THANK YOU all SO much for being in prayer about the sexual restoration seminar!!! We SO appreciate all of you who sent notes via email or facebook or by leaving a comment here on the blog to let us know you were praying for the weekend. Several have asked since then how it went, and I am sorry it took so long to update. We have been in a whirlwind since then and this is the first chance I have had to sit down and write anything.
So, all in all, the seminar went really well. Thursday night was a highlight for us, because of so many teachers/ principles of local schools and the mayor having been there. (I posted a bit about that night in the last post.) The other sessions were held at the church, and mostly attended by more church people, from various cities, and it went well. Below is Pastor Facundo and his wife Carol, with the mayor of Camboriú:
This is, from left to right: the mayor again, three of the people that work with the government agency similar to DCFS, all desperately trying to deal with all the cases of pedophilia in this city, then Pastor and Doctor Cillani, the Argentinan guest speakers at the seminar, and Pastor Facundo and Carol:
None of the people we invited from the streets came, but we were kind of glad after we heard the content - it was all good, but I don't think it would have been the most helpful for them at this time. It was more geared toward equipping the body of Christ. A couple sessions were for married couples (bedroom topics), and another about how to deal with the issue of sexuality with your children/ teens, and a session about homosexuality. We found the information to be helpful, especially that of working with transexuals and homosexuals. We bought four copies of their book, and plan to enroll in their distance learning course (from Argentina) to become certified as sex educators in order to be able to give talks in the local schools on some of these topics - like abstinence and the truth of STDs, etc. In all of those ways, we felt it was very timely for our further equipping and that of the rest of the body of Christ.
And even though none of the people we invited from the streets came, I am still glad that we had it as an opportunity to invite them, talk to them, etc. We continue to reach out there. More on that in a post coming soon!