NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The number of commitments by African youth to sexual purity through True Love Waits International stands at more than 959,000 since LifeWay Christian Resources launched its strategic initiative there in summer 2007.
During that three-and-a-half-year period, more than 1.6 million young people in Africa heard the True Love Waits message promoting sexual abstinence until marriage. In addition, nearly 46,000 married adults have committed to faithfulness, and more than 41,600 decisions to follow Jesus Christ have been recorded by True Love Waits team members.
From April to October 2010, the total grew by more than 70,000 African youth, according to True Love Waits leaders.
In Africa, the greatest response to True Love Waits is in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. In November, True Love Waits International South Africa was approved as a registered organization, and ministry partnerships there are growing, reported Sharon Pumpelly, lead consultant for True Love Waits Inter-national.
In the Philippines, which joined True Love Waits International in 2009, nearly 22,000 students signed commitment cards last year after going through training, with plans in place for expanding outreach to Filipino young people ages 15 to 24 beginning this year.