Australia has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, yet I’ve rarely been asked to support a Christian ministry, which directly addresses this problem. It’s a problem, which doesn’t get much air space. Perhaps the problem is an embarrassment. Australia is a blessed country. It has a high standard of living with good working conditions and the freedom to express opinions. Yet there are people, who are completely overwhelmed with distress. Prosperity hasn’t brought the peace or contentment you’d expect. It’s a need close to my heart. I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by daily life.

Fortunately for me, I found God, or rather God found me, and from a spiritual point of view it’s a great opportunity to present the gospel. Yet there seems to be a reluctance to get involved in the problem or even discuss it.

Jesus’ circle of influence was with the people in his immediate vicinity. He didn’t hide from the difficulties close at hand. Likewise, while it’s good for us to be concerned for those in difficult circumstances overseas, it shouldn’t be to the exclusion of pressing problems closer to home.