My name is Grey Gaillard and I’ve recently taken the position of Abstinence Coordinator for the Alpha Center. I thank God that He has blessed me with this position and I look forward to the wonderful opportunities He has for me here!
As Abstinence Coordinator, one of my main functions is to make sure that the students in our surrounding schools understand the importance of saving sex for marriage. There are several volunteers who have joined with me in order to accomplish this goal. Each of us has different techniques and styles of presenting the material, but the main goal is to teach these students the truth so that they can make the best decisions.
When we go into the schools, we hand out surveys before and after each presentation. I’ve had the privilege of keying in the data from these surveys and have found some interesting results. The most important and most gratifying is that we are actually making a difference in the lives and minds of these young people. Their initial opinions have shifted positively regarding abstinence as the only 100% effective protection from the possible physical, mental, and social consequences of sex before marriage.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that although some students have changed their mind about their choices, I’m finding that more and more students still have a hard time communicating with their parents. As we present to each student, we teach them the truth about parenting, abortion, adoption, peer pressure, the media, harmful substances, and how to make goals for their lives. These are all issues that should be addressed by parents to reinforce the concepts they have learned.
We read in the scriptures that children are to honor and obey their parents in the Lord for this is right. Ephesians 6:3 goes on to say that if the children do this, that things will go well for them and they will live for a long time. I challenge you today is to be a mentor; whether to your own kids or someone else’s. Continue to pray for this ministry as we seek the Lord’s guidance while teaching these youth. And lastly, continue to pray for more volunteers who would be willing to stand in the gap for these students by making a commitment to teach abstinence education. It really will make a difference in their lives, in our cities, and in our communities!