December City Updates
COLLEGE STATION Update
- 24 homemade pies and 20 gift bagswere donated by New Life Baptist Church
- Dancers received body spray, umbrellas, encouragement notes, and a delicious meal
- We met 2 women who were brand new to the industry
In November, we decided to go later in the evening with hopes to interact with more women. It was a success! Not only did we meet two new girls, we also connected with several others who have been traveling to work at our club. This created great opportunity to share more about who we are and why we exist. One dancer even said, “Y’all are the nicest people I have ever met.” We quickly explained that it’s not us, it’s our God. While we often receive some pushback from a male staff or veteran dancers, this month contained only healthy conversation. The open air allowed women to open up about more spiritual and physical needs.
- Volunteers: specifically on Prayer Team, Hospitality Team, and Security Team.
- Pray for job opportunities for our women and men that desire to leave the industry.
- Pray for emotional and spiritual balance in the holida
San Antonio Update
- 51 Thanksgiving pies were delivered to dancers
- 1 new Prayer Team member joined us this month
I was so excited as we prepared for November’s outreach. We were expecting so many homemade pies! However, due to an unfortunate circumstance, we ended up having to purchase grocery-store pies. I was so discouraged, I almost forgot about the reason we are really there: to love these women right where they are. They were so excited to receive the gift...but they were even more excited to talk to us.
As we offered one dancer a pie, she asked the question so many have asked: “Why do you guys do this?” We told her that we just have a desire to love them, to do what the church may have overlooked before. From there, she opened up, while we just listened without judgment. Even in the midst of the chaos, God brought peace and let me know that it’s not about the pies or gifts...it’s about LOVE. The details get us in the door, but love opens the heart of communication.
- Continued opportunities to deepen our relationship with each dancer
- Wisdom and provision for the women transitioning out of the industry
- As our volunteers number grows, pray for church partnerships
- 45 pies were given to dancers and waitresses
- 4 Club Team members visited the dressing room
- 5 boxes of fudge were gifted to bouncers and managers
This month, I felt a restlessness about our time in the club. As we were passing out pies, a massive bouncer walked in the dressing room and told me the manager wanted to see me. “This is it”, I thought to myself. He’s going to tell us we can’t come back anymore. My mind immediately ran to the worst-case scenario. To my surprise, the manager looked up from a stack of papers and joyfully exclaimed, “Oh hey! I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving and we’re so glad you’re here. How are things going? Do you need anything from me?”
I always find myself amazed at the way the Lord removes my doubt. I am so thankful for the ways God has moved in dancers’ lives this year and for the kind of relationships he has built with us and this club. I’m thankful he makes a home in us and provides. He always does.
...also, a huge thank you to the Vista Women’s Ministry and First United Methodist Church Temple for meeting a need: reaching our Dixie Fund goal for this year!
- Our prayer team is growing! If you’re interested in being apart of this incredible part of outreach night, please sign up to receive our volunteer email.
- If you are interested in learning more about ways to be involved with JSL in Temple/ Killeen, please e-mail me at Laurenr@jesussaidlove.com
- 60 homemade pies made by Harris Creek were delivered to 3 clubs
- Met 8 new women
- Passed out 30 Toy Store Applications
- Posted Christmas Party flyers in all 3 clubs
- 1 new Club Team member and Security Team member joined us
First, I want to thank Harris Creek (who baked the 60 delicious homemade pies we delivered)! The women and the staff couldn’t believe all of them were homemade! These homemade pies communicated that each dancer is worth the invested time and love.
In hopes of reaching more dancers, we went into the clubs later in the evening than usual this month. It was a strategic success! We were given the privilege of hearing new stories, and our team was able to surround one woman in the dressing room to pray for breakthrough in her life. It was a beautiful night!
- Volunteers: specifically Prayer Team, Babysitter’s Club, Hospitality Team, and Security Team. Email Kellie@jesussaidlove.com if you are interested!
- Pray for job opportunities for women who are transitioning out of the industry
- Pray that transitioned women would have favor in their workplaces and pray for extra measures of grace and peace as they step into new environments.
- 200 homemade pies were delivered to 4 clubs in Dallas
- 6 new connections made with club management, security, & valets
- 1 club allowed pies to be delivered to dancers after never allowing food before
- 2 new Club Team Leaders experienced the clubs for the first time
This past month, pies built relationships. Who knew a pie could carry mounds of love? Pies opened doors, broke down walls and sprung new conversations.
One club in particular has never allowed our team to bring in food inside. Our Prayer Team interceded that these pies would be received. As we pulled into the parking lot, we offered the valet a pie. Not only was it received, he sent our drivers to the front row spot to park! The car was surrounded by parking and security staff, picking out a pies and engaging in conversation. For the first time in a year, this club welcomed our security team. Not only did the General Manager allow us to bring all the pies in, he stopped to tell us about his family and we were able to send him home with his son’s favorite pie.
The gospel came tonight in the form of pies. I am expectant that the qualities of Jesus will continue to be shared through the conversations that were nurtured around the table on Thanksgiving in Dallas.
- Pray that relationships in Dallas would continue to grow and flourish