This month, I spoke at a large multi-day Christian concert festival in the Northeast. It was our first experience airing FOTOS (Now “Lead Them Home” (LTH) in such a large venue. Tens of thousands attended. I presented a workshop titled, Caring for Christian Families of Homosexual Loved Ones. My family also purchased a vendor booth to exhibit LTH.
Over five hot days, we attended to the LTH booth from 9:00 am until midnight. In that period, we ministered to approximately 100 families or individuals touched by homosexuality directly or within their extended family. (We will never violate confidentiality either by sharing names or identifying specifics.) Here is a brief glance at some of the people we ministered to…
- A 12-year-old girl sadly told of her father’s homosexuality and asked how she could show the love of Jesus to him even as he ridicules her for her faith.
- A 19-year-old girl bravely talked of how Jesus has helped her recover from having a father involved in cross-gender activities since she was 6 years old. (Her father has since found Christ, but her own shame and pain is something she still must courageously face.)
- A 13-year-old girl who just stared… and stared… and stared. I tried to gently make her feel comfortable, but she ran off weeping. I prayed for her to return, but she never did. Before she left, I was able to reassure her that NO MATTER WHAT, Jesus loves her deeply.
- Two very mature, Christ-filled 15-year-old boys wanted to learn more about how to witness to LGBT+ friends after they repeatedly discovered boys having sex in their public school bathroom.
- Numerous teens and young adults spoke of their parent’s divorce caused by a mom or dad going into a same-sex relationship. One told of a 35-year marriage that ended just weeks before this festival.
- One middle aged woman spoke of her family being bitterly divided since a relative came out over 20 years ago. (This is not to suggest that this relatives’ coming out was the cause of such division. To the contrary, this demonstrates that in the absence of good counsel, tragic alienation and division can destroy families and their witness to unsaved loved ones.)
- One young wife spoke of her husband’s double life and her constant fear that he will leave her and their two young children.
- One mother expressed concerns about her husband’s work addiction and the impact it is having on their three children.
- Untold numbers of pastors, lay leaders and families who have LGBT+ loved ones were seeking ways to deepen their connection and be more effective in ministering the presence of Christ to their loved ones.
Needless to say, we will return and expand our presence at more of these large Christian events. The opportunities to minister to people who live day-after-day without adequate counsel are endless.
Further, I have seen that LTH stands out as very unique compared to other exhibiting ministries that ask people to sign petitions and give away Ex-Gay is OK buttons. These buttons would have NEVER cut it for me; I don’t suspect they will cut it for 99% of the LGBT+ Community. In fact, I suspect they are highly offensive. What is needed is REAL ministry to REAL people! We saw the fruit of God’s Spirit blessing our presence, working in and through us to offer Christ-like counsel to many seeking answers.
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