Powerful Choices lessons help a bride and her groom wait. Watch her testimony on our home page.
This bride says,â€ Equipping Youth came to our 8th grade classroom and taught us all kinds of things. They taught about healthy friendships both romantic and regular ones, addictions, STDs and they encouraged us to make goalsâ€¦They simply wanted us to make informed decisions. My boyfriend and I both had already made the (goal) decision to stay virgins until we were married and it was a decision that we stuck toâ€¦(first) sex is such a powerful intimate vulnerable moment. â€¦knowing that my husband had committed to loving me for the rest of my lifeâ€¦I felt safe to be part of that vulnerable moment.
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In the News:
HHS Report Shows the Lack of Effectiveness for â€œComprehensiveâ€ Sex Ed.
Five Years and more than a half billion dollars later, it appears that what were promised as effective models for sex education curricula simply are not. A summary of the findings from HHS can be found here. If you want to see what your taxes pay for look at the web site for the Office of Adolescent Health. There will be a link to what they want you to believe about these latest research findings. Â www.hhs.gov/ash/oah
STDs at Unprecedented High in the U.S.
According to the CDCs new annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, the total combined cases of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2015 reached the highest number ever.
Ecclesâ€™ comment:â€Teens being taught that teen intimate contact is normal and how to reduce their risk of having an STD are left vulnerable to these infections.â€
WRAP Week 2016Â Last Sunday, October 30th kicked off WRAP week 2016!Â The White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Campaign began in Butler, Pennsylvania in 1987. The woman who began the movement, Norma Norris, became passionate about the issue of pornography after listening to a sermon at her
local parish. She saw the passivity of those around her as law enforcement and others in her community turned an eye to hardcore pornography sold locally. Norma reportedly stood up in her pew and declared, â€œThat canâ€™t
be; weâ€™re here andÂ we care!â€Â Nearly 25 years later, Normaâ€™s simple, inexpensive white ribbon symbolizing decency has drawn the attention of thousands!
Follow the links below or go to www.endsexualexploitation.org the web site of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation for information to help you and to talk to your kids about porn.
Please consider sharing your 2016 Yearend Donation with Equipping Youth before December 30th.
Every dollar donated to Equipping Youth is used to encourage another more youth to make Powerful Choices such as abstinence until marriage.
Thank you for your generosity and prayers,
Ruth Anne Eccles
Executive Director of Equipping Youth