Ah, today is a much better day. Still somewhat swollen, but I'm looking forward to going to ministry tonight.
I belong to a ministry called Magdalene Hope. Every other Friday night the team goes out and ministers to the women who work in the commercial sex trade. There are a few areas where they can usually be found and we travel in teams by car, giving out gift bags, food, and whatever else we may have. Within the gift bags we put a card with phone numbers, including ours, that they can call any day or time for help along with a CD of Christian music, personal care products, cosmetics, hair products, toiletries and whatever else has been donated.
This lets us make contact and gives us a chance to reach out with God's love. It's so important that these women know that God loves and values them. No matter where they are in their life, He still has a plan and a purpose for them. We will soon have a safe house that we will be able to take them to, but for now we have a shelter that keeps a few beds open for them in case we come across someone who wants out now.
Will you keep this ministry in prayer? Before we go out we spend much time preparing the way through prayer and worship, and I know that it makes a difference. We pray for His guidance as we drive the area, and that the Lord will go before us and soften their hearts to receive His Spirit and love. We often pray with these women right on the street. They are starving for love and light.
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me."- Matthew 25:40 (Jesus speaking)
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. - Colossians 4:2-6 (Paul speaking)
These scriptures are appropriate to ministries everywhere. As our Lord's body here on earth, I pray that He will use our hands, feet and speech to reach out to the hurting world all around us, not forgetting those that society often judges as beyond help.
There is nothing our Father can't do! After all, He saved me and turned my life upside down....no, make that right side up.