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

  December 1, 2007
i am a gay male. i live in missouri. my family does not accept my life style. my mom is a very godly woman. she has turned it over to god hands and she told me she still loves me but i am never allowed to bring my parnter to any family events. that is what really hurts me the most. maybe you could send me some stuff that helped you get through it when u found out about your daugther. i am also sorry for your loss
  December 1, 2007
I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story in "For the Bible Tells Me So". Our church (First Congregational UCC) rented it for a community showing last night. It was very well attended (approximately 200 people). As an openly lesbian Christian who has attended this church all my life (baptized there in 1965!) and who, after coming out to the congregation some 10 or so years ago, has received tremendous love and understanding, I felt it was very important to bring this film to our church so that other gays and lesbians could see that a meaningful spiritual life is possible if they want it. I am very fortunate to live in a city with a non-discrimination ordinance with a pretty good population of gay and lesbian folks. The State of Maine also passed a non-discrimination law a few years ago.

You have my deepest sympathy on the death of your daughter. I'm so glad you've created TEACH ministries as a way to help others; what a blessing to other gay and lesbian children. I'm sure it's been very hard to change beliefs you've held for so long. God bless you.

P.S. I've been to your beautiful state; my favorite cousin lives in Maumelle with his family. If you ever find yourself in my beautiful State of Maine, please let me know; I'd love to show you around!

  November 28, 2007
I read about you and your website in the newspaper while I was in class last week. I think it's great that you've dedicated your life to teach others. My parents are very religious, which is part of the reason that i've yet to come out to them. If only they knew what you know. God Bless
  November 26, 2007
Thank you! Amen
  November 26, 2007
My 22yr old daughter suicided Jan 18th 1996. She was a beautiful & talented successful Fresno state basketball player in her 5th year. She confessed she was a lesbian May 1995. She was tormented by shame. She left a sucide note that said she could not stay in a world where she was so successful &, now she felt she was a failure.

I read your story & felt your pain. I miss Kari so much & would do anything to change the world that she felt rejected her. The God I know is a just & compassionate God.

  November 26, 2007
Your hearts are so full of love, I can feel it just from reading on your website! May you receive the love you need to guide through this very important work!
  November 25, 2007
I read your article in People Magazine and I was in tears. I was so happy that someone understood. I have been a Christian all my life and have just in the last couple years found myself confused about who I am. I find myself thinking that I am or at least that I could be and questioning what God would say to me. I just want to be accepted and also not to have to hide who I am for the rest of my life. I am so sad for you because of what happened to your daughter but I know she would be proud of you. As I read your article, I began to identify with it because I am afraid if anyone in my family were to find out what I have been thinking, they would totally not really hate me, try to change me and definately not accept me for who I am. I am so glad you are out there to educate people and just to travel and let people know what happened to you and your family. God Bless!!
  November 25, 2007
Thank you for your work. Despite what someone personally believes about homosexuality, one thing is always true--Christ's love knows no bounds.
  November 24, 2007
Your story and truth is what changed me to hear with my heart the damaging messages of homosexuality being sin, and a choice. I used to preach that also, until God spoke his unconditional love to my heart! The verses that are quoted against the gay community are taken out of context. I long for the day we stand before Christ and Know he is in the business of saving us, not condemning us.
  November 24, 2007
My Mother and I have a relationship that parallels Mary Lou and Anna's. However, I am, nor have I ever been suicidal, and my Mother and I have come to a sort of truce, in recent years. I believe my Mother would still benefit greatly from reading Mary Lou Wallner's book.
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