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New website looks to help churches support agoraphobics and socially excluded

A man who had been brought to the point of giving up on life due to agoraphobia is pioneering a new website for the socially excluded ...

A man who had been brought to the point of giving up on life due to agoraphobia is pioneering a new website for the socially excluded.

Ray Kay had been suffering so badly with agoraphobia 20 years back that he'd gone to bed one night praying he wouldn't wake up. The next morning God gave him the idea to design four board games, and the healing process began.

Supported by The Parable Trust with marketing and financial advice, Ray was able to take one of the games to market in 2006, finding an outlet at the time in Virgin Megastores who sold it for £3.99. Funds were raised for the Railway Children charity and an orphanage in Israel.

Now Ray's ministry Successful Failures has set up www.sidetracked.org.uk to enable church support groups to provide practical help for those suffering from agoraphobia and other fear-based illnesses.

The site, which is still a work in progress, is aimed, says Ray, "at Christians who would like to be part of a  support group and who might have got sidetracked."

Resources on offer include training courses, work projects, a musical and three games.

The musical – An Invitation To Rebuild The Lord's House – is based on the theme of unconditional love and the story of a man willing to sacrifice his life for others. It includes a script and 10 songs written by Ray, but there is plenty of opportunity for musicians and those with studio recording skills to get involved.

The games on the site are:
1 The Fishing Game – a fundraising project which had a successful trial, raising more than £3000 in five weeks
2 Sidetracked – a game about a journey with Jesus, which saw 500 people playing online. It's available as a free Christmas gift
3 The Plaiset game shortly to be tested.

Anyone wanting to get involved in helping Ray develop these resources should e-mail info@successfulfailures.com

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