June City Updates

DALLAS UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 200 pairs of flip flops
  • 4 Dallas clubs

Story:

June was a sweet time for flip flops, vacations, and conversations with friends. Outreach was full of anticipation as our volunteer count was low due to mission trips and summer vacation. The night started with our new Prayer Team Leader, Stephanie, and the prayer team (which is growing!) covering us in prayer prior to us leaving. 


One of our Club Teams headed to two of our clubs and once again was not allowed to enter the dressing room (this has been occurring since the spring). However, we are persistent as we continue to leave our gifts and show love and grace. Upon reaching the second club we were greeted with welcoming smiles and laughter. The team was able to listen, love, and pray with several of our friends. The team also learned that one of the bartenders, which had not been seen in quite a while, had returned. She told our Club Team Leader that she had left to get sober. Per our team she looked great and seemed to be doing well; please be in prayer that she continues to do well and does not relapse due to the environment. 


Our other Club Team headed to the other two clubs. Upon arriving at the first club, we quickly learned the House Mom’s mother had recently been placed in hospice, please keep them both in your prayers during this season of life. As the evening went on we met new girls and visited with old friends. We were sitting and chatting with one of our friends when she started looking for her earbuds so that she could listen to music while getting ready. She was unable to find her earbuds and one of our Club Team members said she would be happy to sing some hymns for her. “Yes! Do you know ‘Shelter in the Time of Storm?’” Our sweet Club Team member beautifully begin singing the hymn. I looked in the mirror and our sweet friend was singing right along with her. What a beautiful moment to watch these sweet ladies worship the Lord in the middle of the dressing room; as always, we claim these dressing rooms as Holy ground!

The team headed out to the next club, a club this particular team had never been to before- the team that normally visits this club was on a mission trip to Haiti. It still was a sweet visit with our friends. We did learn that the House Mom at this club had a miscarriage and lost her twins. Please be in prayer for her as she was not ready to talk about it with anyone yet; also pray that she will reach out to our team when she is ready to talk. 

City Needs:

  • Continued financial support for the Dallas budget for 2017
  • Prayer team growth

 

KILLEEN UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 25 pairs of flip flops
  • 2 oscillating fans
  • 1 case of water

Story:

Our June outreach started out as a hot one. As soon as we walked into the club we could tell something was up. The girl at the front desk immediately told us "The AC is out." Walking onto the floor to get back to the dressing room, it felt a little better. We looked around to see that the club had rented some giant AC fans for the floor, in an attempt to keep the customers cool. When we got back to the dressing room, we felt it. Hair dryers, and straighteners, 15 people's worth of body heat, and we were adding 3 more people to that. There were two tiny fans working hard, but it was hot. It was not a pleasant feeling. Some of the girls told us the stage lights were so hot that they were having to come off the stage and get water during their performance time. We had brought some snacks and flip flops for the girls this time, but it didn't feel like it was enough.

We told the girls we'd be right back and went to the dollar store a few miles away. We bought some circulating fans and a case of water and took them back to the dressing room. As soon as we walked in the girls let out a cheer.

"You really do love us!" and "Oh we love you girls!" As we took the fans out of the box, the girls helped us assemble them. We overheard a girl we had just met ask one of the girls who knows us well - "I can't believe they would bring us fans?! Why would they do that?" And she was answered with a "Oh yeah, these are our church ladies!"

This month we took 25 pair of flip flops into the club, two oscillating fans, and a case of water. We met two new girls who have only been there for the month of June.

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 to jesussaidlove.com/volunteer and fill out a volunteer form!

 

HOUSTON UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 160 pairs of Old Navy flip flops
  • 3 Houston clubs
  • 12 Prayer and Club Team members

Story:

This month started with amazing provision by our bag team leader getting ALL of the flip flops donated by friends and fellow church members. Such a blessing!!!!  Before the evening started our Prayer Team leaders prayer echoed in my heart - "God, may where we walk be holy ground. We are carrying You and Your authority in each of us. May we bring your ground-shaking love that leaves an eternal imprint on these women and men's lives!!"

As we walked into the first club the imprint of us being there was revealed to us by one of the receptionist wearing our old "Jesus Loves Strippers" shirt. It was great to see her boldly proclaiming that to all the women and men that would walk past her that evening. The ladies loved all of the beautiful colors of flip flops we brought and some commented that they still have theirs from last year along with their nail polish. It's so great to know that the gifts we bring are like seeds planted in these women's lives. There were great conversations and reconnections with our team and some of the women. One women had a praise report of her kids doing better after we prayed for her in the dressing room last month.

Finally, three of our team members were able to attend a one-year-old birthday celebration of one of the House Mom’s daughter. They had an amazing time connecting, eating great food, and seeing their new beautiful home. Another praise report came from this same woman - her husband starts a new job July 11th after being unemployed for months. She told me that she trusted God to come through for her family and that He would be faithful! He always is.

City Needs:

  • Church Partnerships (current ones as well as those God is raising up)

  • Financial support for monthly outreaches 

  • Pray for continued relationships to be built between us and the women as well as the security team and the men the reach

  • Pray for continued recovery and healing for our outreach team members

  • Pray for women and men to have a life changing encounter with the one true God

  • Pray for the time between now and August's outreach that the Holy Spirit bring JSL to the women's hearts and they reach out to us

  • Pray for Houston to rise up and come along side these women with prayers. finances and resources

 

WACO UPDATE 

Snapshot:

  • 24 pairs of summer flip flops

Story:

June was a sweet summer outreach - the girls were very appreciative of the flip flops. Upon arriving, we were greeted with many hugs and familiar faces. There was a girl who we have met on several outreaches and she said to one of the newer girls, “I love the Jesus Said Love ladies. They are one of the only groups I have met who don’t judge us for dancing and will help you out with anything.” We made a follow-up connection with the new girl, as she was wanting information on relationship counseling. She is being connected with counseling services through JSL.

Needs: We are looking for committed volunteers to join our prayer team. If interested, please email waco@jesussaidlove.com.

City Needs:

  • Church and community partnerships to continue and expand

  • Prayer Team members

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