January City Updates

DALLAS UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 200 gifts wrapped with love
  • 23 volunteers

Story:

Fresh.

The first outreach of 2017 was filled with 23 volunteers ready to Go, Love, Connect, and Pray! Our Prayer Team Leader was back in action (after back surgery) and gave us the word “fresh” for 2017! We are praying for a fresh spirit this year; a fresh commitment to loving and serving these amazing ladies.  

Although our volunteer numbers were low, our spirit and love were fierce.

We set out to four of our clubs (we are still on a break from the two others) and we were greeted in the first three with smiles, laughter, and hugs. While it seemed slower than usual, the conversation was as lively as always.

Back in December, one of our club’s managerial staff asked that we leave our gifts at the door, however we were able to connect with the owner at his other club (which is also one of our clubs) and he told our club team leader we were always welcome.

As we re-entered this particular club, we explained that the owner had given us access the month before, and we were led back to the dressing room. However, shortly after entering the dressing room word was sent that the manager was overriding the owner and we were asked to leave. As we are attempting to contact the owner, please be in prayer for the owner to be reached and that the issue with the manager can be resolved.

Although this team was discouraged, the team quickly headed toward one of the other clubs to join the club team at that club.

God’s presence ended this night!

One of our teams decided to pray together in the dressing room of their club and as they stood in a circle together, it began to grow.  Both the women and our Club Team held hands and called upon the Lord. 

City Needs:

  • Financial support for the Dallas budget for 2017
  • Church partnerships
  • Prayer for Club Team members' commitment to stay strong
  • Prayer for our Prayer and Security Teams
  • Prayers for continued support as women continue to transition out of the industry

 

KILLEEN UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 25 CDs handed out

Story:

It was my first time back on an outreach since December 2015. If I thought things would be different, this club has proved me wrong once again. As I walked by a girl engaged with two customers, I heard her heels clack together somewhere close to my head, and I maintained eye contact with the dressing room door. "My head and heart aren't ready," I thought. "I forgot how to do this." 

I walked into the dressing room and immediately recognized her. There were mostly faces I didn't recognize, but I saw her so quick. Her dreadlocks were longer, and mine were too, so we talked about that for a while. I asked about her family, recalled so many details of her life - the Holy Spirit at work. I asked if she might like to trade a bead from my hair for a bead from her hair, and she gave me one of her coils of copper to wrap around one of my locs. I gave her a green ring from my hair that really was too big for her tiny dreads. I told her I would be praying for her sister, and I went to meet all the new girls.

So many new girls from a year ago. Killeen has a lot of turnover, and it's hard to feel like we really get to know the girls before there are new girls dropping in. But, I didn't forget how to do this. I had easy conversations with these women, as they prepared to do the job they had come to do.

As our other club team member and I walked out, our hearts were burdened as they often are on outreach nights. As we drove home we discussed all the new girls, our talks with them about how old they were, where they're from, how long they'll stay. We're learning that the Killeen sex industry is so transient, and very mysterious. Each time we go to the club, we are reminded that this commitment to this work isn't something that we do short term. We are in this for the long haul. The hard work of awakening hope in places where there is none isn't done in one night, or even 20 nights, or 50 nights. It takes as many nights as it takes. The Holy Spirit is sometimes a consuming fire, and sometimes a slow burn. But, as long as we carry His fire with us, we won't be snuffed out. (Isaiah 42:3)

City Needs:

  • New City Team Leader for Temple/Killeen
  • Outreach sponsorship partners for 2017
  • Babysitting Team Leader and Hospitality Team Leader
  • Additional community partnerships and volunteers-- if you're interested in volunteering, go tojesussaidlove.com/volunteer and fill out a volunteer form!

 

SAN ANTONIO UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 60 lipsticks were given out to new and known women

Story:

January is a good time! New, new, new is the theme that comes around in January. Funny enough, we actually saw some dear friends we have known since the beginning and hadn’t seen in a long time.

One of the managers (that has always been a huge supporter of ours) was working on this night. I asked him how he was and he said “Well, I have fought and beat 2 types of cancer and I’m here. So, I am doing good.” He also said January had started out a bit rough with the loss of a 24 year old manager at this club. He was hit and killed by a driver going the wrong way on his way home from work. He said everyone was taking it hard. “This guy was full of life and the kindest person you would meet. He taught me to live life to the fullest and travel and be kind to people”, the manager told me. I stood and prayed with him and told him if he or anyone else needed anything to please call.

Thank you Jesus, he has beat cancer twice. Jesus, be with the brokenhearted.

Later, I saw one of the house moms I haven’t spoken to in a couple of years. She was filling in for someone else and when she saw me said “My sister and I were just talking about you!” I met her, her sister, and her niece on our first back to school outreach in 2013. They had all started coming to church and over the year I was gone had changed numbers and lost contact. New numbers given, we are reconnected, and they will be coming back to church!

City Needs:

  • Team members for all teams! If you are interested email michelle@jesussaidlove.com
  • We are in need of monthly sponsorships
  • Prayer team is specifically in great need!
  • Prayers for continual God encounters for the women
  • Prayers for relationships to continue to flourish at the clubs
  • Prayers for our current team members and their families

 

HOUSTON UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 160 lotions handed out
  • 3 Houston clubs
  • We have been blessed with a new venue to meet for our monthly outreach nights called The Source for Women which is less than 3-4 blocks from the clubs we serve in. This venue is also one of our Alliance Partners in the Houston community.

Story:

Ironically, the new club that was added to our outreach is the same one I started working at eighteen years ago. Instead of your typical “house mom” in the dressing room they have a “house dad”. He went out of his way to pull me aside to thank me for all the love and support we bring the women. Later, directed me to the wall where our Jesus Said Love contact card is posted saying he encourages the women to reach out to us.

After leaving we received a call from him letting us know that we had left one of our bags behind and that he would keep it in his locker until we came to get it.

The evening got better when we arrived at our last club and the girl at the front door had our candle with the LOVE decal front and center at the desk. She also wanted to know how many volunteers served on our outreach team because she wanted to bless us with gift cards to Starbucks the next time we came. It was amazing to witness how His love truly shines in the darkness!

City Needs:

  • Prayer for February 3 outreach as it will be during the Super Bowl weekend.

  • Prayer for a young woman we serve has kidney problems.

  • Pray for a waitress’ husband has cancer.

  • Prayer for connections to be made and conversations to grow.

  • JSL sponsorship partners who will make it possible to walk along side us to serve the women of Houston.

  • Prayer for an awakening of the hearts of the men attending and working in these clubs to see these women as God’s daughters.

  • Prayer for all the new leaders and dedicated volunteers on the Houston JSL team.

 

WACO UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 42 iced cookies from Vanilla Bean Bakery and JSL LOVE bags were gifted to women in the clubs.
  • 2 Waco clubs visited

Story:

The girls really enjoyed the cookies and LOVE bags. At the first club, a girl informed us she was able to find additional employment outside the club, which resulted in her finding her own housing and ability to get a cell phone. At the second club, another woman expressed her desire to leave the club and to find other employment. Club team members are following up with both contacts.

We are hopeful to connect again with the same girls on our next outreach.

City Needs:

  • We are looking for committed volunteers to join our prayer team. If interested, please email waco@jesussaidlove.com 
  • Church and community partnerships to deepen and expand (email waco@jesussaidlove.com if you'd like to be a partner or go to jesussaidlove.com/partners)
  • Pray for doors to be opened for deepened relationship with the girls

  • Pray for the girls to feel a sense of peace and to develop trusting relationships with Club Team

  • Pray for current team leaders and volunteers

  • Pray for many opportunities for the women we are working with