On Friday, January 23, Options Now and other community organizations brought a Silver Ring Thing Event to Valdosta. The community event was a huge success, with 443 people in attendance and over 100 purity rings purchased. Eighty-six students indicated a decision to commitment to or rededicate their lives to Christ as a result of Silver Ring Thing’s powerful communication of the message of God’s purpose for students’ lives.
The community event was preceded by two school presentations at Lowndes Middle School that morning that were well received by the students. Around 900 students were exposed to the message of positive life choices & purity as a lifestyle. With the incidence of sexually transmitted infections growing exponentially, the stark reality is that sexual activity outside of marriage is risky and carries lifelong consequences.
The community event was held Friday evening at CrossPointe Church in Valdosta. Students came from as far away as Quincy, Florida, and Lanier County, Georgia, after hearing about the event on the radio. Youth leaders brought groups, parents brought their own children, and some parents came even though their students were out of town. The parents’ session that took place during the student assembly was a great opportunity for parents to empower themselves with research, resources, & strategies for talking with their students about the importance of purity during their teen years.
After a rainy afternoon of loading & unloading tons of equipment, setting up & tearing down, the Silver Ring Thing team was still full of energy. With skits, videos, & music, students’ attention was glued to the stage as the team shared their own testimonies of mistakes made, second chances, and God’s forgiveness. We continue to pray that these students will remember the things they saw & heard that night & that their commitments to purity would be long-lasting.
The Parents’ Session was full and was packed with research & info to empower parents & youth leaders to be able to help their teens make God honoring purity decision in the future. There were many resources highlighted in the Parents’ Session.
Many thanks to the sponsors who joined us in bringing this event to our community! Repeat Boutique Thrift Store, WaitNow, WAFT, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 300 Seconds, and CrossPointe Church. We also had so many volunteers who showed up to make the event registration run smoothly. Thank you to all of our volunteers!