We have had a busy and rewarding past week! Our team has traveled from a school in Ohio, to a church in North Carolina, to a church in Texas, to a country club in California. We’ve interacted with parents, pastors, church leaders, women, men, 20 year olds to 80 year olds, law enforcement, and business professionals.
At Miami Valley Christian Academy, our Vice President, Noel Bouche and Director of Parenting Ministry, Dan Martin talked about s-e-x with parents and school officials. They shared Biblical foundations and God’s compelling story and design of sex. Partnering with Covenant Eyes, they helped families put systems in place to navigate the ever-changing world of technology and the internet.
In North Carolina, Dave Brown, our Director of Counseling and Support, spoke at the Band of Brothers men’s conference for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Purity is not automatic for pastors and church leaders. These courageous saints have to pursue purity like anyone else, with the hope of Christ and leading of the Spirit. Dave shared with these men some equipment for the battle.
In Texas, we had the privilege to partner with Traffick Stop an initiative to educate, advocate, and engage people on the issues of human trafficking. Tomi Grover, founder of Traffick Stop, and Noel met with East Texas area men and women, pastors, law enforcement, and advocates to discuss the church’s response to the prevalence of sex trafficking, as well as the correlations to pornography, and the normalization of sexual exploitation and objectification.
Finally, Noel finishes our long week of traveling by touching down in Orange County tonight to bring the Word to the workplace! The marketplace is arguably one of the most dangerous places for a man or woman of God on a pilgrimage of purity. Business can take us miles away from home where secrets can creep and thrive, work can make us tired and susceptible to temptation, the office is often a cesspool of the secular and over-sexualized. Men and women attending the Christian Leadership Business Forum will be strengthened in their resolve to pursue purity even during the nine to five daily grind.
Whew! It’s been a whirlwind, but a valuable thing we are reminded of this week: Folks, purity is a struggle everywhere — whether in Ohio or California, in school or in the office. Be encouraged, you are not the only one battling. You are not the only one with questions. You are not the only one to act out in doubt that God’s design is actually best. You are not the only one who has been hurt. Our God sees. And He is touching hearts and lives, healing wounds, redeeming impurities, setting His people on a trajectory of freedom and justice. It has been truly humbling to be a part of His reach these past few days. May His truth ripple out and multiply fruit in many lives– maybe even yours!
Let us know how we can encourage you! And hey, knowing that we’ll go just about anywhere, let us know if your church, or school, or fill-in-the-blank could use some of our resources and teachings at your next event.