More from the interviews with Rachel Hyman (SOOMA) and Brandon Scott (The Scott Firm)
BY KIMBERLY LUSTE MARAN [Main Story]
Rachel, what advice do you have for other young adults, especially those who are looking for relationships?
"Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires" (S. of Sol. 8:4). And another text: "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" (Prov. 4:23). The Bible is full of guidance: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you" (Matt. 7:7).
"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:28-30). Jesus' way for relationships is the least difficult, most rewarding, and safest way to go!
What are three positive outcomes you can share about SOOMA?
Several people, who told me that they would never join an online dating site and who were completely against online dating, decided to try SOOMA because they felt that it was different. That was pretty cool!
My best friend from Denmark was really discouraged because she couldn't find a dedicated Adventist man to date and marry. I encouraged her to join SOOMA, and about a week after she joined, she met an Adventist man from Norway. They have now been dating for six months.
Creating SOOMA on my own has really shown me that with God's help, nothing is impossible.
Brandon, where do you see God in all this? And how big a part do you think prayer plays in finding a match?
First of all, I believe God is all about relationships (dating, marriage, friendships, etc.). I see this starting with the inner workings of the Godhead and going right down to Genesis 2:18: "It is not good for the man to be alone." What The Scott Firm aspires to do in a world of unhealthy, dysfunctional relationships is help men and women have the tools to find true healthy and loving relationships.
I pray with every client I work with, as I understand God is the ultimate matchmaker, starting with Adam and Eve. My clients and I pray throughout the process of matchmaking that God’s work be done in getting them to where He wants them.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
1. Revamping singles ministries at many churches. I don’t see this ministry currently producing relevant answers to the singles’ laundry list of questions to navigate through today's single society.
2. Increasing youth outreach (college tours, etc.). To use the success of assisting in the building of healthy relationships in the Adventist and Christian community to bridge the gap to the secular world. We need to show that world that the way to healthy and successful relationships is built on a foundation based on Christian principles.
3. Helping decrease divorce. We need to help bring the divorce rate down by engaging marriage ministries to do more relevant seminars, activities, and getaways that will benefit, mend, and sustain healthy marriages.