Run 4 Hope

R4H

We are so thrilled to be a sponsor at the “Run 4 Hope” this year. All proceeds go to support a very vital organization in our community, The Rape Crisis Center. Join LAVISH at the “Run 4 Hope” to raise awareness of sexual violence while helping continue the good work of The Rape Crisis Center.

What exactly does The Rape Crisis Center do you may ask? 

They provide hope, help, and healing on a daily basis to those individuals and families affected by sexual violence. In Bexar County, they receive an average of 3 phone calls a day from local hospitals requesting advocates to support survivors during their assault exam. In addition, they provide counseling, a 24 hour hotline, education & training, and case management. Fundraisers, community donations, and grants allow them to continue to serve those in our community affected by this horrible crime. It is with your generosity that we can help support The Rape Crisis Center, providing hope to those who feel hopeless.

If you would like to Run or Walk with Lavish, please register with our group at:
https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/RaceGroup-16403?raceId=5463&embedId2=EeXi999F

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

Packet pick up:
Feb. 21, 2014, from 10:30a-6:30p at Soler’s Sports 2589 Jackson Keller Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230.

Schedule & Location:
Race Day at Pavilion 2 at McAllister Park starting at 7:00 a.m. (13102 Jones-Maltsberger, San Antonio, Texas 78247)
7:00am – Registration
7:45am – FREE Kid Sprint <— (Bring the whole family!)
8:00am – 5K Run/Walk

Entry Fees to 5K: “Early Bird” Before February 12:
Kids $15
Lavish Team Rate $20
Virtual Runner $25

After February 12th: $30
Race Day: $40

Free Run 4 Hope t-shirt and goodie bag included for everyone who registers before February 12. All proceeds to benefit The Rape Crisis Center.

Join us afterwards with free fun kids’ stations where you can test your superheros skills, get face painted, and participate in great photo opportunities!

If you are unable to join us but would like to make a donation, please follow this link:
http://www.athleteguild.com/runsignup?page=anycontent&contentUrl=Race%2FDonate%2F%3FraceId%3D5463%26runnerFundraiser%3DdNfC78wiqt8naqNW

For the main event website, go to:
http://rapecrisis.com/events.php

Lavish Open House

Lavish Open HouseWe would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, February 20th at 7:00pm to our Open House.  This will be an information meeting where we will share our vision, more about what we do, and how you can get involved.

If you have a passion to reach out to women working in the sex industry, this meeting is for you!  There are several ways to get involved with Lavish and something that everyone can do, whether male or female, old or young.

Please come out, to hear what we have been doing and what we plan to do in 2014.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Childcare will not be provided. We ask that all guests are above the age of 16. 

Address:
2718 Oak Leigh
San Antonio, TX 78232

We can’t wait to see you!

Radio Interview with Kayla, Founder of Lavish

Below is the link to the podcast of the radio show “Always Faithful” on KSLR AM 630.  Kayla, the founder of Lavish, shares her story and how Lavish came about during the second half of the show. Listen in and be encouraged!

Always Faithful Radio Show

Why porn is more popular than church: Part 1

Porn > church

I know what you’re thinking, how dare I suggest such a thing. I assure you, what is written below will ruffle your feathers. At least I hope so.

Let’s set the scene. It’s Sunday morning which could mean one of two things: 1) either you’re snuggled up to the cold side of your pillow while basking in your weekly ritual of sleeping in, or 2) it’s a mad dash to get ready, eat a slice of toast, get in the car and speed away to church before anyone notices your tardiness.

Why is porn more popular than church? Well, there are a lot of reasons, less to do with porn and more to do with church, in my opinion. Let’s face it. At some point we have all been less than satisfied with church, maybe even disappointed. Church hasn’t always measured up and been all we hoped it would be. It has been a ritual for centuries, but not exactly a passion for everyone. I’m not saying that church can’t be exciting or relevant. It just doesn’t always live up to the expectation and the hype that surrounds it. For the record, I grew up in church, going week after week my whole life. It has definitely played a huge role in who I am today. However, I do not see many of the people I grew up with really caring for church much these days.

Why is that?

You know that time your mom made a little too much spaghetti, and it seemed like the leftovers would never end? It’s like the quail and manna God brought down from heaven; and just like the Israelites, it doesn’t feel much like a miracle after a few days. You can’t stand the smell of that same old spaghetti. You’ve lost the desire to eat it. You’re just over it. People are just over church. And honestly, I’m over church too. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a church hater, and what God did for the Israelites in the desert was indeed a miracle. Every single time He rained poultry and bread it was definitely an experience to be had. I’m just not sure that the leftovers we are dishing out of the church is what God had in mind when He wanted to feed His people. He has never been bound by rituals, or programs, or by the four walls of a church. We preach this all the time, but…do we really mean it? I’m not saying the answer is some new revelation that no one has ever heard of (even God Himself), I’m simply saying that God is bigger. He’s bigger than our church building and all of our organized activities. He’s bigger than our awesome youth band or twelve-step program. He’s bigger than our thinking, and the little box we tend to put Him in to suit us as our own little pseudo-Jesus idol.

