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YOUth Awakening Abstinence Revolution Kicks Off
Servants Without Borders and ULTRA Teen Choice kicked
off the YOUth Awakening Abstinence
Revolution campaign last week at Washington Family Church National Cathedral in
Servants Without Borders founder and program emcee Lynura Jones pointed out that African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV infection, accounting for 55% of all HIV infections reported among persons aged 13 to 24. Ms Jones reported that earlier this year she thought:
“God, what is my purpose, how can I make a difference in the world?.... I’m 25 years old and I’ve been abstinent all my life, and I praise God for keeping me, because that is my testimony. I said, Lord, What do you want me to do? He said, this time, Let’s start an abstinence revolution, because that is what the word has taught us, to be abstinent until marriage. We’re to save ourselves. And I was like, wow God, if that’s the case we would end pregnancy, we would end HIV coming from safe sex and then we would abstain from drugs, abstain from things that cause us to harm ourselves, because our body is our temple.” … “The Christian community, if no one else needs to stand up, because we have been quiet for way too long”.
Diane Sims Moore, executive director of Families First DC (formerly the DC Healthy Marriage and Relationship Coalition), pointed out that “It is clear that young people are getting mixed messages. They hear messages in programs or in schools like be abstinent or use condoms, pick one; quite a choice. We need a different message, we need to talk about; be abstinent and delay sexual activity as a means to eliminating the risk to getting infections from sexually transmitted disease. “
Program speaker Kristi Love founded STAAND (Students against
Aids and for the Abolition of National Denial) while a graduate student at
ULTRA Teen Choice co-founder
A highlight of the program was the youth panel. Nykee Hider shared how he became committed to abstinence when he decided to take God seriously. About 13 years ago he wrote down the qualities that he desired in his future wife and offered them to God in prayer. He happily reported that on December 6 he was married to the woman of his dreams who fulfills all of those qualities.
Angela Minto, a
The YOUth Awakening abstinence revolution seeks to reach at least 25,000 people who will donate at least one dollar by December 19, 2009. Ms Jones said that “I believe that I can make the difference, that I can make the change, … that we can join together and give one dollar” She explained that just as the HIV virus has spread from person to person to become an epidemic, this campaign to make a difference and give one dollar can rapidly spread. Ms Jones invited other churches to hold YOUth awakening abstinence Revolution programs at their location and to spread the word about the website that she started, www.united4abstinence.com. There, they can find out more and donate to the campaign.
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