NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"What the youth need today is love education, not sex education," says Derek Ross, who directs True Love Waits in the Philippines. He should know.
In metro Manila, a city with 5 million high school students, school officials don't need to be convinced of the need for abstinence education.
At Dasmarinas National High, with 20,000-plus students at its main campus and eight annexes, it only took a 10-minute conversation with the principal, David Atas, to generate interest in sharing True Love Waits' abstinence-until-marriage message there.
"You don't have to convince me, I know we need True Love Waits in our campus," Atas said. "We have girls getting pregnant." In 2006, the same year of the initial meeting with Atas, more than 2,000 Dasmarinas students made commitments not only to abstinence but also to Jesus Christ through True Love Waits.
"Schools have jumped on True Love Waits; nationwide, we receive initiations every day," Ross said, noting that schools with 5,000 to 50,000 students within a short distance of each other is not uncommon. Read More