“I have other sheep that are not of this
fold.  I must bring them in also.”  
John 10:16
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by STEVE PARELLI.  Over lunch in Nairobi, Jose and I, with David D, a gay
Kenyan Christian young man, met with Emmanuel Kamau's mother and
aunt.   The aunt was accompanying her sister to give moral support.  

Since her son, a well known advocate and social activist for HIV/AIDS
education and prevention in Kenya, came out as a gay man at the Social
World Forum which was held in Nairobi, February 2007, Emmanuel's
mother had suffered personal persecution resulting in a drastic change in
her living conditions.

Emmanuel's mother had some very important questions to ask Jose and
me.  As she inquired, we spoke openly and honestly about the gay life
style, clarifying some ideas she had that were pretty much on target, but
also dispelling some myths with a gentle smile and to her great relief.  At
the end of our lunch together I told her about PFLAG and how a PFLAG
Nairobi would give her the opportunity to meet other parents on a regular
basis just like herself with the same kind of questions and the same kind of
experiences.  I asked her if a PFLAG Nairobi would interest her.  She spoke
in Swahili and our Kenyan friend translated, "Yes, she would like that very
much."

Not organizationally, but in spirit, PFLAG Nairobi was born this day with
Other Sheep and  Emmanuel Kamau's mother in a Westlands, Nairobi,
restaurant.

Jose and I had conceived of a PFLAG Nairobi prior to traveling to Kenya.  
We had taken with us two copies of  
The Blue Book: "What We Wish We
Had Known," a study and publication of The Presbyterian Church, Mt.
Kisco, New York, with the purpose that this material would demonstrate one
very important aspect of PFLAG work:  education that dispels gay myths.  
(Once in Kenya, we photocopied about 25 copies of The Blue Book for
distribution.)   In our discussion groups with LGBTs, we shared with them
the values and purposes of  PFLAG and our desire to see a PFLAG
Nairobi.  We generated discussion around the topic of family and friends.  
Many LGBTs were surprised to hear a couple of stories, shared personally
to the group, by  LGBTs who were either outed to their parents by certain
circumstances or who came out to their parents on their own and were, to
their complete amazement, accepted by their parents.  Some straight
individuals, already pro-LGBT, who attended the discussion groups, were
immediately drawn to the idea of a PFLAG Nairobi.
BUENOS AIRES. TOM HANKS.  The
Other Sheep Foundation of Argentina
was privileged to host the visit,
September 3-11, of Dr. Theodore W.
Jennings, Jr., from Chicago
Theological Seminary together with
his wife, the Rev. Ronna L. Case,
also a  Methodist  pastor.  

Accompanied by Dr. Don Dayton,
prolific author and expert on the
Wesleyan roots of  pentecostalism,
they spoke in three Methodist
churches, the ecumenical ISEDET
seminary (now university)  and three
gay meetings in Buenos Aires and
consulted with Methodist leaders
about a projected Wesleyan studies
program.  

Attendees and participants included
theologian José Miquez Bonino and
Bishop Nelly Ritchie.  Highlights
included :

  • A lecture on “Homoeroticism in
    the Hebrew Bible” at the Jewish
    gay group, leading to plans for
    increased collaboration and
    future programs with gay
    Christian groups in Buenos
    Aires.

  • A presentation to Methodist
    pastors on “The Bible and the
    Wesleyan tradition: the
    Challenges of Globalization
    (including the challenges of
    sexuality, homosexuality and
    homophobia).

  • A lecture and dialogue with gay
    Christian and Jewish leaders
    on Jesus and the Beloved
    Disciple.

