So…..I’ve been going into strip clubs lately. There. I’ve said it. Now pick your jaw up off the floor. I know that confession shocks many of you. I recently shared that juicy tidbit of information with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while and to say they were shocked would be an understatement. Why in the world would I, the next best thing to Sandra Dee (ok, so I grew up on the movie Grease), go into a strip club? The answer is simple. There are women in those clubs who are broken and devastated (whether they know it or not) and they need to be told that someone loves and cares about them. There is One who will never leave them and whose love will never change. They need to be introduced to the Great Lover of their souls, Jesus.
The truth is, I go into the clubs for the same reason I go into churches all over the country with our Finally Free Women’s Conferences. There are women sitting in every church in America who are just as broken and devastated as any woman dancing in a club. How can I say that? Because women are women no matter where you find them. We all have insecurities. We’re all afraid we will never measure up. (I have no idea who is holding the measuring stick.) We’re all secretly hoping that somehow someone will find us worth loving and tell us we matter.
This point was made very clear to me just a few weeks ago. My friend, Stefanie, and I were in one of the clubs handing out small gifts to the dancers, which is something we do each time. Inevitably one of the dancers will ask why we are giving them gifts and being so nice? That’s when we have the great privilege of mentioning the name of Jesus inside the walls of those clubs and literally being His Hands and Feet.
On this particular night we were about to leave the club when we noticed a new dancer had just arrived going straight to the stage. We wanted to make sure she received a gift as well, so we walked up to her and held out the gift bag. She stopped and came over to us and asked, “What is this for?” Stefanie spoke right up and said, “We are loved and we want you to know that you are loved too. God loves you and you matter.” I’ll never forget the look in the dancer’s eyes as they began to well with tears. I’ll never forget it because it’s very familiar. I’ve seen it time and again in the eyes of women at our conferences when they hear those same powerful words. God loves you and you matter. I saw that same look as I stared into my own eyes in the mirror many years ago having heard that life-changing truth for the first time. It’s a sacred moment when the words go beyond the ears and enter the mind and begin to sprout in the heart. The moment the tiny fragile seed of belief is planted in a heart with the simple question we secretly ask ourselves, What if? You can see the dancers as the wheels begin to turn in their own minds. “What if these “church ladies” are right? Oh please, let them be right!”
We’ve been developing some amazing relationships inside those walls and each time we enter the clubs we get to throw a splash of water on the tiny seeds that God has already planted in some of the girl’s hearts. It’s truly amazing.
So that’s one of the things I’ve been up to recently. You will be hearing more about this in future blogs as well. I can’t wait to see what God has in store!
Can we make a deal? I’ll pray for you and you pray for me. Please pray for our outreach team that goes into the clubs. Pray for protection and that we would fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel by showing these women God’s unconditional love. And I’ll pray for you as God continues to reveal Himself and as He shows you where you can most effectively use the gifts He’s entrusted to you. It might be in a place where you least expect it!
Amen, it is gut wrenching where some folks are in their lives.
Kim Majeski has a ministry based in Indiana named “stripped love”. Same concept & I love it!
She sure does. Kim is a friend of mine and we have had a chance to do some ministry together. Grateful for her.
This is awesome and so very right from the heart of God! My prayers will going be up on behalf of this work!
Thank you so much for your prayers!!!
That is so awesome Kim! I had no idea you were doing that.
Thanks so much! God has been so faithful and I’m very grateful!
Love that you and Stefanie are doing that! I will be praying for both of you and this ministry. If you come this way, I would love to help!
Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers, Michele. Grateful for you!!
How cool Kim will be praying for u and your friend who goes in and talks with them.they will is Jesus though this and we our called to go and reach others for god.praying as u do his work .i can’t wait to see what god does Becky Johnson
Thanks so much for your prayers, Becky!
Not only are you blessed but you are doing a wonderful work and reaching hearts that are so in need of being ministered to. God bless you all in what you are doing and my prayers are with you.
Thank you so much for the encouragement, Mark! God is opening incredible doors for ministry. It’s truly humbling and amazing at the same time. Thank you for your prayers!
God led me to your website after an article that I read and I have been compelled to stop what I’m doing and pray for you… For your protection, for boldness, for receptive hearts, and for life change. Thank you for being obedient to the Lord to step out in faith and to bring Jesus to the “least of these”. Oh that there would be redemption– that these women would know their worth in Christ! My heart aches for them, and so I life you up in prayer as you follow Him where He leads you. You are not alone!
Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers! We would be grateful if you would continue to lift us up in future weeks as we continue to fulfill this call on our lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this. God is so faithful and He is walking with us every step of the way and doing amazing things! Blessings on you and your family!!!
I have such a heart for these women- in the clubs- so much like me. I have a huge burning gut wrenching desire to drive to them and to the little coffee shacks that advertise wet t-shirt days- and tell these women that they DO matter, that they are worthy!!! I have no idea how to start. Can you all guide me out here in Washington. Do you do any teachings on how to get started in this?
Wow! What a great heart you have, Jessica! I think it’s wonderful that you want to be involved in a ministry like this where you live. If I were you, I would definitely start by praying over this idea. If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that God has to call you to this kind of ministry. Start praying and asking Him to show you if this is where He wants you to serve. There are also some other things to consider. I will email you about those things. You’ll actually either hear from me or Stefanie. I would also love to hear more about your personal story. What has God been doing in your life? Why don’t you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org That might be an easier place for us to communicate. Thanks!
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