|Posted by DBPower on June 24, 2014 at 3:00 AM|
Dear Friends, I read an article last week that has severely burdened my heart - the article states that there were 15 suicides here in San Luis Rio Colorado, in the first 5 months of 2014. That's an average of 3 per month. There were 16 suicides here in all of 2013; that means that the pace of suicides here have more than doubled in one year. I have not been able to get this out of my mind; it is there day and night.
I can't stop thinking about people taking their lives because they have no peace, they have no hope. I think about it when I look at the kids in the streets who have sad faces. I think about it when I talk to guys walking back from their day of work at the dump. I think about it when I sit down with couples who are fighting. I think about it when I give food to people who are out of work and hungry. I think about it when a guy washes my window or stops me to ask for money. I think about it when a teenager wants to continue their education but can't because their family doesn't have the funds to pay for school. I think about it when I encounter the addict at the convenient store. I think about it when I talk with one of the old guys who lives alone with no one to share life. I think about it when I wake up, many times throughout the day, and when I lay down...
I seem to be constantly conscious about those whom have no hope and no peace, and about the high probability that there will be another 21 people in this small city who will take their own life in the next 7 months. Every child, every man, every woman... it seems that every person I come in contact with I ask, "Will this person kill themselves this year, because they have no hope?" I do not like having this state of mind - it is utterly terrible.
At the same time, it has intensely increased my focus on helping people seek and find the hope that is available to everyone. I've never been more determined. I've never realized so much that this could be the last time, the last day, the last chance...
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in HOPE of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:1-6 NASB)
This is our message. For the believers and the unsaved. Our hope is in Jesus, and it is a great hope, one that never fades and never ends. We do not put our hope in our jobs, nor in our health, nor in our wisdom or strength, nor in another human being or relationship with them... Our hope is in the God of heaven and earth, who never fails and is forever perfect and all powerful. He is everlasting, and His faithfulness endures from generation to generation. Those who do know know Him do not have this hope. But to all who call on the name of the Lord Jesus, for all who are called according to His purpose, all who have died to themselves and picked up their Cross and follow Him... To them He has granted eternal life. He has granted the right to become children of the Most High God; heirs and heiresses to the Kingdom of Heaven. He has granted the sacred privilege and honor to carry His message of HOPE to all the lost, all the burdened, all the dying, all those who are weak and who are weary...
Please pray for us, for the Church in San Luis who carry this message, for the ministry Church Mexico, and most of all for those here in San Luis whose lives the devil wants to steal and kill and destroy! Thank you for your prayers and support...
David B. Power
PO Box 13582
San Luis, AZ 85349