Ennis F. Tait is pastor of Church of the Living God, Avondale, and founder of Project Nehemiah, an outreach ministry. This is an excerpt of a note he sent to people around the region urging action on teen suicide.
The Lord has pressed upon me to call out the demon that has stopped by our city and released a spirit of suicide in the atmosphere. We cannot sit idle while the death toll continues to climb.
There will be a number of events, conversations, counseling sessions being organized and conducted throughout the city over the next 30 days.
We want to raise awareness of a citywide epidemic that is sweeping throughout our communities. We are calling on all faith leaders, prayer warriors, community leaders, school leaders, parents and youth counselors to join us as we organize multiple events throughout the city to address this issue and assure that our young people know that, no matter how bad things may be, there is always hope.
The goal of this urgent action is to come against the spirit of suicide and denounce the challenge of “who will miss me when I’m gone” that is spreading amongst our youth.
We invite prayer warriors from throughout the city to join us at noon tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 5) to pray together following the press conference on behalf of our youth and the families that are dealing with the loss of their children to suicide. The First Ladies of Cincinnati have prepared a strategic prayer packet and are calling on church leaders and prayer warriors to pray over every school and every young person in their communities until this rash of suicides comes to a halt.
This is an emergency that needs our immediate attention. We don't have time to drag our feet from fear of who's watching. Nor do we have the luxury of trying to establish a new organization with a hierarchy. "Whosoever will, let him come."