Reaching hurting people online

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despairing man“It was a last-ditch effort. Nothing else had worked. No one had answers to my questions, or comfort for my pain.

The bullying was more than I could handle and I just wanted to be free of it. I recalled seeing something on the news about Amanda Todd and voices in my head told me I would end up like her, so why bother looking for help? I should just do it – end my miserable life.

I thought I was past the point of no return, so I Googled, ‘what happens after I commit suicide?’ It was a very dark curiosity that led me to the first link that came up. The website offered someone to talk with – someone who would pray for me.

Pray… for me? Someone would do that? The smallest flame of hope flickered inside me. I began typing, tentatively at first. I was hesitant to trust someone, but the anonymity of the Internet gave me some courage. It wasn’t long before I got a response and began a conversation that would completely change my life.”

Volunteers needed

The TruthMedia outreach websites receive stories like the one above on a regular basis. It’s their desire to reach those in need through volunteer mentors and innovative Mentor Center software. Full training is given to volunteers, who can choose when to take on inquirers to talk to by email, as their time permits. Learn more. Other large digital ministries are also need such mentors, in many languages.

Felt needs

Ministering to felt needs is an entirely biblical way to share the good news, if it is done appropriately. A valuable research study on How Adults Become Christians shows that for many lasting adult conversions, the trigger that started them on their spiritual journey was a life crisis.

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2 comments to Reaching hurting people online

  • dave sinclair

    Family Life also has a program that would fit into this “Reaching hurting people online”; it is an “ementoring” program that connects trained volunteers with someone who is having marital or family problems – men help men and women volunteers help women. It is a good program and gives the ementee a chance to communicate with someone and receive helping articles free that pertains to their situation from the wealth of help offered by Family Life.

  • admin

    Thanks Dave, I presume this is the page about the need for ementors.

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