Audience: Youth/Young Adults; Resource Type: Testimonies
Before coming to Living Hope, I felt hopeless. I had no real, authentic relationship with the Lord. I saw Him as an angry man who had His constant eye on me, looking for things I did wrong. My feelings are fickle. I can be worshiping God one moment, and then the very next moment, choose sin. But, I’ve begun to realize the love God has for me, and that’s changing my heart.
“I’m attracted to guys” was what I told my parents for the second time in January of 2010. I’m not perfect, nor are any of the ones who came to this ministry before me, but I can honestly say I’m the most content and stable I’ve ever been, and that is a direct result of the work of Christ through the ministry of Living Hope. Not only has it changed my life and the life of my family, but also my family and I have had the privilege to refer people around us to the ministry and point them towards Christ in the area of sexual and relational brokenness.
I lived with her for about a year, and even though I was ignoring the Lord, he was not leaving me alone. He would speak to me in the strangest places, and at the most inopportune times. One night I woke up thirsty. I stumbled through the house to the kitchen for some water. Opening the refrigerator door illuminated the inside of my arm, which bore the imprint of my girlfriend’s tiny cross necklace. In that moment the Lord spoke to me and said “I’m not leaving you.” I was furious.
It was June 26, 2012 when a good friend of ours sent us some screen shots of an Instagram conversation that rocked our world. Our daughter announced she was in a gay relationship. We didn’t know how this could happen to us… this is our story.
As the son of a Music Minister in a Baptist church, I always thought I had to be a model of purity and holiness. When I struggled with my sexual identity I didn’t know where to go. This is my story.
by Susan, 55 For most of my adult life I chose to believe the lie that I had a normal childhood with loving parents. The truth was I was a broken woman raised in an abusive home by broken parents. By the age of six I had experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and had … Read More »
by Sarah, 31 My first event with Living Hope was the banquet in 2012. At the banquet I heard the stories of men and women whose testimonies were not too different from my own. Stories of terrible pain and abuse – wrongs that should never be done to any of God’s children. Stories of rebellion … Read More »
By Samuel All it takes is a cursory glance at our world to notice that everything seems centered around getting people to worry about themselves. From multi-million dollar media campaigns to the songs sung in our churches, the message is that my personal preferences are of the highest priority and seeking after those things are … Read More »
by Christena, 23 Three years ago I was sitting in a Living Hope banquet, flipping through one of these magazines, trying to stay focused on getting home to my girlfriend so we could go out to the bar. She did my hair that night. I remember how ironic all of it felt. I sat there … Read More »
My name is Samuel; I am 24 years old and I have the pleasure to serve as Ricky’s assistant in the office. I have been a part of Living Hope for going on 9 years now starting 600 miles away as just another part of the online web forums. I would like to start tonight … Read More »