On June 14, 2010 I wrote the following:

“I do love to care for people and to make Living Room things happen. Living Room is exciting. So many people coming to believe in it and wanting to start their own group.

While I was away I read a book that drew my attention to Isaiah 28:16. And it so much speaks to what Living Room should be built on:

I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem. It is firm, a tested and precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.

I’ve had this in mind all along, but somehow the way this verse is worded defines it so very clearly. Jesus is the foundation stone of Living Room. That foundation is firm, a tested and precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.”

 

And today, on March 7, 2019 I write this:

A couple of weeks ago I was extremely disappointed to hear that Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries won’t be training new facilitators¬† for Living Room groups. As a result they will not be forming new groups unless training is obtained elsewhere. Sanctuary is presently listing seven groups on their website. Those wanting to join a group will be directed to an existing one. At the present they don’t have the resources to develop more peer support.

If you have been reading the Living Room story thus far, you will understand what a serious loss this is to faith-based support for people with mental health problems. You will understand how I feel after many years spent developing the Living Room ministry and leading a group. It’s the only group support I know of for people who want to talk freely about both – their faith and their mental health. It’s probably the best mental health setting where their hunger for God’s love is addressed.

What can we do to keep it going?