During OM France’s last LinkUp, an interdenominational event for all teens and young adults in the Nantes region, OMers focused on the theme of sexuality—an extremely relevant issue when “marriage for all” (marriage and possible right to adopt for homosexuals) is a hot topic in France.
The more than 35 participants had large-group sessions, as well as separate small-group break-out sessions for girls and boys, to facilitate open interaction about the biblical basis of sexuality, purity and faithfulness.
A key verse discussed during the event was Psalm 119:9: “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” (NIV).
Several young adults shared their own struggles and victories, which impacted the other teens. Once again, OMers noticed how important it is for teens to have older “brothers” and “sisters” to talk to about real-life issues. They know it is important for teens and young adults to have the chance to pray and worship God together. And the teens learnt that if they decide to live a life to please God, He will let them know how to live.
“It was an eye-opener for many to have a fresh look at how God introduced marriage and sexuality into this world as something beautiful and good,” said an OMer, “and how purity and limits is a great investment for a life pleasing to God—but also a life that is more satisfying for ourselves, when we involve God on all areas of our lives, including sexuality.”
OM France is planning another LinkUp in the next few months, focusing on other extremely relevant but sometimes taboo subjects like sexual identity, self-control and anger.
Please pray for the young people who attended the event, that the mentoring relationships would continue and that the teens would dedicate this area of their lives to God. Pray also for the upcoming LinkUp event, that many will come and be challenged by the truth from God’s Word. For more information on God’s work through OM France, see http://www.fr.om.org/eng/.