WATCH: Kayla Stoecklein Talks About the ‘Really Thick Spiritual Warfare’ Her Husband, Andrew, Suffered Before He Committed Suicide and Says ‘It’s Ignorant’ to Try to Pray Away Someone’s Mental Illness

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Kayla Stoecklein, the widow of California pastor Andrew Stoecklein, recently opened up about the spiritual warfare her husband faced before his suicide last year.

“He was experiencing some really thick spiritual warfare too,” Kayla tells VOUS Church Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson. “That added fuel to the flame that was already blazing inside him. Andrew, though, was running to God. I mean, he was running to God.”

Kayla says she and her husband did everything they knew to do to combat his mental illness. Andrew took a break from active ministry, he regularly went to therapy, and he cried out to God and listened to worship music incessantly.

Yet on Aug. 24, 2018, Andrew attempted suicide in his Inland Hills Church in Chino, California. The next day, he died in the hospital. In the end, Kayla says, it was the mental illness that took his life.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Jenny Rose Spaudo