the world. Mental stresses can take many forms. It can be the child in Egypt that is rejected and bullied its peers because of their parents faith. The woman in Nigeria who has been raped and seen her husband shot in front of her. The man in a prison camp in North Korea who faces torture. Or the family in Central Asia driven from their home because their faith is considered to bring shame to the community.
Open Doors recognises that though physical and spiritual support is essential for persecuted Christians it would not be sufficient in itself, though each contribute to overall wellbeing. It therefore does much to support the mental health of persecuted Christians. This includes linking isolated believers together; funding a trauma recovery centre in Nigeria; running art therapy courses for Syrian children and funding “safe houses” in the “stans”. This children’s video brings out some of the pressures that bring mental health challenges.
So, any contribution you make really helps improve mental health around the world!
in terms of activities I have largely been concentrating on finalising the arrangements for the walk next week. I did another recipe tonight too-up to 49. Thanks for your support.