“So what does an outside of the box Jesus look like?” you may ask. From what we read in Scripture, we know He spent time alone with His Creator, and He spent time with people, showing them who God was through His own life. He invited people to go on a journey with Him, to get to know Him, and experience His Father on an intimate level. Jesus answered the need for passion, not theological debate. He came and stirred up things a bit, because He didn’t come pre-packaged the way the church had hoped. Those who were looking for Him found Him, those who weren’t, did not. People want authenticity, something genuine. Better yet, someone genuine. Jesus didn’t have to advertise His authenticity with a postcard slogan that reads, ‘real church for real people.’ What exactly does that mean anyways? He was authentic because, He was authentic…if that makes sense. Part of the issue we have with church is how we treat it. Church has become an imitation, a substitute for God. We aren’t seeking out the real person Himself, therefore, we are unsatisfied. We bring people to church, but Jesus brought church to people. We need more Jesus. Stop trying to be a hipster Christian. Let’s just be our frumpy, less than perfect selves, and let God be Himself instead of someone’s ‘homeboy’.

So…having made our way here in a rather circuitous manner, what does all of this church talk have to do with porn? Good question…and, please excuse me for this less than subtle transition from church to porn.

Did you know that one out of every four searches on the internet is for porn? One out of every four searches…think about that for a minute. That’s a pretty big number. And, the most popular day of the week for viewing porn is…drum roll please…Sunday! Coincidence? I think not. Although, I don’t think that’s what God had in mind when He created the seventh day of rest! But the stats have spoken, porn has won, and church has struck out. What makes porn so attractive? What is so amazing about porn that justifies it’s 68 million internet searches per day, even more so on our glorious Sunday?

Porn has no expectations of me, and it makes no demands. It’s visually engaging, endorphin releasing, gets me higher than high, and is a full on orgasmic experience. Porn produces all the feel goods a person could ask for. It’s quick, easy, and you don’t have to pay a dime for it. If we are honest, what’s not to love about that? Porn is available anytime, anywhere. It’s just a click away. It requires very little effort to get it. Its supply is virtually endless, literally. If I have a particular craving, the internet will seek it out for me, whether it be a busty brunette or a bombshell blondie, I will get what I want when I want it. And best of all, no one has to know. What some don’t realize are the adverse affects that porn has on your body, your soul, and your spirit. A recent Relevant Magazine article entitled, ‘This is your brain on porn‘ reveals that “Every time a person views porn, or eventually even thinks about porn, the burst of dopamine strengthens the connections between cells (in your brain). The stronger the connection, the easier it becomes for cells to communicate on that path…Porn becomes the path of least resistance in the brain. And the easier the path, the more likely we are to take it, even when we don’t want to.” Porn addiction is inevitable for viewers. Viewing porn releases more endorphins than a hit of crack cocaine. It is even being recognized as a leading cause of erectile dysfunction in not your dad or grandpa (apologies for the visual) but actually young men, in their 20′s and 30′s. Men aren’t the only ones partaking of pornography, either. Now there is visual and readable porn ready for any desperate housewife. Porn has a captive audience because it presents itself as a pleasurable experience without all the red tape. It seems less messy than real life, and especially less messy than church. Porn presents an alternative reality to the one we face. This “californication” takes us on a thrilling journey that seems to find gold at the end of the rainbow.

Be careful my friends. All is not what it’s cracked up to be. What started off as a leisurely escape, turns into an all consuming need that leaves you anxious about when you will get your next hit. That voice in your head won’t turn off anymore. Instead of you controlling it, it begins to control you. Just like church was not all it promised, neither will porn be in the end. Best frankly stated by Craig Gross, the founder of XXXchurch, Porn kills.” It kills brain cells, it kills innocence, it kills hopes, dreams, and marriages. It kills intimacy and healthy relationships with people and with God. Porn is killing the church. It’s killing you and me. The problem here is not that porn is available in copious amounts. It’s that the church (we) remain occupied.

So…what are we so occupied with?

For the answer, go to “Why porn is more popular than church: Part 2

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Sources:
http://www.xxxchurch.com/extras/stats.html
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/can-porn-cause-erectile-dysfunction-pt-1
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/features/29332-this-is-your-brain-on-porn
http://www.xxxchurch.com/extras/pornkills.html

Project: Easter

Lavish would like to invite you to partner with us in the upcoming Project Easter! Just before Easter the Lavish team will take 100 gift bags to the girls working in our adopted strip clubs.

All gifts and donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 700554, San Antonio, TX 78270 or contact us for a drop off location if you are in the San Antonio area. Item donations will be accepted through March 26th.

You can also join us on Thursday, March 28th to pray, write love notes to the girls and package our gifts. We will be providing FREE pizza for all of our volunteers! Feel free to come by anytime between 6-8pm. Please contact us at (210) 560-3490 or via our contact page for location details.

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Project: Valentines Update

 

Here is a post-trip update from Project: Valentine’s Day! We are so excited to say we have begun to expand our reach to more strip clubs in the San Antonio area. Check out the video below to hear about our night out.

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Project: Valentine’s 2013 Assembly Day!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to help with our Valentine’s Day gift assembly! Your efforts were amazing and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for everything all of you do.

Please be praying for us as we deliver these gifts, and stay tuned for a post-delivery update to come soon!