Life lessons through lovePublished 11:04am Friday, April 19, 2013
Craig and Molly Sanborn realize they aren’t the biggest influences in people’s lives. Still, they know they can have a positive effect on youngsters, and they’ll continue to spread their message of abstinence and making good overall choices for as long as they can.
The Sanborns, from Long Prairie, Minn., will bring one of their free presentations, “Lessons from a Love Story,” to Austin from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday in Austin High School’s Knowlton Auditorium.
“We definitely encourage parents to come,” Molly said. “We are not people who make the biggest difference. Those who make the biggest difference in a teenager’s life are the parents.”
Molly and Craig travel the country and speak about abstinence, bullying, drug and alcohol use, faith and overall good choices. Craig is a youth pastor, and Molly offers several of her own presentations, the most popular of which is “Keep Your Pants On!” Next Wednesday the couple will share “Lessons from a Love Story,” which outlines the story about how the couple met, their embarrassing moments, challenges, faith and why they remained abstinent until marriage. Rachel’s Hope is sponsoring the event, which includes prizes, such as a mini iPad, gift cards and more. The presentation is unique as listeners can get both male and female perspectives in one sitting.
“There are actually payoffs that come with making choices of purity,” Craig said. “We’re experiencing what we feel are blessings and benefits that come through those choices.”
The Sanborns realize many of their listeners have already made different choices, but the Sanborns address that, too.
According to Rachel’s Hope in Austin, a resource for struggling mothers and women, 21 percent of ninth-graders are sexually active, and 56 percent will be sexually active by their senior year. The Sanborns address those issues, the pressures and consequences.
“I would say that because we waited until we were 27 and 36, we understand the pressures, and we tell kids when we see them, ‘You are going to experience pressures,’” Craig said.
Though the Sanborns give different presentations to large groups around the country on nearly a weekly basis, they’re available to individuals, as well.
“We want kids and parents to know that we really read and respond to every message we get,” Molly said.
More information about the couple and their presentations is available at craigandmollysanborn.com.