Thursday, March 18, 2010

In the works.

Most of you know about the nine months I spent living in Las Vegas interning for XXXchurch doing ministry to the sex industry. This was a journey that was years in the making. A heart for women and those who are often made to feel worthless, disposable and invaluable finally came to use in a challenging way in this environment.

Upon moving back to Fullerton I knew I didn't want to give up loving and serving in this environment. I am constantly blown away by the ways God has brought together a carefully crafted team to carry out this passion in Southern California. Long story short - Abeni was birthed in November. Abeni means "Girl prayed for" In Swahili. For the past six months we have been planning, praying and doing our best to be extensions of His love and grace in the local sex industry. What does this look like? Relationships. Selfless love. We bring gifts, baked goods, meals and more to the women (and men) in local strip clubs. From here we have met friends who have stories to tell; heard about their hearts, families and struggles.

My favorite and most heartbreaking line we hear is, "We really don't have to pay you / I can't believe you want to do this for us / No one does anything like this for us / I feel so loved." This is why we do this. If we can be a positive moment in their day and lives then we are blessed. We know it is a tough industry and they are loved and deserve love just like we do. We know a God who has a love far beyond what we can comprehend.

We are excited to have officially launched our website. Check it out here.


The encouragement and prayers have been crucial as we build on this journey. We are constantly reminded of how good and in control God is.

We will be receiving spiritual and financial support from a great local church.
This week I received a super generous support check from a great woman from my church. I definitely started crying right there at work.

I am learning what Grace, love and worth look like in my own life through all of this. I'm on a journey and thankful for all that comes with it.

Check out the website and become a fan on facebook to hear the latest!
Thank YOU to everyone who has played such a valuable role in support, prayer and sharing in the process.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

THe site is awesome! :) Love your heart!