To share the love and hope of Jesus with women who are at risk or currently caught up in sexual exploitation in the sex industry and to empower them to thrive.
God has called us to the next phase in our ministry. We still believe the truth of the gospel message brings these women hope for a new future both now and for all eternity. However, we have discovered in working with these women they need more help to discover how to live the abundant life that Jesus has for them. “…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b NASB
One of the issues we face in ministering to these women is the development of complex trauma. Complex trauma affects them in so many ways. It affects them physically and mentally. We need to address their trauma through providing different therapies and services, a long with providing spiritual growth opportunities. We also want to help them develop a healthy support system of Christian women who will love them unconditionally. We believe that God will use these additional ways to minister to these women to empower them to live a healthy, full life. It is what He desires for them.
Currently, we do not have a facility where we can create a safe place for women to come to receive all these therapies and services. We will be starting a capital campaign this fall trusting God to bring in the funds we need. God has always led the way for this ministry. We know that he will continue to guide and direct us. Only he can make this vision come to fruition. May he receive all the glory when it comes to pass.
God laid this ministry on my heart in January of 2006. He changed my heart from one of disdain and judgement of dancers to one of compassion. God used a TV interview of a former dancer from one of clubs in Las Vegas, Nevada. This woman shared how her past sexual abuse let to believe that she wasn’t good for anything else. She began dancing in the Adult Entertainment Industry as a way to survive. After several years of dancing, she heard about Jesus. She placed her faith in him and he completely changed her life. He gave her a sense of worth and purpose. She felt that God wanted her to go back into the clubs of Las Vegas and share her story of faith in Jesus with other dancers.
As I listened to her story, I began to weep uncontrollably. God revealed the ignorance of my judgmental heart and gave me his heart of compassion and love for these women. I felt such a burden for dancers, so I committed to thirty days of prayer and seeking the Lord for direction. I prayed about how to connect with them. Thirty days became sixty and sixty turned into ninety. However, due to my fear and lack of clear direction, I didn’t take action for another year.
In the spring of 2007, after God relentlessly brought these women to mind, I approached a women in my church who had been in the industry years earlier. I shared my heart with her asking for advice. She also believed that God wanted to use her past to help others. We didn’t know where to begin, so we recruited others to pray. By July, a group of women were praying weekly for guidance on how to build relationships with dancers. We explored ways to connect without going into a club, but every door closed.
We researched other ministries like ours and got the idea to take gifts into the clubs. So, in December of 2007, we made Christmas gifts to drop off at most of the clubs in town. Before going through with the plan, one gal phoned a dancer who had recently left a club to run our plan by her. The former dancer explained, “The girls will never receive the gifts. You will have to go into the clubs, sit down, order food, and talk to the girls”. I began to laugh: we had tried so hard not to go into a club, but God had other plans.
In the next few days, we gave out 125 gifts by going into seven clubs and sitting down ordering food or beverages and handing out the gifts to each girl. These gifts made the girls feel valued and opened the doors to engage them in conversation. The response was overwhelmingly positive. However, the spiritual battle was fierce and we lost some of our women after our gift drop. We only had enough to go into 2 clubs at first.
Since then, we have expanded to most of the clubs. God has blessed us with some wonderful friendships with dancers, waitresses, DJ’s, Bartenders and Managers. We have watched women and men come to Christ and be transformed. It has been amazing to watch God work and we feel so blessed to be a part of this ministry.
MEANING OF OUR NAME
We took our name from the verse John 4:10 when Jesus had his encounter with the woman at the well. “If you only knew the gift God has for you, and who you are speaking to, you would ask me and I would give you living water. ” NLT Jesus is the model for our ministry. He went out of his way to meet with the Samaritan women at the well. Jesus did something radical by talking to a Samaritan women. He crossed established cultural and religious barriers to reach out to a women with an impure background. He ministered to a women who had been outcast and marginalized by her village because of her lifestyle. As Jesus engaged her in conversation, the woman was led to understanding the truth. She placed her faith in Christ and ran to tell her whole village. Jesus saw this woman as worthy of his time, his love and his truth. We want to follow his example. We believe these women are of great value!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We have a wonderful group of dedicated individuals that sit on our Board of Directors. They are committed to growing our organization in order to more effectively empower those trapped and exploited by the sex industry to live a life of freedom in Christ. As the Executive Director of Four:10 Ministries those on the Board are invaluable to me. They provide so much to our organization.