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

  November 24, 2007
God bless you! Thank you for being a prophetic voice for us gay women and men who have struggled with the church's condemning voice in the world while also knowing assuredly God's undeniable calling in our lives. May God's grace, power and wisdom be with you as you shaare this important message of hope and unconditional love.
  November 21, 2007
I so hope that you have the strength and encouragement to continue with your compassion and teaching. There are so many who need to hear your story and understand. I respect your decision to leave the not only hateful but hurtful comments although they anger and sicken me. How these people can claim to be christian when they insist on judging and condeming people simply for being different.

I knew in my teens, as I am sure your Anna did, that something was different about the way I felt. But raised Baptist, I denied what I felt. Luckily for me, when I came out in my 40's, my family including my own children, were supportive and loving.

To those of you who think I made a "Choice" to be this way . Why?? Who in their right mind would CHOOSE to love someone who the world says they shouldn't, to be in a relationship that must be hidden from the world unless you want to risk your own safety by facing all of the hate in this world? I wouldn't choose this lifestyle, but I will no longer deny it, and I won't let the "christians" of this world tell me that God doesn't love me or that I will burn in hell . I am a daughter, I am a mother, I am a lesbian, and I am a child of God !

  November 21, 2007
You are an amazing person. I grew up in two very strict households: my mother is Catholic and my father Muslim. While I was taught that homosexuality is a sin, I no longer believe it. I believe that we are ALL loved in the eyes of Allah and God. I applaud your efforts and will spread your wonderful message. I want you to know that I know there are many people out there who do not understand that religions should not teach to hate or fear, but to love. Thank you so much for being an inspiration. No matter what anyone tells you, you are doing the work of Jesus, as he stated to love thy neighbor.

May God Bless you. I know that your Anna is very proud of you. :)

  November 20, 2007
I was raised in a fundamentalist (GARBC) baptist home. Deep down I knew who I was but denied it in an effort to conform to what was "right". After four children and a ruined marriage God helped me to finally accept who I really was. My parents reluctantly but lovingly accepted "reality" when I finally came out in my mid thirties. How sad it is that I didn't have the confidence in their love to truly embrace my inner self. My hope and prayer is that other christian youth will not have to suffer through years of pain and denial. Your honesty and candor are an absolute inspiration. PRAISE THE LORD for parents like you!
  November 19, 2007
Thank you so much for what you are doing. You have no idea what this ministry means to me and other gay and lesbian Christians who hope for a world in which love triumphs over hate and compassion and acceptance outlast fear and persecution. You give me that hope. The love you showed to your daughter by searching for the answers yourself is an inspiration and a testament to the very nature of love and parenting. My prayers are with you. Never give up. Your ministry is changing lives.
  November 19, 2007
God bless you
  November 19, 2007
Your story is one of courage. The message of God's unconditional love isn't one of option, but of mandate. I think the more people hear stories such as yours, it will force them to look at themselves and ask, "Am I loving and seeing people as God would?" Keep up the good work.
  November 18, 2007
I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate what you are trying to do. TEACH Ministries is a wonderful project and I am very grateful that you do this. I am a Christian and a lesbian college student. I recently came out to my mother, and her reaction was pretty much like yours, although it was in person. I would love to show her this website, and maybe I can build up the nerve to someday. Thank you for your kindness.
  November 18, 2007
God Bless you and Keep you safe in the mighty work that you do.
  November 18, 2007
As someone who grew up on a fundamentalist church and the mother of a gay child, I would suggest those of you who believe it is a 'choice', to wake up tomorrow and 'choose' to be attracted to those of the same gender. Make that choice, and see how it goes. Many parents such as myself, suspected our child was gay from a very early age, which would suggest God is either unbelievably cruel, or it is an inherited trait. I know my child was born this way, and I also know Jesus did not condemn it. I pray for those fundamentalist 'Christians" who spew hatred and intolerance, for they are the ones (like the mega-church minister in Colorado) who are usually most conflictued with their own sexuality. God bless this ministry for telling the truth and spreading God's LOVE.
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