I was fortunate to be involved with a team that traveled through Germany and the Czech Republic. The mission was to share Gods love in practical ways to the women and men involved in the sex industry. I am excited to share two stories from that experience.
Strip Clubs in Prague
The team was in one of the many strip clubs in Prague, and we had been praying against trafficking and the abuse that happens in the sex industry all around the world. We would give encouraging notes and gifts to the women, and one woman burst into tears because she felt incredible love. The interesting event this evening though would have to be with a group of young men leaving the club. I had written a note, which read something to the effects of, “Women are princesses, they are children of God and they are to be protected and cherished.” We were leaving just ahead of them, and I felt a nudge to turn around and give one of the guys the note. Was very nervous, but I decided to go with the leading. The young man I handed it to, read the note and began to laugh. He then preceded to hand the note to the next guy and he laughed, and it happened similar as each man in the group of about 10 guys read the note. As they were laughing at the note I thought to myself, thank you Jesus for multiplying the impact. The first man could have read it and threw it away, but instead all 10 guys were reminded that women are valuable and precious. They may have laughed it off but I pray that note stuck with some of them.
Street Prostitution in Europe
We also went to the streets, to find women involved in prostitution and give them gifts and encouraging notes. The city that I am from has many events and organizations that give out “free” things, one such event, if you don’t mind standing in lines, you can eat free pancakes for an entire week. I found a very different story in Europe. I’ll never forget the time my female friend and I went up to one of the ladies. She was faced away from me when I got her attention by speaking. She turned around and the first thing I noticed was the eyes. They were hopeless, sad, abused. I felt that when she saw me her first thought was, “what is this man going to do to me tonight” I held out my hands with the gifts, and in broken German I said this is for you. She looked at me like she had no context, no event she could compare this to, and asked ,”why” she said it over and over again, “why, why, why” and I said it was because she was loved and valuable. I don’t know her story, I don’t know her past or what happened since, but I know that she was undone by the love she received in the simple gift and the words, you are beautiful and valuable.
As a man, I can say that these experiences, along with many others, have continued to shape my view of God, and His view of women. They are so precious to Him, and to be valued here on earth by men in such a way they see God's pure love for them.
We're overcomers, we're wild lovers of life. We hope, we dream, and we fight for the freedom of those involved in the sex industry.