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Strip Church Training Update May 26, 2011

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“You’re gonna LOVE Las Vegas!”

That’s what the lady I sat next to on the plane said to me on the way here.

Well, she’s right. I do love it. But not in the way she meant. My newly found love for the broken people in this city will compel me to pray. Afterall, isn’t that the best kind of love?

 

The Strip Church training was phenomenal, to say the least. Harmony Dust, founder of Treasures ministry, was our instructor for most of the conference. And I’m going to tell you, this girl is the real deal. She’s 100% honest, transparent and incredibly wise. Not to mention, she’s a great communicator. My friend and I were so comforted to know (after listening to the basics of starting a ministry to girls in the sex trade) that we were on the right track. Without knowing any “rules” or suggestions from others in this type of ministry, we have been guided by God in the areas of prayer, accountability, authority, submission, mission statement and creativity. And on top of that, we have been challenged and inspired in how we approach ministry to the Sparrows in our local strip club.

 

Last night we went out in teams to do strip club outreach here in Las Vegas. The goal of the outreach (and the model for how Harmony does strip club outreach with Treasures) was to give small gift bags containing simple things like lip gloss,  jewelry and the Treasures website to the dancers at each club. You do this by approaching the guy at the door and asking if you can give the girls some gifts. Sometimes they invite you in to directly hand the gifts to the girls and sometimes they promise to make sure the girls get the gifts later. Of course, there are times when they reject the gifts altogether. My friend and I were on two different teams but we went out at the same time. Her team actually went into a club and she was able to have a positive interaction with a dancer. My team just stood outside and gave the gift bags to the club House Mom who promised to deliver the gifts throughout the night. Harmony wisely reminded us that this is a “seed-sowing” ministry. It’s an investment. Sometimes you see the fruit and sometimes you don’t. I was deeply satisfied to know that the girls will receive those gifts and, for at least one moment, feel like someone cares about them.

 

I will post more about what I’ve learned here as time goes on. There is much to think about.

I will say that I was especially moved to realize that human trafficking must be occurring on college campuses, especially on football weekends. This has stirred something within me, being that we live in a college town.

We have all day tomorrow to explore and relax and then we fly home on Saturday.

 

Thank you so much for praying. Please continue to pray. I only want to do what God wants us to do – nothing more and nothing less.

 

Not a sparrow falls without the Father knowing,

Janet

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4 Responses to “Strip Church Training Update”

  1. Jen Wilton Says:

    Love it.
    Keep posting!

  2. Dannah Gresh Says:

    Keeping you in my prayers Janet! May the Lord guide and direct you.

  3. Carly Says:

    How do you give the women at the clubs the gospel?

    • admin Says:

      Well, our ministry is still in the baby stages. We have just been praying for the girls and the club for a year now. However, if you do research into effective stripclub ministry, it’s usually done over time with consistent, positive contact and then the Gospel may be shared once relationship is established. It’s definitely not a ministry for those who are looking for quick “results”. It’s usually a slow burn as you deal with women who have been rejected and hurt repeatedly in their lives.


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