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In January 2016, Ellen Dykas returned to Taiwan, East Asia, to teach a two-week course entitled “Biblical Sexuality and Ministry to Strugglers.” 

I was going back to Taiwan to speak to twenty-nine students who all spoke Chinese. Back to China Reformed Theological Seminary in Taipei, to help train men and women preparing for ministry. They came from Taiwan, main-land China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, and Australia. I had been there before, in 2013, when I first addressed sexual struggles in Asia, and I was eager to return. I hoped to meet up with some students who I taught three years ago. As a teacher, you always wonder if anything you said or taught made a difference.

Upon arriving, I learned that Taiwan was considering legalizing gay marriage. The news dismayed my students, and I gave them insight into what Christians in the USA faced when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage last summer. We found common ground as Christians living so far from each other: As sexual sin outside of God’s design becomes the norm, standing firm for biblical truth may cost us more than it has in the past. We agreed that ministry would need to be more strategic and nuanced than ever before in order to speak into the culture.

But we alsoEllenTaiwan newspaper image - 870 x 580 concurred that ministry still needs to be relational and personal, appropriately caring for each individual. I met up with one of my students from 2013 and heard her story of parenting her gay-identified daughter. She expressed fresh sorrow over her daughter’s life, but shared with me new insight about the faith to which God is calling her as she loves her daughter in a new way. She recalled my teaching from three years ago, that telling her daughter to “Stop!” would not lead to true repentance. She began learning how to engage her daughter relationally while also holding true to God’s design for sexuality and relationships. It is so good to know that God uses even my words to strengthen his people!

How does the church address sexual struggles in Asia? Much the same as we do, but with one very big difference: In Asia, the church hardly talks about sexuality at all. A powerful culture of shame encourages hiding and silence on an even a deeper level than what we see in churches in the USA. And the silence from church leaders is much “louder” than here, compounding the confusion and despair of Christians struggling alone.

But by offering courses like the one I taught, China Reformed Seminary is beginning to change that culture of silence. What the Asian church needs now are solid biblical resources translated into their languages.

I have one more memory to share: The seminary partners with a local biblical counseling ministry. On Saturday, between my two weeks of classes, the counseling ministry hosted a community lecture at which I was the featured speaker. You can imagine my surprise when I realized that the lecture made the front page of the Taipei Christian newspaper! Serving with Harvest USA has certainly led to many unexpected adventures!

Also, here is one last prayer request: God is expanding Harvest USA’s influence outside of the United States, and it’s exciting! I will have the opportunity to teach on biblical sexuality at a national women’s conference in Columbia this coming July 2016, but I need some special funding to make this happen. I need to raise $1500 to cover the costs, so that Columbians will be able to attend. Tax-deductible donations may be made by check to Colombia Reformed (please add a note that this is for Ellen Dykas, but do not write that on the memo line!) and mailed to: Colombia Reformed, P.O. Box 102, Lovettsville, VA 20180. Thank you!

Raising Sexually Healthy Kids

This is a one-day seminar for parents of young children and teens.

It’s tougher than ever to be both a kid and a parent today! The world’s culture is continually pushing an anything-goes sexuality on our children. Gospel Sexuality: Raising Sexually Healthy Kids gives you gospel-centered principles and practical helps to disciple your kid’s hearts and nurture their faith as they face the sexual chaos of their world.

Seminar Topics:

Session 1: Fallen Sexuality
How can we understand our children as fallen image-bearers? God gave a great plan for sex and love, but sin twists our worship, mars our identity, and distorts our relationships.

Session 2: Gospel Sexuality
How can we understand our children in light of the Gospel? Christ gives us a new vision for sexuality. He transforms us and our sexual brokeness, so that we can live by faith, repentance, and love.

Session 3: The Sex Talk(s): Getting the Subject out in the Open
How do we talk with our children about sexuality? Learn how to share a Gospel vision for sexuality with your family, receive practical guidance for age-appropriate conversations, and find grace for the challenging road ahead.

Session 4: The Technological Terrain: Where your Kids Live
How can we know our children’s world? The latest innovations in technology and social media are being used to indoctrinate a fallen sexual worldview. Learn the dangers of this terrain, what you can do about them, and how to further walk with your children on the road of discipleship.

 

 There will be a charge for this event. Lunch WILL be provided.
For additional information please call the church at 423-629-1421.

To register for this seminar – Click Here!

