As we passed by, you could smell the ferment on the breath of the neighbors from drinking. It was only mid-day. We reached her door, shook hands and walked in.
With only a thin curtain between us, they laughed and bantered outside while the three of us sat on her bed in a small one-room rental unit. I wondered, God, how can she exit sex work with the many temptations right outside her door? Surrounded by people who are lost, hurting and drowning grief down a bottle that only brings on more poverty and pain, I realize her reality as I stare at the empty jerry cans and all her belongings before us on the concrete floor.
But despite the odds, she stopped drinking. She determined, I will not drink alcohol any more. This was her statement after only three months at DuHope where she began to learn the skill of making jewelry with leather and beads. As the social worker asked questions, she again reminded us that she is now sober.
Then I realized – her influences are changing. Traveling more than two hours each day by foot to come to the DuHope house, she walks to something better. She has people around her feeding her soul, her mind with good thoughts and her heart with love that is deeper and wider than what she can imagine.
But why is it so hard for her to accept God’s great love? Maybe it’s because she has been fed so much hate and so many lies. But in her response to the delay, she simply questions, will He really provide for my needs?
Faith – I don’t think I’ve ever been tested to trust God for my daily need of bread. But this is her daily struggle. I, too, need to check my own faith. Do I believe she can exit sex work? Do I really believe? Yes, I do! And from what the Holy Spirit showed me in that tiny room that she calls home, I recognized, God is chasing after her on a great rescue mission to give her an abundant life in Christ. He is more than able!
Please join us to pray for our women at DuHope. Believe in faith that our God is more than able to rescue them!
Heavenly Father, with people salvation is impossible, but with You all things are possible! We pray You rescue these women from the domain of darkness, and transfer them to the kingdom of Your beloved Son, in whom is redemption, the forgiveness of sins. We pray that they might have life, and have it abundantly!
( from Matthew 19:25-26, Colossians 1:13-14 and John 10:10)