Our Ministries

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Other Sheep works on many levels, both internationally and locally. Its international ministry activities include the following:

1. A team of biblical and theological scholars, including our founder, Rev. Dr. Tom Hanks, write and teach in Spanish and English on the subject of sexuality in the Bible.

2. We provide positive material related to sexual diversity, the Bible and Christian life to 74 resource centers throughout the world, including five in Africa and 58 in the 33 largest cities of Latin America. We seek to collect relevant materials (articles, books, videos) in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French and make them available to our resource centers, on our websites, and on request. This often involves translation of materials from English into Spanish and vice versa. Our hope is to greatly expand our contacts and work in Africa, and a volunteer coordinator for this is needed.

3. We work with existing lgbt Christian ministries in Latin America and actively pursue the development of new ones, particularly in cities where they do not currently exist, through mission trips and communication via telephone and e-mail.

4. We are very active in seeking out and mentoring men and women who feel a call to ministry but are not able to fulfill that call in their own denomination or who feel a call to work in ministry to the sexually diverse population.

5. We also join forces with lgbt human rights groups (often ILGA affiliates) in the struggle to obtain equal human rights for sexual minorities in a variety of countries.

6. Other Sheep has two Websites, one bilingual and academic in nature and one in Spanish which is pastoral in approach. The latter especially provides the opportunity for counseling with people from all over Latin America and Spain who experience conflict between their faith and their sexual orientation.

7. On an institutional level, we network with other like-minded people and organizations on an international, national and local basis. In the United States, because of its ecumenical approach, Other Sheep offers the opportunity to form a coalescing organization at the local level by bringing together sexual minorities from the various denominational lgbt groups to support campaigns for equal human rights, sponsor weekend appearances of nationally-known lgbt speakers and carry out other activities which smaller groups alone could not achieve. This in fact has been done in St. Louis, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana

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