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Letters From LGBTQ Former Bethel Members: ‘God Loves Us. We Are Not Broken, But Beautifully and Wonderfully Made’

Bre and Beckett’s wedding day.

Whether you’re closeted, questioning, or out and proud, we hope these messages find you. You are valuable, and you are loved.

There are so many people who care about you and want to make sure you know: you are not alone.

Click here to read letters of support to LGBTQ Bethel Students, from LGBTQ Former Bethel Students.

Here’s a sample of one letter:

To my lovely fellow rainbows of Bethel,

After Sunday night’s message, I wanted to tell you are little something to ease any pain or confusion you may be feeling. I was once a student at BSSM though only doing a year there I found myself asking for prayer and standing for things regarding same-sex attraction, I didn’t fully grasp my sexuality at the time nor did I realise my true gender identity, but things weren’t sitting right with me during these moments.

It wasn’t until I was back in my own country and talking to a lovely woman from school over facebook that I realised my desire, and it took a couple of years to really journey through this with God. It was my personal relationship with God that helped me and held me strong, it still does.

When I watched the message from Sunday, I felt as though I wanted to gather all of my rainbow family in Bethel and embrace them in unconditional love. You are wholly and wonderful acceptable and lovable as you are right now, and God will never shame you for it. You are beautifully and wonderfully made. To my transgender family, I am with you, I myself am trans and we are also completely acceptable, lovable and wonderful! If I could I would give you all a big hug.

None of you are alone, there are people that want you, as you are and accept you as you are right now. My hope is that you find some beautiful rainbow community that will celebrate you and your walk with our Father.

Please know, I am here too.

Love,
Charlee

Click here to read Bre’s open letter: Dear Bethel: Open Letter From An LGBT Graduate of Your Ministry School,  April 24, 2017.

Bre Hanan and her husband Beckett met in 2010 while attending the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. They moved away from Redding in 2014, eventually realizing they were queer and in love. Beck came out as trans a month before they tied the knot in 2017, and they settled in the Portland, Ore., area after the wedding. Bre spends most of her time testing Beck’s allergy-friendly treats, studying ancient myths, and volunteering with an LGBTQ+ youth group.

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