Dear Forever Family,
It's late in the evening and I have just returned home from a long day of counseling. I left my home at 9am and am returning home at 9pm, certainly not a typical day but the second time this week with such long hours. As I reflect on this day, I think about the young women I worked with at the substance abuse recovery counseling center this morning, a part-time job God has provided to help with our financial situation but also a place where I can make a difference. He has already lead a few folks from the LGBT community for me to help with career and life coaching. I find God's "back doors" interesting. It is a great opportunity for sure.
I think about my fellow counselors at the center and the encouragement that we are to one another and then I remember my evening.
Tonight was hard. Probably one of the most difficult tasks in my ministry work is to sit with parents who have just learned that their son or daughter is gay, lesbian, transgender or dealing with same-sex attractions. There is always this devastated look on their faces and a yearning for some kind of hope to hold onto. Why has this happened? Am I to blame? When will this be over? The grief is often palpable, as it was this evening. Some of their pain has traveled home with me, and I cannot shake it as I write these words. These were such sweet parents, who have tried so hard to raise their child in the love and admonition of the Lord. Certainly not perfect parents (who of us has been) but having loved their child well and having done the most important thing a parent can do...leading their child to Jesus. They sincerely want to know what they did wrong but there are no easy answers and there are no quick fixes. This will be a journey, a true journey of faith, as much about their own relationship with the Lord as that of their child's.
We will walk this road with them. As the Bible says "mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep." We will try our best to keep them encouraged and to provide a place for them to share their burdens and come to a deeper understanding of the struggle in which their child is facing. We will pray with them and for God to infuse them with hope so that they can continue to be a beacon of light for their prodigal child. We will do our best to "hold up their arms" as Moses friends did during the battle when he grew weary.
This is part of the mission of New Beginning Support Ministry. And it is a privilege, honor and often sorrowful task to walk this journey of healing with families, men, women and teens who are affected by homosexuality and other areas of sexual, relational and identity brokenness.
We cannot do this alone though. Ministry becomes harder each year. There are greater and greater forces at work against us both politically and socially. I wish I could tell you that the faith community had rallied around us and are offering even greater support but that is not the case. We have lost two church partners in the past two years, and we only had a handful to start. We have fewer monthly partners than we have had in years. But we press on and God opens other avenues of provision like this second job with Hope Counseling & Recovery.
I am asking you to consider supporting us this year and helping us as we minister to families like the one I met with tonight. They need us and we need you. If you would like to discuss this with me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to meet with you to discuss this more. I can also tell you that the Hope for Wholeness Network, to which we belong, is also struggling financially and could use your support as well. I'm sure McKrae Game would love to hear from you too.