August Update: Prayer for Your City

JSL cities do not go on outreach for the month of July. Instead, this mid-year break is a chance for our teams and leaders to take a breath, refresh resources, and prepare vision for the rest of the year. Instead of an outreach update, our City Team Leaders have written specific prayers for College Station, Dallas, Killeen, Waco, Houston, and San Antonio.

Individually, in pairs, in groups, whatever...we encourage you to pray for your city!


PRAYER FOR COLLEGE STATION

From BCS City Team Leader Jean Marie:

Our prayer for the dancers is College Station is to find hope that they are no longer slaves to fear, shame or guilt. But they would find beauty in their brokenness (just like each person on our volunteers team). Each person wouldn’t just feel freedom, but also joy!

Psalm 31:4 “Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone. I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful god.”


PRAYER FOR dallas

From Dallas City Team Leader Jodi Crawford:

Lately, the word STEADFAST has been on repeat in conversation, music, and (most importantly) scripture. This month, the Lord has shown His constant love for me and the women we serve. In struggles, He is unwavering: steady in His grace and true to His Word that He is committed to loving us through and through.

Steadfast: [sted-fast, -fahst, -fuh st] || Adjective: standing firm; dutifully firm & unwavering; committed & constant; steady; true; uncompromising

I have been listening to the Bethel album “We Will Not Be Shaken” for a few months now. My constant prayer as I listen to these words is that our women know that He is good. Many times, we pray for instant healing and deliverance from difficult situations...and yet the Lord reminds us that all of our questions will be answered and His promise of healing WILL come. Join our team in prayer that our women begin to understand His steadfast love in their lives.

“Oh Lord, you are my God, earnestly I seek you, my soul thirst for you’ my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory,
because your steadfast love is beter than life, my lips will praise you.”
— Psalm 63:1-3

PRAYER FOR KILLEEN

From Killeen City Team Leader Lauren Rodriguez:

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, children of Jacob. He is the Lord our God; his judgements are in all the earth.
— Psalm 105:1-7

At Jesus Said Love, July has been our month to pause... to look back and celebrate what God has done. I remember going into the club in Killeen for the very first time last December, and I am amazed at what God has accomplished. In the last seven months, we have been able to develop relationships with dancers and solid relationships with management. God has provided connections with other nonprofits, small businesses, and local leaders who have a fierce resolve for our women to know Christ. That could only be done by way of the Lord.

Killeen is beginning to expand and explore the CONNECT component of our ministry to dancers. This brings on new and exciting challenges as we empower our women to make change in their lives. Some specific ways to pray for Temple/ Killeen over the next few months:

  • Pray for womens’ eyes to be opened, that they would see hope in their future. Pray that they would see they are not stuck, and Jesus has provided a way out.
  • Pray for discernment and wisdom in our teams as we learn about and execute our social work component. We want to empower our women, not enable them. Pray that we would be so in tune with the Spirit that we know how to best serve and love each girl individually.
  • Pray for strength in our teams. When loving people is really difficult, we pray all the more for strengthened knees to stand firm in our calling. Pray that we would be a united front for our women and that they know His love by the way we love each other.

PRAYER FOR Waco

From Director of Outreach Kellie Gibson:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
— Psalm 103: 2-8:

Throughout this past month of personal change and transition, I have been meditating on the steady nature of God. He is so good! I've been reading Psalm 103 over myself in the mornings and in the night, and fresh thankfulness wells up in my heart as I think on every single one of His promises.
I have also been listening to Jonathan David and Melissa Helser on repeat all summer! Below is a link to a worship set they recently led. The particular song they sing called “Lazarus” has encouraged me greatly. I remember the day nine years ago when I heard God say my name. He rolled my stone away and told me to LIVE. This is my prayer for the women in the clubs: May they see Him, hear Him, and rise. May every fear turn to faith.

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.
— John 11:38- 44

PRAYER FOR houston

From Houston City Team Leader Sally Collier:

As I pray and dream about Jesus Said Love in Houston, these are prayers and verses that I keep mulling over...

The commercial sex industry is alive and thriving in Houston.

Pray that we would be light and life in a dark place.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." -- John 1:1-4

Pray for wisdom and crystal-clear vision about which clubs we’re called to reach. Pray that God would soften the hearts of the management, that our motive would be clear (to LOVE and SERVE), and that doors would be opened.

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. -- James 3:17-18

Pray for the women, managers, owners, and staff who we will encounter. God knows their faces, names, and stories.

Psalm 139

Pray that God would raise up leaders, volunteers, and partnerships who are called to be bring the Kingdom to bear on the commercial sex industry - that we would be a people like David, who danced and rejoiced before the Lord  “with all his might”, and when questioned, responded with - “I’ll become even more undignified than this” (2 Samuel 6:22) for the sake of God’s glory.

Pray that people and resources would be made available to meet the needs of dancers. Pray that every penny would be provided to operate the ministry at full capacity.

Pray that the Holy Spirit would move and that all of our lives would be changed.

LOVE wins.


PRAYER FOR san antonio

From BCS City Team Leader Melanie Warren:

“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
— Genesis 16:13 (NIV)

This scripture has been on my heart lately. Please pray with me for the women we will meet to have an encounter with the One who truly sees them right where they are.

“Lord, open their eyes to see You.”