The pureHOPE team across the country enters 2012 with high expectations and excitement about the opportunities before us. In this video, Noel Bouché describes our vision, mission, and a few of the projects we will undertake in the new year.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2dR82JbWJ4&rel=0]
In this segment from our 2011 annual banquet, Dan Martin, director of our purePARENTING ministry, describes our goals for this ministry and our vision for 2012.
“So many of us as Christian parents get focused on protecting our children…but we then fail to equip them for a life of purity.” Dan Martin
In this segment of our 2011 annual banquet, pureHOPE Seattle advisory board member Steve Fenton shares his journey from sexual addiction to healing and recovery, and how God used the ministry of pureHOPE in his life.
The Jerry & Patty Kirk Award is given annually by pureHOPE to an individual who has made a significant impact in protecting individuals and families from the harmful effects of pornography, sexual exploitation, and sexualized culture. Formerly the Family Protection Award, the honor is now named for pureHOPE’s founder, Rev. Jerry Kirk, and his wife Patty, who have tirelessly worked for decades to educate, protect, and advocate for
children and families in a society that is increasingly sexualized and thus hostile toward innocence, integrity, and virtue.
This year, we presented the award to Ron DeHaas, founder and president of Covenant Eyes. Ron’s vision and leadership has made Covenant Eyes the leader in online accountability, and its software products and educational resources are revolutionizing how Christians think, act, and live out the gospel in the digital age. With over 100,000 users in over 150 countries, Covenant Eyes’ accountability software is literally saving lives, marriages, and families and allowing men and women everywhere to live in the light where there was previously only darkness.
We are privileged to call Ron a friend, and to partner with the entire team at Covenant Eyes. They are truly leaders in Internet safety and advancing the freedom and wholeness offered to us through faith in Christ. pureHOPE is pleased to honor Ron DeHaas for his leadership and courage with the 2011 Jerry & Patty Kirk Award.
The highlight of our annual banquet was the amazing and inspiring story of redemption and restoration Shelley Lubben shared with the audience of almost four hundred. Living on the streets as a teenager, reduced to prostitution and stripping for survival, then caught in the abuse and exploitation of the porn industry for two years, Shelley was delivered from bondage by the love of Christ. Now married, a mother, and founder of the Pink Cross Foundation, Shelley brings hope and healing to women trapped in the sex industry and men caught in sexual addiction across the country.
Her story had the audience in tears, then grateful applause; it is a tale that embodies the power of the gospel. We are thankful for Shelley’s courage, for her grace, and for her friendship that we trust will be a strong partnership for many years to come.
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We want to thank everyone who attended our annual banquet this Thursday in Cincinnati. It was an elegant and incredibly moving evening that celebrated the work of pureHOPE and the amazing ways God is moving and transforming lives. The pureHOPE team is grateful for the privilege to serve God and touch lives through this ministry, and for the kindness and generosity of thousands of supporters across the country. We are especially thankful for the generous response of the almost 400 attendees who joined us for the evening.
Watch for video highlights of the event in the coming days, including presentations from pureHOPE staff; testimonies of those who have been impacted by our ministry; remarks from Ron DeHaas, President of Covenant Eyes and recipient of our 2011 Jerry and Patty Kirk Award for his work to protect families and impact lives; and of course the remarks of our featured speaker, Shelley Lubben, founder of the Pink Cross Foundation.
Until then, enjoy this brief video from the banquet that highlights the impact of pureHOPE events this past year. We hope you will help us touch more lives in 2012 as we continue to pursue a world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness by providing Christian solutions in this sexualized culture.