Teach Ministries: To Educate About the Consequences of Homophobia

Mary Lou and Bob WallnerTo those of you who sign our guest book, please keep in mind that it is just that, a GUEST book. When we sign a guest book, it is usually in a person's home, thanking them for their hospitality, or it may be in a church simply giving our name and address. If you have an opposing view to our view about homosexuality, please feel free to contact us directly. We want our web site to be a safe place for those who may be hurting. Thank you so much!
Mary Lou and Bob

  February 7, 2008
Dearest Mary Lou and Bob,
I found an article about your struggles in an old People Magazine a doctor's waiting room. Thank you for your courage, your willingness to have an open mind, and for your love. I grew up Roman Catholic, and had a very difficult time accepting my own sexual orientation. Prayer and meditation, and, moving to the Lutheran Church, helped me understand that, indeed, God makes no mistakes, and that God loves me, as I am, just as much as my hetrosexual sisters and brothers. My family, close and extended both, have had their struggles with "us gay kids" {there are quite a number of us in our family!}, but through the grace of God, have come to accept our orientation. Your ministry is a blessing. What an incredible tribute to your dear daughter {who, by the way, is a beautiful soul, both physically and in her spirit}. I know she was with you in your struggle, and continues to be with you as you provide an accepting, loving place for the GLBTA community. Thank you for all you are doing, and thank you for your witness to those who insist on a vengeful, judgmental God who "hates" her/his Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans children. That's not my God, and I'm so thankful that you are sharing the message that it's not your God, either. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My prayers are with you.

  February 3, 2008
Dear Mary Lou and Bob,
I saw the movie' For the Bible tells me so" and was so touched by your story. I am a gay man born in India and now living in Canada, when i came out to my parents, my Dad was speechless and left the room, my Mom held my hand and asked if I was happy, I replied ' yes'. She then said that it was okay with her and she would love and support me no matter what. I am truly blessed that my Dad did come around and said that his Catholic up-bringing taught him that homosexuality was wrong, but he understood and it was okay with him. My parents have both passed away, and I am so happy that I had their love and support ,and the support of all my 8 siblings. I know that through your loss you are doing an amazing ministry, please keep on doing what you are doing in loving memory of your precious daughter.You make her very proud. God bless and continued success with changing the world one soul at a time. BTW I ordered the DVD the very night I saw the movie, and intend to show it to all my family and friends.

  January 29, 2008
Mary Lou & Bob,
You may remember me.I was one of the 200 of Mel White's Soulforce members that met with Jerry Falwell, not so many years ago. I remember listening then to your story and being so broken hearted. Frankly, I was surprised myself that somehow I had not gone the way of your daughter and taken my own life. I came out at a late time in life and was rejected by my parents, siblings and friends. But you gave me hope that my parents might one day come around. Well they both did and I can say that I have a wonderful, full relationship with Mom and Dad. My father is getting close to death with his progressing illness, but I am so very glad that I had hope to endure until he once again welcomed me into his home. Being a Gay man and having the loving embrace of your parents is so very wonderful. Thanx for the work you are doing in Anna's memory and know that your work touches so many lives and give hope and love and grace.

Love ya,

  January 23, 2008
I just wanted to say what kind of a great blessing this website is. It has really helped me as an active member of the LGBT community. I am hoping that tihs will also enlighten my family as well thank you so much
  January 23, 2008
What a wonderful way to "right" a "wrong". I found you while doing my own research. God will bless this.
  January 20, 2008
I am so honored to know that you are doing this work. Thank you for all that you do! We at God Bless Humanity are so proud of you and thank God for you!

peace & blessings, Gayle

  January 18, 2008
thanks for being there
  January 12, 2008
A Christian friend led me to your website. I wept when I read yours and Anna's story, but felt so heartened and grateful that you are sharing with the world your transformation and acceptance. I am an out lesbian and have been in a committed relationship for 21 years. My daughter,36, who is a devout Christian, has rejected me. My heart felt a little less heavy when I found you and your message of love and acceptance. Your courage, tolerance and embracing of gays and lesbians is a gift to the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  January 11, 2008
Mary Lou and Bob

WOW! I just saw For the Bible Tells me So in Toronto, Canada and was blown away by your story! It was a POWERFUL piece of film making and your story was so compelling and brought me to tears.

Thank you so much for your generosity and courage in sharing your story with the world! Your daughter did not die in vain. You and your husband along with your daughter's spirit are helping thousands of people.

As painful as life can be, everything happens for a reason. You have truly found your purpose in life and that's a beautiful gift from your daughter. Blessings to you as you spread your message of love, tolerance and acceptance.

  January 11, 2008
Thank you for existing, and for being you!:)
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