December 2017

CHARITABLE GIVING AND 2017 OVERVIEW

2017 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. If your address changed in 2017 please let them know at colinkseattle@yahoo.com.

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 2017 and celebrating what God has done:

  • 17 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.
  • 13 men who weren’t struggling with SSA came for help with a variety of other issues.
  • I lay counseled 16 men.
  • I gave my 4.5-5.0 hour seminar on “LGBT – How Should We Respond?” at 5 different churches around the state with about 600 people attending.
  • I was able to meet with 5 classes of high school students at a Christian School to talk about homosexuality.
  • I did a 2 week series on LGBT issues for the youth at Northshore Community Church.
  • I spoke for 2 weeks at a Sunday School Class at a Chinese church.
  • I taught a 2 week course on sexuality at 3 “Youth With a Mission” counseling schools overseas, one in South Africa, one in Switzerland, and one in Sweden. As part of those times I also did an evening teaching on homosexuality for the rest of the base. These trainings are quite intense with teaching, small group ministry time, and individual counseling sessions.
  • I led/oversaw a weekly group for men struggling with unwanted SSA. I led the group for 14 years and this September I have another man who has stepped in to lead the group this year.
  • I coordinated an 8 month Journey group for people with a variety of issues and have a team of 5 people working with me leading the program and small groups.
  • Since September I’ve been helping lead a 9 month group for men dealing with sexual addiction.

In looking forward to 2018:

  • I’m already scheduled to give one of my 4.5 hour “LGBT – How Should We Respond?” seminars on homosexuality at a local church. I hope to do at least 4 seminars this year.
  • I’m scheduled to do a 1-2 workshops on homosexuality at a conference in Richland, WA.
  • I’m scheduled to teach on sexuality at a “Youth With a Mission” counseling school in Switzerland and may be invited to teach at more.
  • I’m teaching a couple days on homosexuality/transgender at a local course for those wanting to minister to the sexually broken.
  • I’m speaking to a group of mothers on the roles parents play in the development of their children.

In looking at all I’m doing it’s easy to get lost in all the activity, the numbers of people, the events, etc.  However what it really comes down to is people finding the support they need from people who understand and accept them. People usually come engulfed in shame, self-hatred and hopelessness. It’s my hope that as people encounter their heavenly Father in their areas of brokenness and shame that they will get a glimpse of how much they’ve always been loved and adored by Him, and as that happens their shame and self-hatred falls away.

As one young man told his parents as they were leaving my office for the first time “That was better than any Christmas present you could’ve given me”.

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

If you would like to financially support me you can make a tax deductible contribution here.