In an April 6 letter to members of the Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick Warren revealed that his 27-year-old son Matthew had committed suicide after a lifetime struggle with “mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts.” As he prepares for the anguishing task of sorting through Matthew’s belongings, Pastor Warren announced on Twitter that money from the sale of his son’s home will fund a new mental illness ministry.
Prayers and words of encouragement continue to pour in for the Warren family.
@RickWarren His light will continue to shine thru that ministry.
— Love Haitis Children (@ladyworship) April 18, 2013
@RickWarren so encouraged by your tweets. Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time.
— neurogenicbladder.me (@TrudyTriumph) April 18, 2013
— Find Solid Hope (@findsolidhope) April 18, 2013
@RickWarren my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I'm glad to hear of the new ministry, as so many of us are afflicted with this GBU
— Jennifer Polanco (@JenLaBelleFille) April 18, 2013
@RickWarren I am praying for you and your family! May the new ministry do much good!
— Mike Sharkey (@hullbysea) April 18, 2013
My compassion & prayers for you @RickWarren as you go through Matthew's property. Bless the new mental illness ministry.
— jon shonebarger (@JonShonebarger) April 18, 2013
@RickWarren Please let us know how others can help in the mental health ministry.
— Dr.DebraHarper,Ed.D. (@DebHarper) April 18, 2013