I’m a Stripper…I just don’t dance around a pole. May 13, 2011

Filed under: Pushed Out of the Nest — admin @ 10:13 am

Well, I’m sure that heading at least got my mom’s attention…


SparrowFly is all about my heart for a group of ladies who dance at our local strip club.


Have I always had  a desire for meeting the heart-needs of exotic dancers? Nope.

Have I been consumed with a burning passion to free those caught in the sex trade? Actually…no.


I was just sitting at a conference in July 2010 – a conference that was all about receiving hope and healing from our Creator so we can help the poor, the broken, the sick and the lost. As I sat at that conference, suddenly – like one of those Times Square digital banners, this question ran through my mind:

“Hey, Janet. What about those girls who dance up at <that strip club>?”

At first I kind of shooed away the question, like swatting at a pesky fly. But it kept playing and re-playing in my mind. That same question. Those same words.

It continued after I came home for several weeks. So one day, I thought, “Well, I have no love for those girls, but I can at least pray for them.” I went on the club’s website (with big accountability and great caution – please don’t just start skipping through strip club websites!) and easily accessed a list of the dancers’ names. 27 names.

One glance  at those 27 names and I was on the floor of my kitchen immediately consumed with compassion for them. I couldn’t stop sobbing. Not to get hokie on you, but I know they were supernatural tears. It felt like the Creator was crying through me. Suddenly I loved those girls. Really loved them and I’ve never even met them. Prayer does that.

Kay Warren calls it Dangerously Surrendered, Seriously Disturbed, Gloriously Ruined.


So…through a series of God-appointments, there are about 10 of us who get together to pray for these Sparrows.

Why do we call them Sparrows? Psalm 124:7 says, We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!” In the original Hebrew language, that bird mentioned is most likely a sparrow…which is exactly why I’m just like those strippers. I’m no stranger to snares. God is continually breaking traps in my life and setting me free. I feel like every day my Creator is taking His giant sledgehammer to a painful trap so I can shake it loose and freely live. People who are caught up in the sex industry may not realize it but they’re caught in a snare, and that’s not what their Creator intended for them. That’s not what He has intended for anyone.

I may not dance around a pole on a stage, but I am a woman who battles with insecurity, fear, wounds from the past and doubt about what I could do in the future. Suddenly, those ladies are not “Strippers”. They’re Sparrows – Creatures that seem small and frail but have the created ability to FLY! Just like me.

On May 24, I and another lady on the SparrowFly team are heading to Las Vegas for a training conference with The Strip Church. It’s a couple of days of learning how they love on the Sparrows in Sin City. There’s a verse in Proverbs that says, “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good. Haste makes mistakes.” Because of that, we’re spending much time in prayer and gaining knowledge and wisdom from others who do this type of ministry. I’m hoping to video blog while we’re there. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll at least type up some entries for you.


A couple of important things:

-I have no desire to go into a strip club. I will never enter into a club without direction from the Creator, unity with the team, permission from my husband and the blessing of the leadership of my church. My desire is to reach those ladies and I’m asking God to get as creative as possible with that.

-The women on the SparrowFly team know that we are not about “storming the gates” of the club. It is about patience, prayer and God’s timing. We realize that God may want us to only pray for years in preparation for the next generation’s work. Our love for the Sparrows and trust in God compels us to be content with that idea, however, we don’t think that’s going to be the case. We consistently pray that our lives would cross paths with a Sparrow.

There are about a million other things I could say, but this is a blog, not “War and Peace”.


Check out this blog once in a while and see how God leads us on in this journey. We don’t have it all figured out but that keeps us dependent on Him, doesn’t it?

Not a sparrow falls without the Father knowing,



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10 Responses to “I’m a Stripper…I just don’t dance around a pole.”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Love your heart. Can’t wait to see the cages open. Bless you.

  2. Chris Says:

    Janet, I love your heart for obedience, displayed through your commitment to pray, even if the prayers are for the next generation. That is a selfless purpose to not have to see the fruit. Amen sister.

  3. Janet,
    loved your blog. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that you are a part of Centre Church and team. Inspiring stuff.


  4. Stephanie Johnston Says:

    Hi Janet,
    Not sure if you remember me or not but I am in North Houston. You and the crew came about a year ago for a Secret Keeper Girl event in Spring, Texas. Anyway… I wanted to let you know that our church has a ministry very similiar to what you are describing here. We call it Piercing the Darkness. One of our ladies and her husband (her husband drives, does not go in) goes to the strip clubs on Friday nights. The testamony she brings back is amazing. She brings “goodie” bag for each of them and shares Gods amazing love. It is a huge success. If you want to know more about how they are doing it, just let me know. This is an amazing thing that you are undertaking. I will be praying for your ministry!
    Take care, Stephanie

    • admin Says:

      You really think I wouldn’t remember you?? I totally do!
      Thank you for the info. After I go through the training in Vegas next week, I’ll hopefully have more direction and thought-out questions and then I’ll let you know. Thanks a million for the prayers, too!

  5. Denise Says:

    After you told me about this the other day, I have been praying for you. I like the name of your blog and that you refer to them as Sparrows, like us, who are created to fly – to break free. I can think of many times when sparrows are mentioned in the Bible and how God cares for them. It also makes me think of an old song “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” Haven’t heard it for awhile, but I can remember the lyrics to the chorus. Praying for you as you take this next step by going to Las Vegas next week to learn how to minister to these women.

  6. Diane Klimek Says:

    Janet, what a powerful missionary trip you adventured on. My husband and I just got back from Vegas, while enjoying Hoover Dam, the Valley of Fire National Park and the Beetles show, I was appalled how they gave out pictures of girls on the streets and how much we saw of girls, without even looking or going into a club. I am very interested in any local missions you are a part of in the future. I did one missionary trip to NYC two years ago and it was an incredible spiritual experience.

    Diane Klimek (the nursery worker)

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