Hope in Lancaster County, PA

Four Days…Seven Venues…a remarkable experience.  It is nearly three years since we began the ministry and this weekend gave me renewed hope that the doors may be opening a little to the word.  THANK YOU Dave Little for your perseverance, vision, and determination to get the message out to Lancaster County Pennsylvania.  Dave single handily arranged all seven speaking opportunities for the ministry throughout the county, drove me to all the sights, and made the experience memorable.

On each occasion I met with survivors and strugglers that were excited that the issue was finally spoken of in a public setting.  Each story is painful; more discouraging knows that they have been holding it inside. For 55 years in the Christian community I have never heard this message in a Christian setting, church, chapel, seminar, small group on and on and yet in every venue this weekend the silence of the audience, and the response is clear…this is rampant,  this is hidden, and this is destroying lives by the thousands.  The intensity and pervasiveness of Internet Pornography is mind-boggling.   WE HAVE THE ANSWER.  Jesus holds the power of sin and death and over the fear within the church universal to acknowledge it, confront it, and work to heal the broken.  Church communities have not and do not confront this disease in an intentional and detailed manner.  The silence or passing mention, allows the enemy to spread this beneath the surface at light speed.  Shock and awe prevail when a man or leader in the church is found in “moral failure”.  IT IS A PLAGUE we refuse to admit exists in public and are failing to attack.

I am energized to continue to develop a healing approach and outreach to the ones we meet.  I am frustrated and discouraged by the apathy and fear to engage the truth.  I commend Pastor Galen Hackman and his courageous congregation at the Ephrata Church of the Brethren in Ephrata Pennsylvania.  Pastor Hackman interrupted his six part series to allow me to share with his congregation on a Sunday morning knowing very little about me.  What a morning.  The tears, the messages, the stories go on and on from just that church.  Their community is facing the truth and will begin to know what it will take to heal.  Better, they will know the joy that comes from the freedom they gain in Christ and his unending forgiveness.  You can hear the Sunday sermon at Ephrata Church at www.ephratabrethren.org under the Worship Banner, Sermon Archives, Jan. 23, 2011

Holding on to Hope has two seminars coming up open to the public.  The first is February 19th at the Embassy Suites North in Phoenix, I-17 and Greenway.  The second is on March 5th at the Mesa Convention Center.  Both seminars begin at 7:30 am.  The ministry is also hosting the first recovery weekend for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse March 25-27.  Call 623-341-5792 to sign up today for the retreat.

I encourage you to confront your community leadership with the desire to make this a priority issue soon in your body.  It would be great if you attacked it on your own.  If not, we are available to begin the process.  You will be overwhelmed and energized to see the King defeat evil.  Call us today. 623-341-5792.  www.holdingontohope.org

About Bill Harbeck

Founder and Director of Holding on to Hope Ministries. A non-profit work that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse unveil their past and begin the healing process. Author of the book Shattered; One Man's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse
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