Be part of the mission. Reach more men like Tanner.
What happens when a porn-addicted, same-sex attracted man encounters God in the presence of other godly men?
In October 2015, Tanner Grinde found himself sitting with hundreds of other men at the Promise Keepers Canada Men | Impactus Conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta. If you met him that weekend, you would have never known Tanner was living with the reality of same-sex attraction and a pornography addiction that had been going on for seven years.
As the event began, Tanner experienced something unique and powerful – the voices of men worshiping Jesus together! “It was incredible to listen to so many men singing worship songs. On top of that, every speaker was so vulnerable, talking honestly about the struggles of being a man and the grip of sin in our lives.
Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus was a voice of hope when I needed it most. I remember the power of going to the front and praying with other men as we asked God to come into our lives.”
Following the event, Tanner knew he needed to “keep pursuing this God thing.” He joined a sex addiction group and asked another man to mentor him.
Tanner chose to remain single as he focused on his healing. “I kept pressing into the life God wanted for me.”
Along the way, Tanner also maintained a connection with Mauricio Rosa – a staff member with Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus. Mauricio was another man who was able to speak into Tanner’s life and the journey God was taking him on.
Mauricio was teaching a workshop for men on “Understanding Your Identity” and brought Tanner with him to the event. Again, God used this time in a significant way to shape Tanner’s life and sense of who he is as a man, made in the image of God.
Over time, God set Tanner free from his porn addiction and from his same-sex attraction. Today, Tanner describes his experience with pornography and homosexuality as something that “attacked the identity and worth he has as a man.”
In 2017, God brought Margaret into his life. Following a series of circumstances that can best be described as God at work, Tanner and Margaret entered into a relationship and were later married in 2019.
Tanner’s story is all about God’s power and grace to set men free. He is a living testimony to the reality of how Jesus is still setting people free two thousand years after declaring, “It is Finished!”
This story has happened because of God’s grace and people like you.
Your financial and prayer support has made it possible for thousands of men – including Tanner – to have their lives changed.
Tanner’s story reminds us that life is a journey, and it often takes multiple people and moments spread out over time for God to shape a life. Tanner also knows God is not finished working in his life.
Across Canada, there are millions of more men, just like Tanner. Men need to be set free – and they need to be equipped for a life of purpose and godly impact.
It is so important to invest in men through significant events like the one Tanner attended as well as the ongoing work to help men walk with Jesus throughout the year. This is what the ministry of Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus is all about.
You can be part of reaching more men like Tanner.
Shortly after Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples gathered, trying to process what seemed to be happening. Jesus appeared in the middle of the room and said these words – “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” (John 20:21)
We receive peace because we know Jesus has conquered the power of sin and death. But the resurrection is not only to make us feel good that Jesus is alive. He also calls us to be part of this same mission – to bring this same hope to others.