May City Updates

DALLAS UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 200 Lovely Tea Towels gifted with 200 Bibles 
  • 4 clubs visited

Story:

While May outreach was few in volunteers, we know that God can do mighty things with small numbers. The Lovely tea towels and Bibles were a hit with the ladies.

Our night was filled with smiles, tears, and laughter at the clubs as the ladies shared.

One of the women mentioned she was graduating with teaching degree! For her, this meant no more dancing at the club - we celebrated!

Another young girl had just returned after she had an incident involving abuse - we listened and loved.

One of the other women shared photos of her kids with us as she discussed their plans for Mother’s Day - we smiled and were filled with joy.

The House Mom shared sonogram pictures of her sweet babies to come - we celebrated excited for her baby shower quickly approaching.

From others we received phone numbers so that we could connect outside the club throughout the month. It was a sweet evening.

Once more, we were only able to leave gifts at the fourth club. Please continue to pray that management would eventually allow us to stay and visit with our friends.

In each club we saw smiles, happiness, and brokenness - but it was surrounded by the Light and Love of Jesus. He knows us, He knows them, and we celebrate in this blessed community.

City Needs:

  • Financial support for the Dallas budget for 2017
  • Church partnerships
  • Spanish speaking volunteers
  • Prayer Team volunteers 
  • Prayers for Dallas' team to stay strong

If you'd like to volunteer with Dallas, go to http://jesussaidlove.com/volunteer

     

    HOUSTON UPDATE 

    Snapshot:

    • 160 Hand Made Vanilla Sugar Scrubs with Lovely Tea Towels
    • 3 clubs served
    • 14 Prayer and Club Team volunteers

    Story:

    A special thanks goes out to the women of Grand Parkway Baptist Church for making the sugar scrubs for our ladies. 

    Friday night as I sent out my normal text messages to the management (making them aware we're on our way) I received a wonderful text back from one of them saying, "Okay thanks for your help and support". It reminded me that JSL not only reaches the women, but also the men involved in this industry with the love and support we bring the women. I’m reminded of the scripture in the Bible where Jesus said, "if you've done it for the least of these, you've done it for me." These women and men according to society are “the least”, but God says when we serve them were actually serving Him and it shows with all the smiles and gratitude expressed by both the women and the men when we show up at the clubs. 

    One of the young girls I connected with is desperately looking for other work and is struggling as a single mom. I know that struggle all too well and I encouraged her to reach out to us so we can help her with resources and she did! I’m looking forward to seeing how we can work together! 

    Another one of our Club Team members spoke to a woman that recently gave her life to Jesus and was very excited about her future! We also reconnected with some women we had not seen in awhile and saw lots of are familiar faces of the women we know! Additionally, the house mom at one of our clubs is celebrating her baby’s her first birthday in June and her family is actually moving near me, so we'll be neighbors! I am thankful that with each month, we continue to connect and grow toward one another.

    City Needs:

    • Monthly Outreach Sponsors

    • Pray for healing for two outreach team members. One who had back surgery and one has chronic back pain. 

    • Pray for the women that are taking the steps to exit the sex industry

    • Prayer for the hearts of those that are touched to give to JSL and what God is doing for His daughters all over Texas

    • Prayer for the future of JSL in Houston to fill in the gaps that will help the women transition out of the sex industry

     

    WACO UPDATE 

    Snapshot:

    • 24 Lovely Tea Towels gifted

    Story:

    Mother’s Day outreach is always a special one. This year we entered the Waco club as a small team of two. While we didn’t know what to expect, it turned out to be the perfect size for Club Team that evening. We were able to reconnect with several familiar faces as well as some new ones. 

    We are reminded of the reality of how many moms work at the club when we met a new girl that night. She said she had worked in the clubs before, but not for a while. “Now I’m back because I have kids,” she said. The majority do. We continued to talk with more of the other women, checking on how they were and how their kids were - some of their children are close and others are states away. 

    Some of our other friends gave up updates on their health - one mentioned her back as she has five bulging discs, leaving her in quite a bit of pain - prayers are appreciated for her. With another friend we celebrated as she’s been clean for a year now! “It’s all because of God helping me that I’ve stayed clean.”

    We cry together, we celebrate together, we are so thankful for the opportunity to do life together.
     

    City Needs:

    • We are looking for committed volunteers to join our prayer team. If interested, please email waco@jesussaidlove.com.
    • Pray for women wanting to get out of the industry, that they will be able to confide in JSL for options.
    • Pray peace for our girls who are pregnant. Pray they will continue to confide in JSL volunteers for assistance. Pray for the little babies growing inside their mothers and for their hearts to know they SO loved by Jesus. 
    • 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 team leaders and for volunteers
    • Pray for church and community partnerships to continue to deepen and expand
    • Pray for many opportunities for the women we are working with