If your life has been affected in a negative way by pornography or sexual addiction, we understand. We have felt what you feel. We won't tell you that you're crazy or to just "get over it." We share hearts along with experience, strength and hope. We listen, we care, we empathize but we don't tell you what you should do. Together we try to work on our own lives within our specific situations, and to grow in relationship with God.
NLP was founded in 1997 as an email discussion group and this continues as our primary focus. We share our stories, our experiences, strength, and hope with each other via a Yahoo Groups private group. Yahoo acts as our listserver, accumulating our messages in a forum where members can read and respond on the internet, but also allowing members to receive the messages as individual emails in their personal email accounts if they prefer that interface. We can share as little or as much as we are comfortable with. Questions are always welcome; members try to respond, not with specific advice, but with their own experiences - what has helped (or not helped) them.
There are a few guidelines that are distributed to all incoming members. Some of these are designed to keep our conversations respectful. For example, husband-bashing (or "other woman"-bashing) is not permitted. We understand anger and a need to vent. However, nasty comments or name-calling are not necessary. Similarly, we do not allow blatant criticism or condemnation of any individual member or church denomination. We are here to help each other and not tear each other down.
Throughout the year we host several 4-8 week study groups for those who are interested, in a separate Book and Bible Study forum. These take several different forms, depending on the facilitator and the topic. In the past we have used videos that are available on the internet, or followed a published study or read a book or section of the Bible together. Each week we have discussion topics or questions that we can respond to and share our thoughts via email or Yahoo Groups.
The NLP Prayer Group is a place where members of New Life Partners may share prayer requests and offer prayer for each other. Members may write their prayers to the group, send to the individual or simply pray in silence. We invite Jesus to be with us and hear our prayers!
Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."
NLP maintains a small library including many books from our Recommended Reading list. These are available on loan to active members, residing in the US, who otherwise may not be able to obtain them, for just the cost of postage.
Our annual NLP Retreat/Conference is a time for members to get together in person. The location and dates vary from year to year - the picture at the left was taken at a recent retreat site. We purposely try to hold the event in different parts of the country to make it easier for our widely-scattered members to attend occasionally. We sometimes have guest speakers, there are meaningful presentations and activities, general sharing time and free time. The retreat always includes lots of hugs, laughs, tears, learning, and sharing. It has been a life-changing experience for many.