**TRIGGER WARNING** This blog talks about suicide.
Yesterday I went on a Christian Heritage walking tour of London.
1) I’d really recommend it and 2) there’s one person I learnt about I’d like to tell you about, Edward Chad Varah. Sound okay?
Varah says: "I made my debut in the ministry by burying a 14-year-old girl who had killed herself when her periods started, thinking she was ill. Then I read that there were three suicides a day in Greater London and I realised there ought to be an emergency number for suicidal people.”
On 2nd November 1953, Edward Chad Varah, a vicar and writer-cartoonist, answered the first ever call to a brand new helpline for people contemplating suicide. In the summer of 1953, Chad was offered to be in charge of the parish of St Stephen in the City of London, this gave him the time he needed to launch what he called a '999 for the suicidal'. In Chad’s own words, the service was just 'a man willing to listen, with a base and an emergency telephone'. This is known today as “Samaritans” an organisation of 20,000 volunteers. When I heard about Edward Chad Varah Zechariah 4:10 sprung to mind which says:
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
Maybe there’s something you dream of but it feels too small and insignificant. The Lord rejoices to see the work begin. Be encouraged that God is using you in small beginnings. What might God be asking you to do that could impact Britian and beyond? Seemingly a bleak event resulted in God using Chad Varah to impact a nation. Maybe your friends are suffering or you are suffering? In Romans 8:28 it says:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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