November Waco Update
For this month, we went out to visit the clubs on Halloween night! The theme was: “His perfect love casts out all fear!” and our gift was candles to symbolize God’s light in the darkness. University Baptist Church sponsored the entire outreach! They were able to provide 150 McDouble Cheeseburgers (special request from the women) and candles that were taken to the clubs that night. UBC also held two prayer meetings during the day on Halloween to cover the outreach in prayer, and we are so grateful for their partnership!
We started the night off with a short but sweet prayer time. We all came with various hesitations and “what if’s”...as well as a sense of anticipation to see what the night would hold and what God had in store.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
The Lord brought out many aspects of this scripture to us that night as the team prepared to go out to the clubs. So many of the women that we meet feel that they deserve to be where they are, that they deserve to be punished because of past choices or things that happened to them. They feel that it is their fault that they have been abused, mistreated, oppressed. Some live in constant fear: fear of what the night will hold, fear of not making enough money that night to pay the rent, fear of a boyfriend or spouse, fear of losing their children, fear for their life. The team left for the clubs that night feeling God’s calling to show them His amazing LOVE. His PERFECT LOVE that does not punish them, that does not oppress them anymore. We prayed for God to remove the fear from our own hearts about going out that night. We asked that the Lord speak through the team members to show the women how much they are loved by the Heavenly Father.
With it being Halloween night and the start of Baylor Homecoming, our team didn’t quite know what to expect at each club that night. Some were slow and uneventful, while others were energetic and excited, playing off of the night’s events with costumes and parties. Everyone was very thankful for JSL spending Halloween delivering the gifts. The team was able to talk with some old friends, rekindle connections, and even had the opportunity to catch up with one dancer that we had lost contact with for several months. The clubs have undergone some remodels due to the city ordinance changes, so many of them wanted to talk about the effects they are feeling due to those changes. The burgers and candles were a big hit again in the clubs!
We also hosted a Day Away Retreat for the women this month! We had an amazing turn out! We started the day out at a beautiful residence in Cameron Park with a delicious lunch prepared by our amazing volunteers. We then moved into a eye opening group process led by Salley Schmid. We were able to spend some quiet time with God to reflect on the group and then got outside and moving with some exercise led by Nicki Wilson. The children had a blast with Jillian Marshall who graciously painted pumpkins and entertained the kids so that their mommies could have a break. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and the Lord spoke to every single one of us. He worked miracles to get some of the women there and provided everything we needed to have some quality girl time.
On Sunday December 7th, we are inviting all the women with children to the Toy Store at Highland Baptist Church. They are setting aside a special portion of time exclusively for our women to shop. We are taking this opportunity to really bless them and give them the opportunity to celebrate with a Christmas party! We will need a lot of volunteers to make this a success from babysitters to gift wrappers, servers, shoppers, etc. We will be needing donations of gift wrapping supplies (paper, tape, scissors, bows, tags), donations for food (cookies, cupcakes, snacks, punch) and paper goods (cups, plates, napkins). We would love for our volunteers to come and celebrate with us!
We still need a few more men to volunteer to be part of the security team, and we are also still really trying to focus on the building the prayer team. We can not do what we do without prayer and lots of it. We would love to grow our prayer team have a group of committed prayer warriors to join together to cover the outreach each month. Outreach occurs once a month and childcare can be provided if needed. Our prayer team plays a crucial and necessary role in every outreach!
The fall is in full swing, a lot of growth and changes are underway! Our schedule for the rest of the year is packed with great opportunities to love on our women and to spread the word about what JSL in churches and other community groups. My prayer is that our Waco team continues to grow, especially our prayer team, and that God continues to open doors with community partners in order to better serve our women.
Universtiy Baptist Church for sponsoring the entire October outreach and for hosting two prayer times the day of our outreach.
Phi Lamb at Baylor University for assembling the gifts for the October outreach.
Jillian Marshall for volunteering for childcare for the retreat.
Nicki Wilson for volunteering her time to lead a time of exercise and nutrition advice at the retreat.
Salley Schmid for volunteering to lead a group processing time at the retreat.
Todd and Lexia Meek for opening their amazing home for us at the retreat.
Alexandria Coe, Callie Schrank, Carol Paret, Frances Abrahams, Jillian Marshall, Kyndall Boykin, Mary Margaret Croft, Susan Ross and Zach Gee for preparing food for the retreat.
Kristi | Waco City Team Leader
Contact Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org