  • A lecture in the ISEDET
    seminary course on Pauline
    exegesis, “Paul, from the
    perspective of Jacques

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Author visits Buenos Aires
Gay groups and
Methodist churches in Buenos
Aires
open doors to the author of
The Man Jesus Loved
PFLAG comes to Nairobi, Kenya
After an initial meeting of interested parties (July
31), Other Sheep asked Felix Wertli to coordinate
PFLAG Nairobi.  On August 6, Steve and Jose
hosted the first official PFLAG meeting and Felix,
as coordinator, led a successful and dynamic
meeting, putting the (about 18) attendees into
groups of 3, asking them to brainstorm what they
envision PFLAG  Nairobi doing and becoming.   In
September, PFLAG Nairobi met a second time,
and is scheduled to meet again in October.  You
can go to PFLAG Nairobi web pages on the Other
Sheep East Africa link at www.othersheep.org.  
FELIX WERTLI, at right, is the PFLAG Nairobi coordinator.
Read his letter, his vision and how his own parents
became active PFLAGers in Geneva, Switzerland, at
www.othersheep.org/OSEA_PFLAG_Nairobi.
Nairobi radio listener
says he felt so sinful,
until today
 by Steve Parelli

The headlines under the four
column picture of Steve and Jose
(
taken from their website),
asked "
Can Gays Also Be Good
Christians?"  The July 18th
Nairobi Star article quoted
comments made by Steve Parelli
the day before "in an interview
with Kiss 100 Big Breakfast show."
  

Steve, in a July 18th email from
Nairobi, wrote:  " . . . questions
came in to us and we answered
them over the air.  Fantastic.   We
were told our hostess is number
one in radio here for being
listened to (and feared by
politicians).  As you can see,
she's not afraid to air the
controversial.  And homosexuality
is controversial here."   

Summarizing the broadcast,  the
Star said, Steve and Jose "believe
the scriptures have been used to
discriminate against homosexuals,
alienating them from the church.  
They deny they are twisting the   
Bible to justify their claims."

In
his weekly written report
from Kenya, Steve wrote that he
"answered two Bible questions
over the airwaves:  the creation
story and I Cor. 6:9."  

One listener who emailed Steve
said:  "I was listening to you on
the radio, and I must say, a job
well done.  You sent a real good
message to many Kenyans.  I
applaud you for that.  I was
greatly inspired by what both of
you had to say.  For a long time I
haven't considered myself a
Christian because I felt so sinful,
until today; so I greatly applaud
you for opening my eyes, and
many others out there that are
like me."

In his July 18th email, Steve wrote
that he had told Jose, "I haven't
preached in ten years and in one
morning God gave me a
congregation that exceeded all
the people combined that I've
ever preached to.  I gave them
the message that God has given
me.  It's taken ten years to learn it
and write it.   Today I delivered it."
I felt how the Apostle Paul must have felt
A reflection on our ministry in Kenya to LGBTs     
by Steve Parelli

About mid-way through our four to five week stay in Nairobi, and while
walking behind Jose on a wide strip of median that divided a busy
avenue, I quietly stopped, stood still, looked about me and sensed a
feeling I had never felt before:  so this is how  the apostle Paul must have
felt.

With matatus (private vans used as buses), public city buses, trucks and
cars hedging us in on both sides, Jose, answering to my call, turned and
looked towards me standing a short distance behind.   He retraced his
steps while I slowly caught up to him.  "I feel like the Apostle Paul," I
said.   Immediately I qualified my statement, wanting him to understand
perfectly that I did not think myself to be an Apostle Paul.  I feel how the
Apostle Paul must have felt, I clarified.

Jose was in charge of the cell phone.  Everyone we dealt with in Kenya
communicated by text messaging.  He had just read out loud to me
another text message which precipitated my first-century, Paul-abroad
feeling.  The message was a kind of "final straw" of an accumulating
affect of non-stop multi people experiences with LGBTs, straight allies
and strangers, too.  

It wasn't, however, the "multi people experiences" per se that affected
me.  By that I mean, it wasn't the happening or the event around each
people experience that one could log in a journal as "events of the day"
that affected me.

