May City Updates

WACO UPDATE

Snapshot:

  • For the 1st time, we visited the day shift at a clubs to deliver gifts
  • We met 7 dancers, 1 bartender, 1 door girl and 1 waitress
  • 10 shirts and bags were well received
  • 1 new guy joined our Security Team
  • 24  shirts and bags were delivered on our night shift outreach
  • 35 LOVE bags were filled, stuffed and prayed over by Harris Creek Baptist Church

Story:

After multiple texts, Facebook chats, and phone calls, I was able to meet with an ex-dancer that I have had a relationship with for quite some time. When I met her over a year and a half ago, she was in a very dark place. Childhood trauma, substance abuse issues, and abusive relationships had all taken a toll on her life. Still, she had big dreams and desires for her and her daughter. Like many of the women we work with, she’s a tough-as-nails fighter and survivor. We would meet, dream, and pray together. She would have set backs, ER visits, court dates, and financial issues, but she kept pushing forward. One of her goals had always been a college diploma, but it always seemed just out of reach. She just completed her first semester with a 4.0 GPA!

Needs:

  • Higher interest and attendance from our women in our retreat programs
  • Prayer for attendance and transition with our retreat program
  • Continued prayer for job opportunities for women who are seeking employment outside of the commercial sex industry
  • Babysitters to assist in childcare needs for the Waco team members and the women we work with during outreaches and retreats

Killeen UPDATE

Snapshot:

  • 20 LOVE bags were filled with shampoo, conditioner, first aid supplies, etc.
  • Gave Easter cookies and brownies to all girls and management
  • 2 men served on Security Team and 4 women on Club Team

Story:

This month, the conversations in the club were heavily focused on family. Almost every girl has an experience with Easter is some capacity...some attended church with their grandmother, others went on an Easter egg hunt, and most were familiar with the pastel candy in the grocery store aisles.  We asked the girls what Easter meant to them when they were growing up. Many shared their experiences, but one girl in particular looked up brightly and yelled: “I GET IT. Easter is supposed to be spent with family, and since none of us have families, you guys want to be our family!” We told her that we absolutely do. She smiled and said, “Good. I need family.”

Prayer Needs:

  • Continued relationships with dancers and bouncers
  • Financial support for myself and JSL in Temple/ Killeen
  • An extensive network of professionals to help care for our women

College station UPDATE

Snapshot:

  • 20 LOVE bags were filled with shampoo, conditioner, first aid supplies, etc.
  • 20 LOVE gift bags were distributed, along with 30 treats and 20 bibles
  • 5 were invited to local churches for Easter Sunday service
  • 20 “Jesus Loves Strippers” shirts were given out
  • 1 woman was connected with a local dentist
  • 1 woman was given assistance in a vulnerable situation (with the aid of several partnership organizations)

Story:

Easter Outreach has always been one of my favorites. On Friday, I felt like God was asking the team to pray for the men at the club.  As we did so, we all felt love and compassion noticeably increase. I had a feeling that we would be interacting with some customers that night. Towards the end of the outreach, a group of men at the bar stopped to ask us about the “Jesus Loves Strippers” shirt. We ended up having an extended conversation with these 3 men, along with our security team guys, in the parking lot. They all accepted a t-shirt from us and the security team guys hope to continue a relationship with these men in the following weeks.  

Needs:

  • Pray for a woman waiting to hear about her acceptance into a local college
  • Pray for a woman who is about to have a baby
  • Pray for job opportunities for our women

dallas UPDATE

Snapshot:

  • 150 LOVE Bags to went to dancers in 4 clubs
  • 20 Goodie Bags went to managers, bouncers, valets & DJ’s.
  • Doors are opening for us to visit 2 new clubs
  • 1 dancer began the process of transition out of the club.
  • 1 manager officially left the club and is working in a new job.
  • We were able to experience dancers & staff fight for JSL to continue to come into a club.

Story:

When we went into the clubs for Easter Outreach, I connected quickly with a dancer at the last club.  In the process of the conversation, she asked for my phone number. Soon after, she was called to work and had to leave the dressing room. As our team was walking out of the club, I heard my name being called over the loud music. Our whole team stopped and I walked over to where this dancer was standing, surrounded by customers. She said, "Jodi, I texted you... please, please save my number!" She squeezed my hand, and it took everything in me not to embrace her in that moment.  In that moment of chaos in a strip club setting, all she could see was a group of ladies who cared enough to love her for a moment. We are continually thankful to be used in this way

Prayer Needs:

  • Church Partnerships would continue to grow.
  • Resource List would grow to have assist transitioning dancers
  • Future Club Outreaches would be supported
  • Financial support for Dallas Budget and my personal CTL Salary
  • Discernment in the growth of Dallas as things happen rapidly

san antonio UPDATE

Snapshot:

  • 150 “Jesus Loves Strippers” shirts were passed out
  • We visited 3 clubs with baked treats

Story:

We had several long conversations with women during this very special Easter Outreach.  After asking us about our “Jesus Loves Strippers” shirts, one atheist women began to unfold her story, full of loss, neglect, grief, and pain. With tears in her eyes, she invited us into some of the darkest moments of her life.  It was a profound privilege to be invited into this sacred space with her. Jesus allowed us to share about His heart and the hope that He has for her life.

Needs:

  • Pray for a woman we are trying to help transition out of the industry and into a job she has a passion for
  • Pray for a larger volunteer base
  • Pray for many partnerships to be created in San Antonio