Whosoever: Fourteen Years of Transforming Lives
What do an ambulance and a magazine have in common? They both can save lives.
It may seem odd to think about a magazine saving lives, but Whosoever has done just that for the past fourteen years by giving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians the much needed assurance that God loves and accepts them.
"In this time of increasing animosity toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, a source of encouragement and a place of spiritual renewal for our community is sorely needed," said Candace Chellew-Hodge, founder Whosoever Ministries, Inc.
Founded in 1996, Whosoever's mission has been to provide a safe and sacred space for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians so they can reclaim, rekindle and grow their relationship with God.
"For so long, GLBT people have felt rejected by God because the church constantly tells them they are condemned and their love is 'disordered'," Chellew-Hodge said. "For the past decade, Whosoever has been on the forefront of the movement to open the doors of the church to God's GLBT children, and reassure them that God welcomes them without conditions."
Over the years, that message has led many GLBT people to reconcile their spirituality and sexuality, transform their lives and find their way back to the God that created them and loves them - just as they are.
"Every time I open Whosoever I am amazed at the quality and quantity of work that goes into this magazine for GLBT Christians, their friends and families," said Mel White, founder of Soulforce. "I am especially grateful for the information Whosoever provides for that closeted Christian who after being rejected by his or her church and family has no where to go but the Internet to find someone who understands. They sit down with questions that have plagued them for decades and rise up with answers that slowly but surely push away the doubts and fears."
Dispelling those doubts and fears, and bringing hope back into the lives of dejected GLBT people is what long-time reader and contributor Jo Ellen Kanne considers Whosoever's greatest achievement.
"Point blank: Whosoever saves lives. It takes GBLT Christians who feel that they have reached the point of despairing loneliness and offers words that are life-giving, encouraging and filling. It shows us that we are not alone," she said.
Darrell Grizzle, a Whosoever board member and writer, said it is that feeling of hope and community that Whosoever provides that has made it so valuable to GLBT people of faith seeking to renew their connection to God.
"Whosoever has prevented suicides by helping LGBT people know that they are not evil or defective: God loves us all, just as we are. We may never know exactly how many lives Whosoever has saved, but I have no doubt that it has saved many," he said.
To keep saving lives, Whosoever needs your support!
As we move into our tenth year of ministry, Whosoever is seeking to expand its mission beyond a bi-monthly magazine. Our new vision includes:
- Leading and fostering a movement of spiritual renewal in the GLBT community
- Forming regional/local support groups for GLBT Christians and their supporters
- Providing daily devotionals by email
- Offering online spiritual direction
- Offering more in-depth educational materials
- Offering "Action Alerts" to help readers get more involved
- Sponsoring annual conferences to create community and spiritual growth
Whosoever can't do any of this without your help.
If saving the lives of GLBT people who are feeling isolated, rejected and hated by God, their families and society is important to you, please dig deep in your pockets and commit your support to Whosoever.
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