Such events may occur any time in history and in most any place.  For
example, like Paul, we suffered an "uproar" for 15 minutes in a public
bus, with men standing to their feet, shouting "all at once," denouncing
us.  Like Paul, we "argued daily" in our apartment "expounding from the
scriptures" that God does not condemn all homosexual activity.  Like
Paul, we went first to their "synagogues" and with grace "confronted"
Christian leaders (Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist, Nazarene, Christian
Orthodox) in their church offices and church foyers:  one church leader
"gave us ear" and viewed our power point presentation on homosexuality
and the Bible;  
another church leader came to our apartment to
hear in person the collective testimony of  17 gay Christians and
one gay Muslim; and
another pastor wrote a two page discourse
rebuking and contradicting our view of scripture and distributed it
to his congregation of more than 500.  

Like Paul, we were "in the market place" and the "public places of
discourse," that is we were live on public radio explaining over the Nairobi
airwaves the scriptures as pro-LGBT and we were
published in the
paper giving testimony to an inclusive God.  Like Paul, we were "warned"
on more than one occasion to be careful for our safety. Like Paul, many
who needed our message sought us out:  
one Anglican minister who
already publicly was known for being pro-LGBT came and identified
himself with us, being with us almost daily. Like Paul, we labored to leave
behind a group that would continue the ministry after us, thus
we
worked with MCC, established an Other Sheep East African board
with mission and vision statements, and
established a PFLAG.  Like
Paul, on our last day and just before two brethren took us away by car to
the airport, we parted from "the company of" LGBTs like the Ephesian
elders had parted from Paul – with tears and long embraces.

And, if you will allow, on a less serious note, like Paul we suffered
"shipwreck" – well, ok it wasn't a ship, but a bus.  On two different
occasions we had to
abandon the bus we were riding and wait for a
replacement.  Also, on a less serious note, like Paul with his John Marks
turn back experience, Jose came close to completely backing out of any
further work, wanting to return to the USA, when it was misreported that
the police had put out a public notice for our whereabouts.  (Unlike Paul, I
chose not to separate from Jose!)

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How I felt; A reflection

But none of these events, per se, caused me to feel
like Paul.

There was a certain qualifying factor in these events
that impressed itself upon my mind and in turn
enraptured me with the thought this is like Paul.  
Though some of the incidentals were a like experience
between Paul and us, none of these was the qualifying
factor:  foreign land (our first time in Africa), universal
language (English – they could understand me, unlike
our trips to Latin America), common religious
background (more evangelical than liberal), opposing
cultural norms (as a society, tolerance for LGBTs is
very low), radical new message (God is inclusive), and
radical new community (homosexual and heterosexual
Christians in one religious community, the "new" body
of Christ).

What, then, was the qualifying factor that made me feel
like Paul?  This:  What is happening
here in Kenya is
happening
here for the first time.  Each contact, every
discussion, meeting after meeting, without stop, one
event unfolding into the next – we hardly slept, it
seemed – and it felt, to me, as though it was happening
here for the first time.

That is not to say that there are no Kenyans working
for the human rights of LGBTs.  There are many.   
That is not to say that nothing significant had
happened before our visit to Kenya for the
advancement of LGBT rights.  Much has been taking
place.  We are a small, though significant part.  What
appeared to me to happen here for the first time was a
gathering of people of faith (who became a coalition of
people of faith) who assembled together for the first
time to affirm before one another their identity as
Christian or Muslim and their identity as queer, that
these two identities are not mutually exclusive, and to
embrace both identities equally, integrating the two
aspects of their being (spiritual and gay) into one
whole person; and, to reiterate, doing so in community
with one another.  This was certainly a first for most of
the individual Kenyans we worked with, if not for all.  
Someone told us, "We've never told our story before,
even to our fellow gay friends.  We just don't talk about
our stories. This is the first time I've told my story.  We
need to continue these experiences with one another."

