Giving You the Gospel: Pinky Promise Founder
Encouraging women to steer clear of “randoms” and honor God with their bodies by taking the ‘Pinky Promise’, Heather Lindsey is reaching over 30,000 women across the globe, with her Pinky Promise ministry. Founded in 2012, Pinky Promise quickly grew from a jewelry line, to accountability groups in multiple neighborhoods and college campuses. Check out their beliefs HERE.
JET had a chance to speak with Heather Lindsey about why she and her husband waited for marriage to have their first kiss, what it was like to find her birth mother this year, and what to expect in 2015. Rumor has it, she’s expecting Baby #2.
JET: Your ministry Pinky Promise started small, but now has sections all across the globe. What is Pinky Promise?
I founded Pinky Promise on Jan. 27, 2012. It was birthed from my struggle with being single and placing my value and worth in men ,and unhealthy relationships. After I got married, I came up with an idea to design a few bracelets that women could wear to remind them of their worth. After I created the bracelets, I started the Pinky Promise Store. After about 3 months of continuously selling out of every product, I realized it wasn’t enough to just give a woman a bracelet, tell her not to have sex outside of marriage or don’t cheat on her husband. I knew I couldn’t reach every woman physically, but if I created a network of women, they would be able to meet in groups on a regular basis, and be accountable for each other.
JET: You and your husband Cornelius waited for marriage to have sex, what was that experience like?
We also waited to kiss until our wedding day! It was so worth the wait! When you’re not having sex with a person while courting, you get a chance to get to know them emotionally with no “blinders” like sex. Sex clouds your vision of a person and that’s why when you marry him, you finally see his crazy. He’s been crazy all along, you were just blinded by it. Waiting for sex until marriage is beyond worth it!
JET: Adopted as a child, you recently shared how you found your birth mother. How was that experience?
It was an emotional roller coaster! It was hard, because old feelings that you thought you never had resurfaced! You ask yourself questions like, “will she want to have a relationship with me” or “will she reject me”? Nonetheless, it’s been smooth sailing! I’m so thankful that God connected us! She lives in LA and we talk almost daily. I will be blogging about the experience soon (www.heatherllindsey.com)
JET: Outside of Pinky Promise, what are your other passions?
I love to decorate our home. There’s nothing like making a house a warm, cozy home. My husband and I are homebodies so we love to sit at home and just enjoy each others company. We are on the road a lot so we appreciate the silence. I’m also very passionate about writing, cooking, running and spending time with our 19-month-old son, Logan.
JET: As we come close to the end of the year, what can we expect from you in 2015 ?
I’m super excited about hosting the 2015 Pinky Promise Conference in Atlanta. It’s probably one of thee most powerful encounters with God that I’ve ever experienced. Plan on being laid out on the floor before God daily with quiet time, amazing workshops, 24-hour worship and so much more. I’m also releasing book number four and our non-profit, Pinky Promise is going to be hosting a statewide baby shower and we are going into even more schools to share Christ. We are also excited to announce that we are expecting a new baby in July of this year. As we began the process of adopting, we found out that we were pregnant which was a pretty unexpected surprise. We have learned that God’s interruptions are the best kind of interruptions! We will continue to pursue adoption when our two children are a bit older.
JET: Is there anything you’d like to share with JET readers?
My advice to you would be to enjoy the season that you’re currently in. At times, we try to run from one season in our life to the next one and we completely miss out on what God is trying to show us in our current season. Don’t waste your whole life being discontent while hoping and wishing you were somewhere else doing something else. Instead, cut off anybody or anything that is hindering your walk with God and press into Him. Spend time with Him daily, read your Bible and find a good church home. God has not forgotten about you, trust Him.
About Nikki Carpenter
Writer. Social Media Manager. Community Activist.