My cheeks were still flushed from last Tuesday night’s conversation as I fumbled from my side of the bed to the bathroom early Wednesday morning.I work in campus ministry and had planned a late-night honest conversation for girls on the True Love Waits Movement, which promotes abstinence among teenagers and college students. So we also believe he desires that his image bearers experience sex within the covenant of marriage not because he likes rigid rules but because, as our Maker, his parameters are for our good.
We owe future generations a more robust understanding of God’s gifts of sex I believe in vulnerability.Life Way Christian Resource will relaunch their "True Love Waits" program later this month in honor of its 20th anniversary along with a revamped curriculum for its international campaign designed to challenge young adults to make a commitment to sexual abstinence until marriage.The new initiative was undertaken by Clayton King, an evangelist and founder of Crossroads Worldwide, who rewrote the entire program with the goal to introduce a modern focus on the same message that has been encouraged onto millions of youth for the last two decades. 9 - Richard Ross presents True Love Waits theme in a brainstorming session for a potential Christian Sex Education campaign. 23 - True Love Waits presented to Life Way Christian Resources management for consideration as part of the Christian Sex Education plan. 13 - True Love Waits Team conducts first meeting, Nashville, Tennessee. - Youth group at Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Hermitage, Tennessee, first to sign True Love Waits commitment cards. 1 - Six resources in the Christian Sex Education Series released. 21 - True Love Waits launched at Youth Ministry National Conference 4 Nashville, Tennessee. - First True Love Waits Newsletter released; Betsy Wedekind and Barbara Brake employed part-time as first True Love Waits staff.June 15-17 - True Love Waits goal of 100,000 signed commitment cards by the next convention was presented by 300 area youth to messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, Houston, Texas. June 14 - True Love Waits SBC Display at the Southern Baptist Convention, Orlando, Florida, with 102,000 cards displayed on the lawn in front of the Orlando Convention Center; 1,000 youth attend rally and presentation to convention messengers; messengers vote to make February of each year True Love Waits Month.But God affirmed the necessity for this conversation: this raw, messy, beautiful conversation.Here are some of my takeaways from Tuesday night’s talk: I understand the sentiment.Just because they messed up, it doesn't mean they give up."On his blog, King emphasizes that message of redemption and adds that young adults should focus on being found faithful on judgment day versus focusing on being a virgin on their wedding day, although the campaign's underlying theme is to remain sexually pure as demanded by God."I want them to be prepared for a Christ-centered, God-honoring marriage one day.I want them to be ready to raise their own children, should God grant them, to know and follow Jesus," King writes in his blog about his hopes for the next generation.Sharon Pumpelly initiates a close partnership with Uganda's first lady Janet Museveni that sets the True Love Waits movement in motion.Uganda experiences a dramatic reduction of the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate (the percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS), which in some areas was above 30%, to 6.7% of the country's 25 million people in 2006. - Baptist World Alliance partners with True Love Waits Team to provide an international display at the Baptist World Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in August, 1995. - Media interest continues to rise as over 400 national and international media to date have inquired about True Love Waits including Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Teen Magazine, Family Circle, Life magazine, The Phil Donohue Show, and many newspapers and radio stations. 6 - True Love Waits Team begins planning for a second national display at Atlanta '96 youth ministers' meeting to be held at the Georgia Dome in February 1996; plans are to stack commitment cards "through the roof" of the Dome, thus the theme True Love Waits Thru the Roof. 16 - International interest continues to rise as evidenced by a visit to the True Love Waits Team by Fano Sibisi and Kjell Olsen from South Africa to share appreciation and gain information to improve their True Love Waits efforts. - True Love Waits is presented to 15 million people as Richard Ross appears on Night Line to discuss sexual issues among teenagers in America.