By AMANDA GREENE
Wilmington Faith and Values
Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a talk about God and sexually transmitted diseases.
But more than 1,600 teens and their parents from Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties traveled to the Wilmington Convention Center on Sunday night (Feb. 12) to learn about the dangers of sex outside of marriage.
The Christian teen rally, Sex Gone Wild: Passion for Purity In a World Out of Control, brought church vans full of teens from Riegelwood, Southport, Hampstead and all over the Wilmington area. Christian rock bands warmed up the crowd before national Christian speaker and abstinence advocate Pam Stenzel took the stage.
Stenzel, who travels the nation speaking to middle- and high school students, spoke to her Sunday night crowd a little differently than she does in schools.
“I’m going to say something right now that I can’t say in middle schools,” she said, with a chuckle. “Students, God created sex, and it’s awesome! But he created it with a boundary: marriage.”
Stenzel talked about the physical effects of having STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea or genital warts.
The students listened, intently, clapping in support when Stenzel confessed that she was a child of rape. Her mother was 15 years old when she decided to put Stenzel up for adoption, she said.
Some students talked amongst themselves about what they were learning. As Stenzel spoke about women becoming sterile after having multiple STDs, one female teen leaned over to her friends to ask: “Cervix? What’s a cervix?”
A male friend nearby answered: “It’s in your stomach area, I think.”