Presenters:

Dan Wilson, Director SCO

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, SO

 

Dan Wilson is the Student Outreach Coordinator for Harvest USA. Dan is also an ordained minister, and has served as a youth minister, education minister, pastor, with para-church ministries, and taught New Testament at Bryan College, Dayton, TN.

 

 

Cooper  Pinson, SO Staff

Cooper Pinson, SO Staff

 

Before coming north to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Cooper Pinson, a life-long southerner, graduated from Samford University in Birmingham. There he met his wife, Katie, and worked as the Junior High Director at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, also in Birmingham. Cooper has a passion to help youth live with sexual integrity, and to walk with them as they grow in a deeper faith in Jesus Christ. A new comer to Harvest USA, he serves as our Student Outreach staff member.

Raising Sexually Healthy Kids

This is a one-day seminar for parents of young children and teens.

It’s tougher than ever to be both a kid and a parent today! The world’s culture is continually pushing an anything-goes sexuality on our children. Gospel Sexuality: Raising Sexually Healthy Kids gives you gospel-centered principles and practical helps to disciple your kid’s hearts and nurture their faith as they face the sexual chaos of their world.

Seminar Topics:

Session 1: Fallen Sexuality
How can we understand our children as fallen image-bearers? God gave a great plan for sex and love, but sin twists our worship, mars our identity, and distorts our relationships.

Session 2: Gospel Sexuality
How can we understand our children in light of the Gospel? Christ gives us a new vision for sexuality. He transforms us and our sexual brokeness, so that we can live by faith, repentance, and love.

Session 3: The Sex Talk(s): Getting the Subject out in the Open
How do we talk with our children about sexuality? Learn how to share a Gospel vision for sexuality with your family, receive practical guidance for age-appropriate conversations, and find grace for the challenging road ahead.

Session 4: The Technological Terrain: Where your Kids Live
How can we know our children’s world? The latest innovations in technology and social media are being used to indoctrinate a fallen sexual worldview. Learn the dangers of this terrain, what you can do about them, and how to further walk with your children on the road of discipleship.

 

 There will be a charge for this event. Lunch WILL be provided.
For additional information please call the church at 423-629-1421.

To register for this seminar – Click Here!

Presenters:

Dan Wilson, Director SCO

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, SO

 

Dan Wilson is the Student Outreach Coordinator for Harvest USA. Dan is also an ordained minister, and has served as a youth minister, education minister, pastor, with para-church ministries, and taught New Testament at Bryan College, Dayton, TN.

 

 

Cooper  Pinson, SO Staff

Cooper Pinson, SO Staff

 

Before coming north to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Cooper Pinson, a life-long southerner, graduated from Samford University in Birmingham. There he met his wife, Katie, and worked as the Junior High Director at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, also in Birmingham. Cooper has a passion to help youth live with sexual integrity, and to walk with them as they grow in a deeper faith in Jesus Christ. A new comer to Harvest USA, he serves as our Student Outreach staff member.

Does God really have a design for sexuality? Is the Bible’s view of sexuality still relevant today?  Sex is powerful, and we all struggle with it in some way. Broken sexuality is not just about our behavior and what to do about it. It goes much deeper than that; it’s a matter of the heart.

Dave White, Men’s Ministry Coordinator and Ellen Dykas, Women’s Ministry Coordinator, will lead this training seminar.

This seminar will look at God’s design for sexuality, what motivates us to make certain sexual choices, and how the gospel can break entrenched patterns of sexual sin.  We will also discuss how to walk alongside sexual strugglers in real gospel community.

Tickets are only $10 per person!  To register click here!

Date: January 31, 2015

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Place: Cornerstone PCA  23101 Town Creek Dr.  Lexington Park, MD 20653

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Does God really have a design for sexuality? Is the Bible’s view of sexuality still relevant today?  Sex is powerful, and we all struggle with it in some way. Broken sexuality is not just about our behavior and what to do about it. It goes much deeper than that; it’s a matter of the heart.

Dave White, Men’s Ministry Coordinator and Ellen Dykas, Women’s Ministry Coordinator, will lead this training seminar.

This seminar will look at God’s design for sexuality, what motivates us to make certain sexual choices, and how the gospel can break entrenched patterns of sexual sin.  We will also discuss how to walk alongside sexual strugglers in real gospel community.

Tickets are only $10 per person!  To register click here!

Date: January 31, 2015

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Place: Cornerstone PCA  23101 Town Creek Dr.  Lexington Park, MD 20653

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