Pastoral Care on Overcoming Homosexuality Admin August 13, 2014 Christian Living, Grace Methodist Church, Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC) Rev. Tryphena Law conducting the training. by James TC Wong So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27 (NIV) MIRI – Homosexuality can be a controversial or even a taboo subject to talk about especially in the conservative state of Sarawak. Eighty church pastors, leaders and members from the different Christian denominations attended a full-day training on “Pastoral Care and Counselling to Homosexuals” organized by the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC) at Grace Methodist Church on Aug 9. Trainer Rev. Tryphena Law, a Pastoral Counsellor and Executive Director from PLUC (Pursuing Liberty Under Christ) was assisted by Sylvia Quah. Established in 2002, the Selangor-based PLUC is an interdenominational evangelical Christian ministry that administers sexual wholeness to the sexually relationally-broken people especially homosexuals. PLUC also works with churches and NGOs. Using 1 Cor 6:9 -11 as its spiritual compass, PLUC believes in the restoration of homosexuals under the healing power of Christ Jesus. In her opening statement, Rev. Law reaffirmed that humanity is created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and all people are children of God. (John 1:12). Rev. Law also reminded the participants: “We are Bible-centered, and we speak the truth because only the truth will set us free.” From a spiritual perspective, overcoming homosexuality is possible to those desiring to walk in right communion with God. There is much debate on people born either homosexual or heterosexual, and people believe they have no choice but to be who they are made to be. “No one is born genetically gay. We can’t overcome homosexual confusion with our will. And it’s not God’s will for anyone to be trapped in homosexuality. Therefore, those in sexual brokenness can be transformed with the power provided by the blood of Jesus, ” said Rev. Law. “Do not use the Bible to condemn or judge the homosexuals,” Pastor Law reiterated. “Let’s exercise Grace and Truth because recovery is a process, not an event.” The training covered four main sections; 1) Ministry Introduction and Overview, 2) The Stream of Sexuality – Childhood, Adolescence, Healthy Heterosexuality, Broken Sexuality, 3) Raising Gender-teaching, and 4) How to journey with the sexually-broken. An interesting Q & A session between the participants and Rev. Law followed after the training ended. Participant Dorothy Kuek was glad that she attended the event. “I have attended many talks on homosexuality, believe me, this training is heart-touching and spiritual. It changes the mind and moves one to love. Powerful, praise God!” “The training has been a great blessing and eye-opener especially in understanding the background of LGBT (IQ),” said Pastor Andy Anyi of Miri BEM On The Rock. “I feel that people affected are crying out for help and they need to know there is hope. I pray churches are aware for this aspect of social need and the opportunity for ministry,” commented participant Leong Mui Foon. The 11-days training covering Miri, Sibu and Kuching was organized by the SCAC.