Restored Hope Network is holding a conference in California this weekend and won’t let opposition shut them down.
The network was set up to help people with same-gender attractions leave the lifestyle through Christ.
Radio talk show host Janet Mefferd, whose program “Janet Mefferd Live” is broadcast on American Family Radio, tells OneNewsNow that the two-day conference will begin this Friday.
Mefferd, who is scheduled to speak, emphasizes that this conference will bring people together to encourage one another in the Lord, build one another up, and present the latest research on this topic.
A group of protesters is expected to show up at the San Diego venue, City View Church. Activists claims 700 have vowed to show up.
"And so we are keeping an eye on that, praying for our safety, and praying that the conference will continue to go off without a hitch," she says.
“They are trying to paint it as a ‘pray away the gay conversion therapy’ conference, and it is certainly not that,” explains Mefferd. “I don’t know of anybody at Restored Hope Network who believes in conversion therapy – whatever that is – or ‘pray the gay away.’"
Such phrases are nothing but a "caricature" of Restored Hope, she says.
"A straw man that they set up so that they can have an excuse to come and protest what we’re doing," she explains.
According to Mefferd, the goal of the conference is to help people find hope in Jesus Christ, and ttens of thousand of people have already been helped.
Restored Hope is working to have adequate security in place in case the protesters develop a mob mentality. And conference organizers believe that any potential disruption can be met with prayer.