Perhaps it was the age group with which we worked
that made it seem like it's happening here for the first
time.  Most were in their 20s.  A few in their 30s.  Two
or three older.  We've collected over 80 email
addresses.  Most came through our apartment.  Most
participated in group discussions. Some were outing
themselves for the first time:  one, a school
headmaster outed himself in a group meeting, another
outed himself before a straight friend he brought with
him to the group, others came because a friend told a
friend, or they heard the radio broadcast.  But they
came, they talked, they shared their common
experiences of faith and being gay.  

Now, the Apostle Paul was never my favorite Bible
character, though always admired.  I never had any
lingering wish to be like the Apostle Paul.  His writings
were hard to understand (ask Peter), and though
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he demonstrated tenderness at times in his writings, he
had a side to himself you didn't want to cross.   Give me
David and his poems; give me John and his love.  I'll
take the character of Job ("dust to dust") over Paul
("everyday I bring my body under subjection").  Job
seems easier to understand and to identify with.  No, I
never had an attraction towards Paul.

But there I stood, in the middle of the capital of Kenya,
and the feeling that came over me was:  I feel like the
Apostle Paul with this qualifying statement that what is
happening here is happening
here for the first time.  
"Look at us," I said to Jose, "we are just two evangelical
outcasts, and look at the blessing that God has allowed
us to experience, working in this vineyard of Kenya."  I
felt something was happening beyond me.  I didn't feel
like the Apostle Paul the man, nor the Apostle Paul the
Christian, not even the Apostle Paul the vessel filled.  I
felt more like an empty instrument which for some
reason at this brief moment in time, God was happy to
use.   Jose and I, instruments (more like the rod of  
Moses than the person of Paul), to do something here
that was
happening here for the first time – what the
Apostle Paul must have experienced.   

Those we worked with and ministered among  told us
again and again, "thank you, thank you, your coming to
Kenya has changed my life forever."  The day we left to
return to the States, a Christian gay couple wrote this in
a card they gave us:  "We thank God for sending Jose
and Steve to this country in such a time.  We're blessed
and going back to the glory that we'd left because of
ignorance."

It was an epiphany moment standing there on the
median in the middle of a Nairobi avenue, just feeling.  
Jose looked at me and smiled.  He knew what I meant.  
He understood.  We experienced it together.  Certain
things of the spirit and faith were happening
here for
the first time
.  A kind of apostolic experience, so I felt.
An essay by Stephen Parelli
published in The Gay & Lesbian
Review, July-August 2007

Why Ex-Gay Therapy
Doesn’t Work  
• Postmortem on a Baptist pastor’s
sincere attempt to change

You can view the article at www.
othersheepexecsite.com
Steve teaching The Bible and Homosexuality, a power point
presentation.
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For weekly and special reports, and photos of the Kenya Summer 2007 Project go to www.othersheep.org
A meeting with an
Anglican priest by divine
appointment
                         
By STEVE PARELLI             

On a late Friday afternoon, Jose and I
stole a couple hours to visit the
railroad museum in Nairobi.  From
there, taking a back dirt road along the
edge of the city, we walked to the
present day railroad station.  We
wanted to inquire about the time
schedule for trains to Mombasa.

As we were approaching the station,
the cell phone rang.  Jose answered
and relayed the message.  "Some
Anglican minister urgently wants to
meet with us."  Oh no, I thought.  
Someone has taken it upon
themselves to save us from our erring
ways.  
Miraculously – so it appeared to all
those who knew the situation – the
conflicted service man changed
overnight.  "What did you tell him?"
they all asked the chaplain.  Rev.
Kimindu unveiled his secret:  "I told him
it was OK before God to be gay.  
Accept yourself and celebrate your
sexuality."   Rev. Kimindu showed me a
copy of the paper his gay counselee
had subsequently written. It was about
coming to an understanding of himself
as a gay man.

