We here at Centurion Strong Mental Health Alliance (CSMHA) want you to know that we are very excited to work within our faith communities and local community services and providers in bringing awareness of mental health, mental illness, and suicide. We are now in the position to have CSMHA blog. And we want to hear from you!
We are constantly asked where did the name Centurion Strong come from. I can say it came directly from God, years before I knew I would be doing this type of work. He had already in planted in me what was needed to birth this organization.
The story of the Centurion that came to Jesus, knowing he wasn’t worthy, but asked Jesus to heal his servant. He must have cared for this servant greatly, to come to Jesus (a Jew) on behalf of his servant.
The Centurion acknowledged the power and authority of Jesus and believed if Jesus would just speak the word of healing his servant would be saved. After speaking the word of healing, Jesus looked out toward the crowd and spoke of the Centurion’s great faith, that he (Jesus) had not found in all of Israel.
Centurion Strong Mental Health Alliance is based upon this ‘great faith’ in Jesus. Recognizing He is a healer and in Him all things are possible. Because we recognize and acknowledge His grace towards us, we work within our faith communities, bringing training, resources, education and support for those with mental illness in their congregations.
Does Your Pastor Know…
- One in four persons sitting in our pews has a family member struggling with mental health issues
- 60% of individuals with a mental health issue first go to a spiritual leader for help
- Studies show that clergy are the least effective in providing appropriate support and referral information
We would love to hear from you. Do you have family members with a mental illness? Do you have a mental illness? Do you feel safe to be able to talk with your pastor regarding your diagnosis? What would you need, from your faith leaders, to know on how to better support you? Are you a Faith Leader who wants to know more about supporting your total congregation in regards to mental illness?
We are sharing the passages below of the Centurion’s story.
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel
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