I was sitting at a coffee shop last week (just minding my own business) being anti-social like normal. There was a gentlemen in his mid sixties sitting across from me and we both had our heads buried in our laptops. An older gentlemen then sat down next to me. He waited about sixty seconds before he started with polite conversation.
The polite conversation went from boring table talk to an unconventional religious and political discussion in a matter of nano-seconds. My new friend John, said, “What the **** is going on with all this blankety blank bathroom and gender stuff?”
At this point, I unburied my head and looked up. He looked at me and asked, “You okay?” I responded, “Oh yeah, I want to hear what you have to say about all this.”
John was 85 years old and fought on the front lines in the Korean War. He was a medic and said, “When people got half their face blown off or lost an arm or leg, I was the first guy responsible for getting them to safety. I personally put hundreds of young men in body bags.”
Then John said, “I fought for my country back then because this used to be a great country…a country worth fighting for. How is it that this same country is passing laws so that my granddaughters now have to grow up and use the same bathroom with men who think their women? What the *****?!”
Needless to say, I REALLY enjoyed our conversation. I learned about the heart of a hero that day. Someone who was on the front line of the Korean War to protect our freedom. He asked what I did for a living. “A pastor”, I replied. He smiled. “What are the chances that I would be having this conversation with a preacher?” He laughed out loud, got up and left.
If I were to see John again, I would first of all, thank him for his service. Secondly, I would share with him that I’m not just a preacher, but someone who has dedicated my life to protect his granddaughters from what’s currently going on with this sexual revolution we are currently living in.
I must admit however, this fight is lonely. Not many people want to join me in it. It’s too weird – it’s too scary. Most who do have left. There are times that I want to give up too. I tell myself that the work is too hard, it’s too lonely, and there is certainly not enough resources. But here’s the thing…I know that I can’t…I must continue this work God has given. So I’m not, and I press on another day.
I could use your help though. One way to protect John’s granddaughters is to pray and fund this ministry. Would you consider that? People are spending $3,100 per second viewing pornography. Many of them being Christian. Think about this…by the time you’re done reading this post (around five minutes) people around the globe have spent $930,000.00 on pornography.
Now, by God’s grace I do have some good news. We have received a $7,500 matching grant from the Mission Increase Foundation. This means that every dollar you give is doubled as a first time donor. This money is going toward two initiatives:
The publication of my first book by Ambassador International. It’s titled, “The Sex Spiral: Forgiven and Free From Pornography.”
The launch of our new website. It’s a new home base for men, women, husbands, wives, single, married, divorced, teenagers and grandparents to learn about healthy sexuality from a Biblical perspective.
The great news is that both of these initiatives are 80% done! The book is currently in the editing stage and will be released in the fall. The website is 45 days from going live as well. The $15,000 from this matching grant will go to finalize these projects.
If you have never supported the purity ministry of Seven Places, would you consider today? You can click here to give a one time gift or join us as a monthly purity partner. No donation is too small. Once again, your donation as a first time donor is doubled.
If you prefer to write a check, our address is:
P.O. Box 73275
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Thank you SOOO much!