We met a dancer named Cindy at a strip club one Thursday night. It was under unusual circumstances. She had overheard our conversation in the dressing room with another dancer who did not like that we were bringing God into “a place like that.” Cindy came over and began to defend us, quoting Scripture while telling the other dancer, it was a good thing we were there! As she was speaking I felt God’s presence around us. “How could this be?” I thought. I am here to encourage them, not the other way around! Oh my, what God will show you, when you think you’ve got it all figured out! At the time, Cindy didn’t have any godly friends or quality female relationships. She was attending church and would observe from a distance but never truly felt a part of God’s family. I’ll let her share her amazing story with you…in her own words:
“When I met Kayla, I didn’t realize that God sometimes gives you what you need, though you may not know it yet. I was so happy to see her at the strip club that day because it showed me that God doesn’t forget about us. Even though we are out in the wilderness doing God knows what, He will send someone, all the way into the depths of the ocean, to the ends of the earth, to go get you.
I was very broken. That’s how I ended up in the strip club.
For a lot of us, our story goes like this: At some point in your life, due to unfortunate circumstances, you lose all self esteem and you don’t care about yourself anymore. We become broken. We don’t know what we need. We don’t know what love is. Satan put it in my head that I would never amount to anything, that dancing was the best thing I could do.
Now it’s been two years and I haven’t gone back to dancing.
It’s not like money hasn’t been tough and there hasn’t been times when I’m like “Oh, I’m going to run out of this or that.” I could just call one of my ex customers and get the money I need. I have thought stupid things like that, but I have not given into those thoughts. I’ve learned to be content with the simple essentials, and I’m happier because of it. I’m not worshipping money anymore, I used to worship money. But now since I’ve come into the light, there is wisdom and understanding. It’s hopeful to know that there are people who love God that are willing to meet you where you’re at. It is important to reach out because you just don’t know what they’re going through.
The Lord wants me to do mission work. To start, I feel I can help Lavish with the ministry to the women in the sex industry, just simply because I’ve walked that path. I know it’s difficult. With all of the love and support that I’ve seen now, it encourages me to become more like Christ and to give back to others.
I am now in a place where I can serve them. It has come full circle. Jesus tells us to be a light in a dark world, and to go set the captives free. This is what I am passionate about now!”
Cindy’s story tells just one of the many amazing journeys our Pearls are on. Because of the giving of your time and resources, this woman, and many more like her, are being greatly impacted. *Names have been changed to protect identity*