What is in a name: the essence of someone’s spirit and life? We name organizations as well to envision goals and ideals. Recently, I began working on a new initiative for my community to prevent suicide by ending bullying. Moms from my community joined me in this initiative.
We lost an 11-year-old in our community who committed suicide because he felt no hope because of the cruelty of other young people. During the last two years, four young people in our small town have taken their lives, and bullying was linked as a reason. Bullying leads to a loss of hope. It wrecks children’s self-esteem.
The heartache of our recent losses led to mothers looking for answers through prayer. We formed a group we named: A.R.K. (Acts of Random Kindness) Angels of Abbeville County. The idea behind our group is to stop bullying in our schools and work together to prevent any more suicides. I know that bullying is not the only reasons youth commit suicide, but a recent study Yale University found bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims.
We are just beginning to explore programs to help our youth.
I hope you will pray for the initiative. If you know of similar programs please place links in the comments below. I am linking this post with the Five Minute Friday Community where this week’s prompt is “name.”
Next, lets review last week’s linkup.
Last Week’s Top Clicked
Lisa at Lisa Notes touched on an important issue in her post that really ties in with my own walk at this point. It is so funny how God often ties in “The Most Clicked” or “My Favorite Post” with issues that I am facing in my own life. Differences do not have to separate is so true. For those who bully, it is often differences that cause them to fear and to strikeout. The bullied are made to feel inhuman and unwelcome.
We need to work together to make all feel loved and welcomed despite differences. As Lisa notes, “Our efforts are worth it when we discover the common humanity that God weaves among us all.” This is a not miss post.
My Favorite Post
By Patsy at InstaEncouragements
As I read through this post, I found encouragement to pray for my daughter and the children in my community. This post will uplift you as well.
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