HOW OUR JOURNEY BEGAN
Founder & President of Love on a Mission, Deena Pfahler, shares how her vision to help LGBTQ+ youth came about.
My journey started in February 2013 when I found a letter addressed to me that I was never intended to find. It started out by saying, "If I never get a chance to tell you...." In this letter written by one of my twins, Aaron, he revealed that he was gay. I felt as if my heart had stopped beating. I have always been very close to my three boys and I did not want this newfound information to come between our relationship. For three months I prayed, fasted and tried to research everything I could get my hands on. After I finally shared with Aaron that I knew and assured him of my love for him and that I would stand with him even though I didn't fully understand nor at this time even agreed with everything, Austin (his twin) felt safe to come out as well. What I found, as I prayed for God to speak to my boys and change their hearts, was that God began to speak to me and transformed my heart and mind.
Aaron & Austin moved to LA in July of 2014 to pursue a YouTube channel and modeling. In January of 2015, they uploaded a video that has changed their lives along with mine. They had a viral coming out video to their father. The video has over 25 million views and it has helped others gain courage and hope for their lives.
In April 2015 I received a text from a friend that knew my heart and passion for young people and the LGBTQ community. In this text, he asked if I knew of any resources for a young man, a senior in high school, that after coming out to his parents he had to move out. My heart broke for this young man that I didn't even know but through this brokenness Love on a Mission was birthed.