Rev. Kimindu told me about some
pastoral counseling classes he took in
the United States which included
understanding homosexuality as an
orientation.  He said he was impressed
with the openness and frankness with
which one could talk about
homosexuality in the Untied States,
unlike the present situation in Kenya.  
Jose handed me the phone and I took the call.  The
clergyman on the other end told me his name,  that he
was an Anglican minister and that it was imperative
that he meet with us, the sooner the better: "How soon
can we meet?"  

The clergyman was polite, but I wasn't sure how to
read his intentions.  The Kenyan accent can be
difficult for me to understand over the phone and the
Sunday before, Jose and I attended morning services
at the Anglican Cathedral.  Following the service we
were welcomed into the church office by the presiding
minister who introduced us to the guest speaker and
another church official.  We gave each a copy of the
book
The Children Are Free, our contact information,
and our testimony of faith and our self-affirmation as
gay men.  They engaged us in conversation and two
of the three politely but strongly disagreed with our
view of homosexuality and the Bible.  The third
member of the clergy stayed on and asked more
questions about our position.  In the course of the
week, this third clergy person spoke with the Anglican
minister who was now phoning me.

"Do you want to meet with us to debate our position?" I
asked my caller.  "We are convinced in our own minds
that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality the
way the church claims it does.  It would be a waste of
your time and ours if you are attempting to change our
minds."  "No," the answer came back.  "I am in
agreement with you."  Without hesitation, though a bit
stunned, I invited him to meet with us at our apartment
first thing the following morning.

Rev. Michael Kimindu sat in our apartment living room
and told me his story.  A retired chaplain of the
Kenyan Navy, while serving his country, he became
keenly aware of the need to understand gays in the
military.  As chaplain, he was made known of a service
man who was in counseling for an extended period of
time and who was becoming more and more
depressed.  No hope of change seemed possible.  His
family members were of course troubled by his
worsening condition.  Then, Rev. Kimindu was given
the opportunity to counsel the troubled man.   
While still a chaplain, he wrote a paper entitled
Human Sexuality and the Military (Armed Forces
in Kenya) With Reference to Homosexuality and
presented it to his constituency in the armed forces.  
He became vocally supportive of gays in his Anglican
community.  It cost him any further advancement in his
career as an Anglican minister, and he was given a
serious cut in pay.  But he was committed to ministry –
and now especially to minister to the disenfranchised
LGBTs within the Christian community.

I knew Rev. Kimindu had to meet
Rev. Glenna
Shepherd, the MCC (Metropolitan Community
Church) elder for Western Europe and Africa.  I had
contacted Glenna by email prior to our trip to Kenya.  
We had never met, but I wanted her to know what
Other Sheep would be doing in Kenya, anticipating
putting our efforts together where a church might be in
the making.  There certainly was a church in the
making where Rev. Kimindu was concerned.  

I was emailing Glenna my weekly reports from
Nairobi.   She wrote that she would be in Nairobi to
meet with another pastor that MCC had been
communicating with.  The timing was perfect.  And,
since she and her assistant, Katie, were looking for
housing, and since Jose and I were taking six days
away to vacation at the coast, our apartment was free
for their use.  They offered to help with the housing
cost; they flew in from England, and moved into our
empty apartment.

We returned to the apartment on an early Monday
morning.  That evening,
Other Sheep hosted an
MCC open house for our LGBT contacts to meet
Glenna and Katie.  It was a wonderful evening with
about thirty guests in attendance.

And yes, Rev. Kimindu had spent much time with Rev.
Shepherd.  He, like the pastor MCC came to meet, was
interviewed and screened for MCC training.  Rev.
Kimindu was accepted and invited to go to England
this October where he
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                             Nairobi Anglican Minister
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Nairobi Anglican minister

will receive training in ministering as an MCC
pastor.  MCC is in the exploration stage of
considering Rev. Kimindu as an MCC pastor for
Kenya.

