I'd like to think that in 20 years we've heard all the different variations on the theme of transformation through Christ, but I was amazed at the uniformity of the transformations people were experiencing. It didn't make any difference who we were talking to, they were speaking of the genuineness of this experience.
Paul Franklin, the founder of IMS Productions and producer of the Living Free Video Training Series, made this comment in 1992 after interviewing 16 leaders and participants in New York City and 12 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The interviews featured a broad spectrum of people, from Wall Street executives and suburban homemakers to former heroin addicts and gang members, yet all whose lives were touched through the ministry of Turning Point.
Paul continues by saying,
In one culture overeating is the drug of choice, in another culture heroin may be the drug of choice, in another culture alcohol may be the drug of choice. But when you get past all of those substances, you are left with human beings that look very, very much alike. They are dealing with fear, resentment, and anger. They are also dealing with their hurts and loneliness. Through Turning Point all these people, each from their own different backgrounds, can come together and see how very much the same they are once they get rid of their drug of choice. That's what I saw.
Those early testimonies were strong. There was the father, a Vietnam vet, who was an alcoholic and a barroom brawler with $16,000 worth of reconstructive surgery on his nose from fights. He could not relate to his daughter, who was headed for an uncertain future feeling no one loved her. But after he completed a group, he has been able to tell her every day that he loves her.