Charitable Giving and 2016 Overview
2016 is drawing to a close and it’s a time when many people do their end of year charitable giving. I don’t regularly do a formal ask for support however once/year I remind people that if they would like to support me in the work I do they can do so. The work I do at Tower of Light Ministries is completely on a volunteer basis. Northshore Community Church generously provides me with office space, meeting rooms, and an operating budget, however any personal support is done through charitable giving. If you would like to make a contribution to the work I do in helping those struggling with same-sex attractions get the help and support they need, in educating the church so that we can love people in a loving yet Biblically appropriate way, in supporting parents, family members and spouses who are impacted by their loved ones same-sex attractions (SSA), etc. you can do so here.
CoLink needs to receive any end-of-year gifts before December 27th, gifts received after that will be processed in 2017. If your address changed in 2016 please let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The end of the year is also a time when I reflect on what is God is doing through the work He has called me to do, to love Him by serving those He’s sent my way. In looking back over 2016 and celebrating what God has done:
- 10 men and women struggling with same-sex attractions came and met with me for the first time, some were one time meetings but many were for ongoing lay counseling or they started attending a group.
- Approximately 26 people with SSA attended a recovery group.
- 15 parents or family members came for help with knowing how to appropriate relate to their loved one.
- 15 men who weren’t struggling with SSA came for help with a variety of other issues.
- I lay counseled 20 men.
- I was able to meet with 5 classes of high school students at a Christian School to talk about homosexuality. Many of the students shared afterward that they had been confused about how to view homosexuality and that they now felt much more grounded.
- I was able to do a workshop on homosexuality at a sexual addiction conference.
- I was able to participate on a panel on homosexuality at an annual Calvary Chapel pastors conference with 100-120 pastors attending the workshop. Three pastors from that have contacted me about possibly speaking at their churches.
- I spoke at a gathering of 3 local churches on the topic of transsexuality and then participated on a panel Q&A.
- I gave a workshop on “Healthy Boundaries in Ministry” at the annual Restored Hope Network Conference in Chicago.
In looking forward to 2017
- I’m already scheduled to give 2 of my 4.5 hour seminars on homosexuality at churches. I hope to do at least 4 seminars this year.
- I’m scheduled to teach on sexuality at a couple “Youth With a Mission” counseling schools overseas, one in South Africa and one in Switzerland. I’ve also been invited to teach at one in Sweden later in the year. While there I offer to do a Saturday seminar on homosexuality for the rest of the YWAM base and local churches so that may happen as well.
I know it’s easy to get lost in the numbers of people coming for help or in the events and seminars being done. However, it’s when I meet with someone who is coming to talk for the first time who is shrouded in shame and self-hatred and is able to talk with someone who understands what they’re going through, who hears that God loves them with their SSA, that the attractions themselves aren’t sin (it’s what we do with our attractions that can be sinful), that others are walking in holiness with this issue and they’re not alone – that the shame starts to fall off them and they start to find hope. It’s in those moments that I’m reminded of my own journey and why it is that God has called me to this ministry – to let each one of these people know how deeply God loves them and of His desire for them to surrender their lives to Him and follow Him. It’s always my hope that in the process of walking this journey out with God that they will encounter more and more of their heavenly Father’s love for them. It really is a privilege to be able to partner with God in the work He is doing.
While your financial support is highly appreciated there is also a spiritual battle going on for the souls of those I minister to and I greatly covet your prayers. Prayer is what enables and supports the work God is doing and your prayers are greatly appreciated.
I’m very glad to have you partnering with me.
Thank you for your support and I hope you have a blessed Christmas this year.
James 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins
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