Over the last year, my co-workers and I have had to come alongside many teens and their families to deal with loss, depression and the thoughts of suicide.  These have not been easy conversations to have and are long roads to walk. Just last week I had to have a conversation with a young man whose’ friends found a note while cleaning out his truck as a kind gesture.  The relief is that the note was from around Christmas… the heartbreak is that there was a note to begin with. That young man has walked a hard road and has quickly become like a son to me. These topics are scary and these youth are like family to us. So I don’t have to tell you how scary and draining it is to sit in the hospital or doctor’s offices, wondering what’s going on inside and knowing that these will likely be lifelong topics that these youth will deal with.

 

The encouraging news is that they and we are not alone. Psalm 18:2 reassures us that “ the Lord is my Rock , My Fortress and My Savior. “ The more encouraging news is that a couple of the youth described above have accepted Him as their savior this year.  Which is good because their struggles are real and they need a Savior and family of believers to walk this road with them. While it’s not a road that is easy, and sometimes comes with a lot of tears and fears, it is a road that many CAYU staff obediently walk.  We covet your prayers and support and we thank you for both!

 

Gregg Lockhart

Central Alberta Youth Unlimited

I carry my story to youth , serving and connecting them to Gods healing & comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3-11  

 

As a side note: If you are looking for resources or education around mental health issues like loss, depression,  and anxiety, Youth Unlimited has a great resource that I use often from Abbotsford, British Columbia, which can be found at http://www.lifeteams.ca/

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