In the spirit of peace, church apologizes to those it has hurt
Finally, a story about a Stripper Mom with a happy ending.
You remember the story back in 2001about Christina Silvas? Silvas was asked to withdraw her daughter from the church-run school because Silvas was working as a stripper. On Sunday, Silvas sat with her daughters during the worship service as the pastor apologized.
Cole said he decided to apologize while preparing for this week's sermon.
"This has been weighing on my heart," the pastor said in an interview before the sermon. "This should have been done long ago, I don't want to let any more time go by."
After the sermon, Silvas, teary-eyed, called Cole's heartfelt apology amazing. "For so long all I felt was shame - people whispered about me, calling me the stripper mom," said Silvas, 31.
She said she had been urged by friends and attorneys to sue Capital Christian but had declined.
Now working for the state, Silvas quietly returned to the church about a year ago. Last year, she said, Cole and other church leaders offered a full scholarship to Silvas' two daughters.
"Coming back to church and my girls going to school here is more valuable than what any settlement would have bought," she said.
Perhaps this is a sign of something greater for the Stripper Moms of the world.
We have nothing to be ashamed of. None of us do.