A bride who pledged to stay a virgin until marriage presented her father with a certificate on her wedding day declaring that she’d kept her promise.
Brelyn Bowman, who married Timothy Bowman earlier this month in a ceremony attended by 3,500 people, posted a photo to Instagram last week that showed her dancing with her father.
In the caption, she explained her unusual wedding gift to her dad. “Dancing with my first love,” she wrote in a post that got nearly 3,000 likes. “I was able to present a certificate of purity to him signed by my doctor that my hymen was still intact. Also, the covenant he gave me when I was 13. When you honor God, your life will automatically honor others!”
Brelyn’s father, Michael A. Freeman, is the founder and pastor at theSpirit of Faith Christian Center in Maryland. He posted a photo of the purity certificate on Instagram two days ago, and the post has gotten more than 1,000 likes, though by his own admission it got some negative reaction as well. “Who knew that a pic like this would get so much negativity but a natural man will not understand things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to them!!!”
A couple of weeks before the Oct. 10 wedding, Brelyn posted her wedding invitation on Instagram, declaring the celebration would be open to the public. “How many times have you witnessed two virgins get married?” she said.
“If one person has made a decision to wait until marriage or decide to stop and wait we have done our job! Let’s make Jesus famous!” Brelyn wrote in another post.
But for now, Brelyn is sticking to her mission. “So excited to share our story and encourage others to wait!” she wrote in her latest Instagram post. “It’s not too late to wait, make a decision today!”