And all of this came about because, well . . .,  we
boldly presented ourselves to the Anglican
ministers following the morning service at the
Nairobi Anglican Cathedral.  And one minister
took our message and shared our story with his
friend, Rev. Kimindu, whom he knew would want
and need to know "
they're here."   We welcomed
Rev. Kimindu into our sphere of LGBTs.  He was
with us almost daily . . . from the gay bar to our
pool party to our discussion groups to the PFLAG
meetings until the day we left, driving us off  to
the airport.  And all the time he was graciously
introducing himself to the LGBTs as the Anglican
minister of Nairobi who cares for the other sheep.
Other Sheep East Africa (OSEA)
board formed in Nairobi, Kenya

Because the interest and motivation was high among many gay
Christians and two Muslims to continue the kind of ministry they were
experiencing with Other Sheep during July and August, 2007, several
gays came together and formed an
Other Sheep East Africa board.  

About Other Sheep East Africa
    Other Sheep East Africa is an ecumenical Christian
    ministry by and for sexual minorities.  Established in
    Nairobi, Kenya and reaching out to Uganda,
    Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and other parts of Africa,
    it is  dedicated to connecting sexual minorities with
    people, information and resources that will uplift and
    encourage their spiritual life through the Internet,
    literature, organized events, worship opportunities
    and support groups.  The organization also works
    with people from other faiths, especially Muslims.

Mission Statement
    To foster, nurture and encourage the spiritual lives
    of LGBT Christians and other people of faith.

Vision Statements (Stated Objectives)

    1.  To create and maintain an East Africa Other
    Sheep
    Web site, a Yahoo group, and other means of
    networking through the Internet that will provide
    information relevant to sexual minorities primarily in
    matters of faith and religion.

    2.  To obtain and distribute in East Africa hard copies
    of the
    book The Children Are Free.

    3.  To promote the formation of PFLAG chapters in
    East
    Africa where parents, family and friends of LGBTs
    will, among other things, find support in addressing
    their concerns about faith and homosexuality.

    4.  To create opportunities where sexual minorities
    may meet in groups to interact on a variety of
    interests:  such as discussion groups where personal
    stories and reflection are shared; short-term study
    groups on particular topics; and prayer and worship
    groups.

    5.  To provide training in the use of the power point
    presentation on The Bible and Homosexuality; and to
    foster
    opportunities for the re-telling of this power point
    presentation
    to LGBTs and to the religious community at large.

    6.  To network and collaborate with religious leaders
    and
    organizations that are affirming of the gay community.

    7.  To create and maintain a library from which
    literature may
    be loaned to individuals.  

    8.  To create chapters of Other Sheep East Africa in
    other cities in East Africa where the spirit of the
    mission and vision of Other Sheep East Africa may
    be carried out.

The eight
member OSEA
board
is made up of
two lesbians and six
gay men.  Of these,
three are Anglicans,
two are Roman
Catholic, one is
Baptist, one is
Protestant, one is
non-affiliated.  Their
names, email
addresses and some
photos are posted on
the OSEA web site at
www.othersheep.org/O
SEA_About_Us.html

Photo at right:   OSEA
board member,
Jay
Kabui, Anglican, out to
parents, occupation:  
public servant.
Two OSEA board members
suffer persecution
 

NAIROBI   David D., acting chairperson of the
OSEA (Other Sheep East Africa) board, was
aggressively attacked twice at the gate of his
apartment complex in September.  His attackers
shouted he was gay and would not be tolerated
to live any longer there.  On both occasions his
attackers seriously cut his flesh with a cutting
object.  He feels he must move for fear of his life.

