Today we hear part of Heather’s experience in the club, next week we will finish it off.
On February 4th, I made my way to Connection Church in Canton, MI. There, I met Laura and Margie, another lady on the outreach team for My Sister Song. I learned a lot about what we do on the outreach and so much more!
My Sister Song is much more than a strip club outreach, they have so many resources for women in the sex industry who are seeking help. Going into the clubs is a vital part of our ministry but the follow-up is just as important. If you’d like to know more about it, please visit the website: MySisterSong.com.
The morning of February 9th, a wonderful lady from elem3nt Church planned a prayer service for me. My friends, my sister, the elders of our church and Pastor Gayle all prayed over me and let me know they were sending me out on this Godly mission but I am not alone, they are behind me all the way!
What an awesome feeling to be supported and loved through this!! I am so unbelievably blessed!!
That night I met up with Laura and Margie and we loaded up Margie’s van with gift bags and ear warmers and scarfs for the girls working at the strip clubs. We prayed and headed out to the clubs.
I was so excited and nervous! I knew this is what I was called to do but I had no idea how I would feel going back into the darkness of the strip clubs.
When we pulled up to the first club of the night, we were greeted by the valet. We gave them some homemade cookies and made sure they knew who we were. We got out of the van and walked into the club.
The smell of cigarette smoke and men and women’s cologne was overwhelming to me. The darkness of the club brought back so many memories, so many emotions.
Honestly, I wanted to cry right then and there but I knew I couldn’t, I had work to do, God’s work!
I followed Laura and Margie through the club. We gave cookies to the bouncers and managers. Any girl who wasn’t actually dancing while we were walking through the club, we gave a gift bag to.
We made it to the dressing room where the house mom was and there were more girls there getting ready to work. We handed the girls gift bags.
They were so appreciative of the gifts. We talked to the house mom, she’s pretty much in charge of the girls while they’re in the dressing room, she knows how many are working and would make sure each girl got a gift if we weren’t able to give it to them ourselves.
Some of the girls thought we were selling the ear warmers, it was so awesome to watch their faces light up when they realized they were gifts for them. Laura made sure the girls knew what we were doing there and she told them even if they just wanted to talk to someone who understands what they’re going through, they could call us.
While all this was going on, I smiled and watched and learned from Laura and Margie.
Seeing those girls, I was seeing my old self. I could tell some were high, some weren’t. I could see the pain in their eyes behind all the make-up. My heart was breaking for them but I knew I was being the hands and feet of Jesus and His presence was among us and among them.
When we walked out of the first club, it took everything I had not to cry, I wasn’t about to mess up this Godly mission.
I breathed in the night air. I was glad to be out of the smoke-filled club but was sad that I had to leave those girls in there. I wished I could take them all away from the club and show them there’s so much more than that but it’s not that easy.
I know all too well, a girl has to want to leave, it has to be on her terms, then she’ll find her way out. That’s where we come in, we’re there when they’re ready.
Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. Luke 1:78-80 NLT
I believe this is what we are called to do once we leave our dark places, our sin. Go back and shine the Light so others will find their way out. How are you shining God’s light today so others can find their way to Him?