by Noel Bouché
There’s a recurring theme in comments we hear as we minister around the country and the world, and it’s usually conveyed in a statement something like this: “I thought I was here to gain information to help someone else, but it turns out this message was for me.”
It’s a sentiment I can relate to.
When I first sensed a calling to the ministry of pureHOPE, I resonated deeply with the vision of cultivating healing and transformation for others suffering under the weight of sexual brokenness and exploitation. But I didn’t yet grasp the truth that the one who is called must first be formed. And I had a lot of formation yet to experience.
While that formation is still a work in progress, I can sum up much what has occurred in my own heart through the lens of pureHOPE’s core principles.
First, we teach that “sex is about identity before it’s about activity,” and believing that my identity is that of a son (1 John 3:1), fully accepted no matter my failures and with nothing to earn, continues to be a place of daily growth.
We also steward the truth that “purity is not an accomplishment, it’s about relationship with the One who is pure: Jesus,” and receiving this grace through intimacy (1 John 3:3), not performance, is still transforming my heart.
And our principle that the pure life is a proactive one defined by prayer, understanding, resolve, and engagement (P-U-R-E) reminds me every day that this life is lived every day (Hebrews 3:13).
These truths transform us, and it’s through that transformation of our own hearts that we touch the lives of others around us. We’re fond of the simple yet profound statement that “you can’t give away what you don’t have,” and we see that principle impact people from all walks of life.
Like the college student who has been discipled by pureHOPE and said, “I learned that you cannot resolve to oppose injustice until you are walking in repentance from personal impurity.”
Like the parent who attended pureHOPE conference and said, “I thought I came for help for my children, but I realized this conference was primarily for me.”
Like the pastor who brought our ministry to his church and after a weekend of seminars said, “This message was life-giving for me.”
Like the couple who attended a small group walking through our Quest: Parenting in a Sexualized Culture video series, and afterward began counseling to find healing in their relationship.
Like me, and so many others in the pureHOPE community, these individuals realized that “a world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness” begins in our own lives, in our own hearts. It is not a mission that is “out there,” or a calling that is “far from us,” but rather a “word [that] is very near you… in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it” (Deuteronomy 30:14).
You… and I… can do it. Because our Pure Hope is the One Who works in us to accomplish it (Philippians 2:13).