Hope In The Darkness

If you are in a crisis situation please dial 911 (USA) or 999 (UK). CLICK HERE for a list of suicide crisis lines for every part of the world.

ifred-logoiFred.org (International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression)
One of the greatest challenges when dealing with depression is the feeling of hopelessness, that you are alone, and that nobody understands. But you are not alone, and there are many, many others who know what you’re going through – and they are a couple of clicks away.  At iFred.org you can find support groups, peer-to-peer support, learn about hope, and other resources free of charge.  They also have a list of other numbers and websites you can look to for help and support.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.  You can call 1-800-273-8255Click this link and you can find someone to chat with online immediately and find other phone numbers to call for immediate help, and also find resources to help someone you know who is having suicidal thoughts. There is even a text-for-help option for U.S. Veterans.

Free, 24/7 anonymous online chat with trained volunteer listeners – on the website or through the 7 Cups mobile app.  We live in a world where you can be surrounded by people, but still feel lonely, with nobody to turn to when things get rough. 7 Cups is an online emotional heath and well-being support service where people go when they need someone to talk to.  7 Cups is always there for you… always.  You can get free emotional support in a 1-1 chat with a trained, volunteer listener, join one or several of their support communities and participate in friendly group support chat rooms. They also offer affordable online therapy.  No matter who you are or what you’re going through, this is a place where you’ll be heard and cared for. We might be strangers on the surface, but underneath we’re just the friends you haven’t met yet.

Weird Darkness
 sometimes partners with Food for the Poor to help families in the Caribbean and Latin America. A one-time gift of $37 from your family provides food for full six months to a child or family member in Haiti or Guatemala who is starving. To give, call toll free 1-855-901-4673.  If you prefer to give online, you can click here to do so.  Thank you!

The pandemic is hit all of us in ways we never expected, but I’m sure you’d agree that the poorest members of society were hit harder than most. And when the limited help dries up, which is inevitable, many will find themselves tumbling into unmanageable debt, drastically behind on essential bills and being hounded by collectors  – a huge sinkhole opening up right beneath them. But with your help, we can equip churches in numerous communities to bring relief in these dark times. Christians Against Poverty equips local churches with effective poverty-relieving tools. Not only do they provide the immediate financial need – but they also provide resources and training so the family can climb out of poverty and stay out of poverty. They are provided the tools and education to build a future. Your one-time gift of $40 can provide emergency aid for a single person; $80 helps a couple living together, or you can give a one-time gift of just $120 to bring aid to an entire family. Help someone in poverty immediately AND in the future with a single gift. Click here to donate.

The Option Line receives a call or contact every 45-seconds from a woman dealing with a crisis pregnancy – that’s eighty women every single hour who are in need of help or counseling to learn what options they have.  If you are scared and need some expert advice, you can contact the Option Line to chat at https://optionline.org/.  If you’d rather, you can text the word “HELPLINE” to 313131, or call toll-free 1-800-712-4357.

Does life feel empty?  Is there a hole in your heart that you’ve not been able to fill?  Unsure about eternity and where you may spend it?  Click here for some thoughts by Billy Graham.


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