Charitable Giving & 2018 Ministry Overview
2018 is drawing to a close and it’s a time when many people do their end of year charitable giving. I don’t often 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 outside 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 2018 please let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One significant event I was involved with this year was testifying and lobbying against a bill that was passed in Olympia. There was a bill to make it illegal for professional therapists to counsel minors with unwanted same-sex attractions. I generally avoid being politically outspoken on LGBT issues as I don’t want to come across as anti-gay to the gay community, I want them to feel safe to come and talk to me. However when laws are being made that keep people from being able to get the help and support they need, then I need to speak out on their behalf. I testified before a House hearing committee, and spent time visiting representatives individually to lobby against the bill. The bill did pass and it is now illegal in WA State for a therapist to counsel a minor with unwanted same-sex attractions. I am not a professional therapist and am under the umbrella of a church so I can still talk with minors who have unwanted same-sex attractions.
In looking back over 2018 (through Nov) and celebrating what God has done:
- 26 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 22 people with SSA attended a recovery group.
- 30 parents or family members came for help with knowing how to appropriate relate to their loved one. This is twice as parents as last year.
- 11 men who weren’t struggling with SSA came for help with a variety of other issues.
- I lay counseled 21 men.
- I gave my 4.5 hour seminar on LGBT issues at a church in Kent and it was very well attended with people coming from all over the state.
- I did a talk for a Mothers of Pre-Schoolers group on “The role parents play in the development of their children.” The idea behind doing this is that the more educated parents of young children are of the role mothers and fathers play in the development of their children, the more aware they can be of meeting their child’s needs so they have less issues when they are older.
- I did 2 workshops on LGBT issues; one at a conference in Richland, WA and one at a church in Renton.
- I spoke at a Sunday School class at a church in Seattle on transgender issues
- I taught twice at a Bible school course, once on transgenderism and once on homosexuality
- I finished 3 recovery groups in May with a total of 29 participants
- I taught a 1.5-2 week course on sexuality at two “Youth With a Mission” counseling schools. One of them was in Switzerland and I was also able to do 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’m currently leading a weekly group for men struggling with unwanted SSA that new men can join anytime.
- I’m leading an 8 month Journey program for people with a variety of issues and have a team of 5 leaders working with me.
- This is my second year leading a 9 month group for men dealing with sexual addiction and have 2 leaders working with me.
One exciting development is that we’re now offering help in Spanish. I have someone who speaks Spanish fluently who is available to help people dealing with this. You can check out the Spanish section on the website here.
In looking forward to 2019:
- I’m doing 2 workshops at the Lutheran Congregational in Mission for Christ (LCMC) denomination’s annual Regional Leadership Conference. Pastors and ministry leaders from several states will be attending and I’m doing 1 workshop for pastors and one for ministry leaders on LGBT issues.
- I’m scheduled to do 4 workshops at the NW Ministry Conference.
- I’m scheduled to teach on sexuality at a “Youth With a Mission” counseling school in South Africa and another one in Switzerland.
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.
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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