As you are Outreach was birthed from a past filled with hurt, brokenness and shame that God rescued, redeemed and restored. Throughout my funky, messy journey, God has always loved me and patiently pursued me. For years I prayed, asking Him to use my past to glorify Him and help others, and it is both my heart's desire and His, for every woman, no matter who she is, where she is or what she has or hasn't done, to recognize and know her value and worth.
Many years ago, I took my first drive up a street I have since traveled numerous times on my way to and from work, passing by three strip clubs. Almost instantly, I realized God was letting me know He had a plan for me to go into those clubs, a plan I wasn't all too thrilled about at the time. But knowing something about life working in a strip club, I recognized that like me, the women in them deserved to know they are loved, cherished and valued by the same God who saved, loves and cherishes me.
After four years and two trips to Thailand where God allowed me the awesome and transforming experience of ministering to and loving women sold into prostitution on the streets and in the clubs of Bangkok, I sensed it was time to begin reaching out to the women within my own community. For over a year I tried to engage others, pass the vision on or dismiss it, until one day, in one quick moment, God made it clear to me that if I did not make the decision to do this He would find someone else instead. By nature I am a territorial person, and God being God, He used it to compel me into action - to obediently live out the purpose for my life. Not in spite of my past, but because of it, God called me to carry His message of hope, compassion, and love to women working in the sex industry ... as they are, wherever they are.
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As you are Outreach
"God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." 2 Corinthians 1:3-2 (NLT)