September has been a month filled with meetings and answered prayers.
We have had the opportunity to meet several new churches in the Dallas metroplex and present JSL to the mission teams. In the meetings with churches, we have been able to discuss ways they are willing to partner with JSL, and we have made numerous connections to other organizations, ministries and churches that will walk alongside us as we launch JSL Dallas.
The Lord has definitely been in the midst of all these meetings, and I am excited to see many more churches come together to serve. It has been a beautiful picture of how the Lord is weaving together people from all over Dallas to do His work.
Through several recent meetings, it has become evident to me that a lack of communication and collaboration has previously hindered ministries to the sex industry. This month, exciting things have begun to happen. The Dallas team will be at 4 conferences and charity events the next two months, all of which are new partnerships and connections. We have met with several ministries that serve in the sex industry, and are now partnering with a group in Dallas that mobilizes the church. I am thrilled to say all these ministries and organizations are coming together to serve as one instead of separate entities. What a blessing it is to see the body of Christ, step up, set aside all their differences, opinions and personal desires to begin a new work to make an impact in the sex industry around this city.
We are still in need many church partnerships. Dallas has a massive amount of clubs, but also a vast number of churches. If we mobilize, it’s fully possible for us to meet and love more dancers through increased financial relationships. Financial partnership could be a monthly commitment from a church, a group who commits to supply the bags for a months outreach, or even a one time donation. As we start to prepare to launch in December, we would love to have several months of outreach covered.. As we build relationships with churches, I feel the Lord will bring volunteers that are called to serve alongside the Dallas Team. Specifically, we are still in need of a Dallas Love Team Leader, and volunteers to serve on each of our Love Teams: Hospitality, Prayer, Bag & Babysitting.
How Can others be praying for your team?
- for financial support (www.stayclassy.org/jodicrawford)
- for volunteers to serve on our volunteer teams
- for a Love Team Leader for Dallas
- for church partnerships
- for discernment in the area of deciding which clubs and what area to begin building relationships with clubs as we relaunch
- club relationships
- wisdom, support and guidance as we prepare to launch in December.
- that the Lord begins to prepare hearts of the dancers and club managers we come in contact with and that relationships flourish.
Dallas officially has 7 wonderfully gifted women serving on the club team. I have already been incredibly blessed by each of their hearts stepping out in obedience to serve in the clubs. The amazing part of the team is how perfectly the Lord placed us together. Our team has a variety of women from all ages, different backgrounds, churches, and numerous jobs; but all have the same desire in their hearts to share the revolutionary love of Christ with women in the sex industry. In such a large city like Dallas, the city can seem “too big” to reach...connecting with women at 60 clubs is certainly a daunting task. The best part has been seeing how the Lord reveals Himself even in the moments where we feel overwhelmed. I am constantly reminded that our team is only able to do what Christ does through us. Our father is so much larger that the city of Dallas and the 60 clubs established here. His heart is to pursue these women and show them His ultimate goodness. The Love of our father outweighs anything that should hold us back from pursuing righteousness and presenting his grace to those in need of healing. As the city team leader I have been honored to meet and connect with so many people driven with Christ’s Love and wanting to serve with JSL. I continue to learn and grow from the people he has placed in my path and regularly say, “It is truly a blessing to serve.”
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. if I give up all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” I Corinthians 13:1-3
Jodi Crawford | Dallas CTL
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