Help Focus to be a Beacon

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

I was recently reading this scripture of trusting in the Lord. As I survey the family landscape in Australia, I am saddened that most find this difficult, almost impossible when challenges arise.

We receive calls and emails in the office each day seeking our support because the ‘heat’ and ‘worries’ of life have become overwhelming. We are here to serve families across the nation, especially after last year’s disruptions due to lockdown. Financial, relational and psychological stress have placed enormous pressure on family dynamics. It is an incredible privilege to be able to provide encouragement, prayer and resources to those in need.

We have also seen a rise of domestic violence in this past year. In a recent survey, two-thirds of the women who had experienced violence stated that it occurred for the first time or intensified when COVID-19 broke out. We recognise and acknowledge that men can also be victims in times of stress.

These statistics show the impact and pressure being brought to bear, in some cases leading to the disintegration of families and marriages even amongst Christians.
Although emotional abuse may be less obvious than physical abuse, it can still have devastating effects on the mental health and wellbeing of adults and children.
These all contribute to the breakdown of the family and can be compounded by addictions to pornography, drugs and alcohol.

People like Jenny (not her real name)
We are a Christian couple married 20 years and hit by infidelity and addiction. My heart is so broken I can't even pray. I am far from perfect or good but this affair has
rattled me severely. I am so lost. I have lost my bearings. Can you help with this?

There is an urgent need in a dark world to stand up for families and against the disintegration of the family unit.

Focus is here to educate, empower, encourage and empathise but we need your support both financially and prayerfully to enable us to continue to provide hope in a hurting world.
To be the beacon who helps people in their times of need and ideally prevent troubles arising in the first place.

Our ministry relies on donors like you, who allow us to keep presenting a God honouring view on marriage and family. Your support enables us to guide people through their difficulties via radio, social media, website, downloadable and pastoral care.

If you have benefited from our ministry but have not given recently, can I ask you to consider giving your best donation to Focus on the Family Australia?

To our regular supporters, we so appreciate your faithfulness. Your tax deductible giving at this time enables us to continue to produce resources, radio content and maintain the ministry of Focus.

Let us all be reminded of placing our trust in the Lord, so when we are faced with life’s challenges we need not be worried because our confidence is in Him.

Yours in His service,

Brett Ryan, CEO
Focus on the Family Australia.

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Focus on the Family Australia exists to provide hope, strengthen & restore the family. Your generous support secures our future in helping Australian families, just like yours.

Within the coming weeks you will receive a special thank you letter and tax receipt. If you have any questions please call us on 1300 300 361.

On behalf of the team and those we help, thank you.