Simon T., Catholic, has been denied again
ordination to the priesthood on the basis of his
sexual orientation.  He writes, "I still have a great
desire to serve God as a priest and to change
the homosexual attitude of Roman Catholics from
within its ranks . . . to correct this discrimination."
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Author of The Man Jesus
Loved
speaks in Buenos Aires

Derrida” (contemporary French    
philosopher and father of  
“deconstructionism”).
  • A lecture on the family
    diversity and homophobia at
    CEGLA, the gay evangelical
    group, which meets regularly
    in the Methodist church of
    Flores (a Buenos Aires
    neighborhood).  
  • A workshop on contemporary
    challenges to the Wesleyan
    tradition in the First Methodist
    Church.
  • Rev. Ronna Case preached
    on Jesus’ parable of the wheat
    and tares, Sunday morning
    and evening, at the Central
    and the First Methodist
    churches, recounting her
    experience with her Chicago
    congregation that experienced
    dramatic new growth with
    younger generations from the
    neighborhood after it began to
    welcome GLBTT persons.
  • Consultation with Methodist
    leaders in planning and
    development of a new
    program at the ISEDET
    seminary on the Wesleyan
    tradition and related holiness
    and Pentecostal movements in
    Latin America, with plans for
    return visit and lectures in
    2008 on the subject by Profs
    Jennings and Dayton.  

Despite the highly controversial
nature of the subjects, reception was
uniformly open and positive, even in
more conservative contexts.  The
week also provided the motivation
and occasion for adding to the Other
Sheep web site significant articles in
English and Spanish on Methodist
founder John Wesley, in addition to
the articles by Ted Jennings (see
www.fundotrasovejas.org.ar).
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From the desk of the Executive Director, Steve Parelli:  
Africa calls for your help:  'Send the Books!'

For the last year and a half, I have personally met and spoken with
African LGBT leaders from Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, and Uganda.  
I've met them in
Geneva, Switzerland, New York City, and this
past summer in their own countries in
East Africa working there for
the duration of six weeks.  And I will see them again next spring
(2008) in Quebec City when I attend the ILGA (International Lesbian
and Gay Association) World Conference.

With every meeting I have introduced Jeff Miner and John Tylor
Connoley's book
The Children Are Free, a 91 page book that
"re-examines the Biblical evidence on same-sex relationships."  Again
and again I am told by its readers it is a book that scholarly and
simply dispels the anti-gay myths the Christian church has formulated
over the centuries by its misuse of the Bible.  It is a book for the lay
reader.

This summer in East Africa we personally distributed one
hundred copies.  I will never forget a Muslim who text messaged us:
 "I've just finished the book.   It has changed my life."  

What makes the reading of this book in Africa so powerful?  It
re-examines the Biblical evidence.  African Christians are Bible-driven
Christians:  What does the Bible say?  This book meets the LGBT
African Christian right where he lives . . . in the pages of  the Bible.  
That's why this book is so effective in Africa.  It stands up to every
Christian pulpit and altar in the land and skillfully defies the abusive
use of the Bible against LGBTs.  We currently have standing
requests for multiple copies of this book.

What can you do?  This book, The Children Are Free, is being
provided by JesusMCC at no cost for its free distribution in Africa
right now through the ministry of Other Sheep.  All that is needed are
two important resources:  
money and volunteers.   We need the
money to pay for the shipping.  We need the volunteers to prepare
the books for shipping, to correspond with the recipients, to follow the
distribution of the books to their destination, and to explore other
ways of distribution such as actually printing the books initially in
Africa.   This is a job that an individual could do from her or his home;
that an existing church group could take on; or a job around which
the formation of an Other Sheep chapter within your area could be
organized.

