U.S. Evangelist to Share Personal Story of Near Suicide in Region with One of the Highest Suicide Rates in Europe
Jay Lowder partners with large church to host Alive Belfast Mission Sept. 22-29
WICHITA FALLS, Texas, Sept. 3, 2013 – International speaker and evangelist Jay Lowder, founder of the U.S.-based Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries and author of “Midnight in Aisle 7,” will be the featured guest at Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast September 22nd through 29th during the Alive Belfast Mission. Lowder, who has had a personal history of suicidal thoughts as well as an attempt to take his life several years ago, will be addressing the issue of Northern Ireland’s high suicide rate and how he found a reason to live.
“At 21 years of age I was on the verge of suicide,” said Lowder. “I truly believe if my roommate hadn’t come home early from work that day, I would not be standing here today.”
Figures show the rate of suicide among young people in Ireland is one of the highest in Europe, with North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds stating approximately 300 people take their lives in Northern Ireland each year. Last February, the House of Commons reported that death by suicide in Northern Ireland has seen an increase of 100 percent in just 15 years.
“In that moment when I was interrupted before pulling the trigger of my gun to end my life, I realized there was a reason for everything – including my existence,” Lowder continued. “That event put my life on a new course, and I want to share my experience with the people in Belfast who have lost all hope and may be considering suicide.”
Lowder will speak several times during the Alive Belfast Mission. Services will be held Sunday at 6:45 p.m. and Monday to Saturday at 7:45 p.m., with Saturday being a special youth night emphasis. On Tuesday, September 24th, he will specifically address the four myths of suicide, the five warning signs of someone at risk and practical, safe ways to help those in danger. Admission is free for all events.
“There is no doubt that life is hard, but death is not the answer,” Lowder said. “Some may believe there is no quick-fix solution to tackling Ireland’s grave suicide statistics, but I disagree. There is hope through God.”
In addition to events at the church, Lowder will present his youth program “Crossroads” in many of the local secondary schools. For additional information about Alive Belfast Mission, visit http://www.metropolitan-tabernacle.org/content/whats-on/alive-belfast.
Lowder has been a full-time evangelist for more than 20 years, traveling the world to address individuals at church and area-wide conferences, universities, youth camps and rallies. He has spoken at more than 350 events and has been featured on major international radio and television shows and networks including Fox “Hannity,” CNN “Sunday Morning,” Premier Radio “International Breakfast,” The Discovery Channel, ABC, Daystar Television Network “Marcus & Joni” and TBN “Praise the Lord.” He has also been profiled in print and online outlets such as ABCNews.com, Washington Post OnFaith, Lurgan Today, Baptist Press and Charisma.
Jay Lowder is founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries, Inc., an organization that exists to bring hope to individuals while inspiring others to do the same, and author of “Midnight in Aisle 7.” For additional information, visit http://www.jaylowder.com or follow the ministry on Facebook or Twitter.
Whitewall Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast was founded in 1957 with just 10 people, but has since grown to one of the most vibrant churches in Ireland. For additional information, visit http://www.metropolitan-tabernacle.org/.