If  you are interested in helping, contact the Coordinator for Africa,
Jose Ortiz, at
bronzeprjo@hotmail.com, or by phone:  718-360-0884.  
Or, you may contact Steve Parelli at
sparelli2002@yahoo.com.
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Financial gifts may be made by check and sent to Other Sheep
C/o Gordon I. Herzog, Co-Chairperson, Board of Directors
16768 Old Jamestown Rd., Florissant, MO 63034
Email:  
GIHerzog@othersheep.org

Financial gifts may be made by Credit Card through Pay Pal at
www.othersheep.org or www.othersheepexecsite.com
Other Sheep resource materials can be found at www.othersheep.org, www.fundotrasovejas.org.ar  and
www.othersheepexecsite.com and may be freely copied and reprinted.  Copied materials should indicate their source and be
distributed free of charge.
For address removal, correction or addition, contact Steve Parelli, Executive Director, at
sparelli2002@yahoo.com or by direct mail
at 2962 Decatur Ave. 5D, Bronx, NY 10458. Home/Business Phone:  718-360-0884.
Other Sheep News is published quarterly by Other Sheep and is compiled and edited by Steve Parelli.  John Doner is assistant
editor.  Other Sheep is Multicultural Ministries with Sexual Minorities, working world wide in an ever-expanding variety of
languages, cultures and LGBT concerns, to share the good news that God loves all gay, lesbian bisexual and transgendered
persons just as they are and calls them into inclusive, gay-affirming, Christian communities.
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Oct. 1, 2007

Dear Friend of Other Sheep,

Steve's base contract is for $520.00 per month.
    In September of 2005, the Board of Directors of Other Sheep contracted with Steve Parelli as an
    independent contractor to provide Executive Director services to Other Sheep. As an independent
    contractor he has the opportunity to define what he will do, when he will do it and how much he will do.
    Since Other sheep had so little funds the contract was for $520 per month and it has been difficult to pay
    that, yet as we have all seen Steve has provided a great deal of benefits for us. We could never be able
    to hire a person to do this much as an employee. Only the fact that his services are entirely discretionary
    by him and he is so committed to the Christian work of Other Sheep is it possible for this relationship to
    exist or continue.

A matching grant for 2007.
    For the year 2007, Steve on behalf of Other Sheep applied for and received a matching grant of $6,240
    which doubles his contract income for 2007.   His 2007 contract will be for $12,480.

We have an immediate financial need going into 2008.  We only need 26 donors.
    Other Sheep would like to continue paying Steve the base independent contractor amount with which he
    began.  That is, we would like to give Steve $6,240 per year in addition to whatever grants or monies he
    may raise for us for this purpose. Because our general fund is depleted, we are seeking 26 people to
    pledge $20.00 a month to the base monthly contract amount for Steve Parelli for the year 2008.  With
    only 26 donors giving $20 a month, we can maintain Steve's base annual contract of $6,240 and secure
    the matching grant of $6,240 to increase the contract to $12,480.

Your $20 per month will go far.  
    Steve spends his full time for Other Sheep despite the fact he has no obligation to do that and is not even
    an employee of Other Sheep.  This is really a story of the mustard seed and the accomplishment of the
    Holy Spirit in persons’ lives. In the past two years he and his partner have spoken in six countries outside
    of the USA (in addition to Mexico 2005); he has networked at conferences from Switzerland to the West
    Coast USA; he introduces Other Sheep to churches and interested groups in the Northeast USA; he
    maintains the websites of Other Sheep, puts together the quarterly newsletter; he's written articles for us
    and has been published.  And he raises money to help defer the costs of special projects.  You're $20 a
    month will keep all this going, and more.  What an excellent investment in the lives of LGBTs.

Thank you for your thoughtful support. Please let me know the amount of your pledge for this so that we might
continue the contract.

Gordon I Herzog,
Co-chairperson, Other Sheep
St. Louis, MO
Email:  
GIHerzog@aol.com
                       
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Mail to Other Sheep, 16768 Old Jamestown Rd, Florissant MO  63034-1409

Maintaining the Base:  Yes, I would like to pledge the following amount toward Steve's base annual
contract of $6,240 and become "One of the 26"

  • $20.00 per month beginning _______ (date)

  • $240 for the year 2008:  I would like to pay my pledge in full now   _______

  • Another amount: I would like to give ______

Name________________________  Email __________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________
Rev. Michael Kimindu, Anglican
clergyman
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