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Scarlet Hope – Journal Entry #58 – October 23rd 2009     ” If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love,if any fellowship with the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same LOVE, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing outof vain conceit, but in humility concider others better than yourselves.”
Philippians 2:1-3

Club #1 : Hannah  Reporting

Wow. What a powerful statement, consider others better than yourself. This was an awesome reminder to me to always know and view these women as God’s perfect masterpieces’, and consider them better than our selves! GLORY to the God of the universe who is just doing so many incredible things in the lives of numerous dancers in the clubs. I just want to share a quick story about a girl D who actually works at the downtown club. It is a HUGE praise report because D was probably one of the toughest, cold, and hard hearted women we have ran into. She has a horrific past of drug abuse and a broken life.Well because of Gods amazing timing and purpose a situation arose where we were able to help her out with a few different needs. God opened a door to love D and later in the day we received this message from D “Hey I just wanted to say thank u thank u thank u, in all my life, I have never meet people as kind and giving as u guys are. You really touch people’s lives. You guys will always have a place it my heart. God bless you” Ok don’t all tear up at once! I was floored. I hope you are encouraged by that message from her. Everyone reading this is being used by God to help break down barriers, not only in D’s life but in the lives of so many other girls. I know that D has felt Jesus comfort and love through you folks and your prayers.

Brittany, Natalie G. and I arrived right on time at the club with our bins packed full of the most wonderful bean/ham soup, corn beard, roasted potatoes, and yummy pumpkin/banana muffins. The girls went wild over it all. I think one girl ate 6 banana muffins. Last night there were 4 new dancers who just started working there that night. They were all under 20 and two of them looked scared to death. We met one of them “DI” who told us about how her mom has breast cancer and that she wants to get a tattoo to show support for her mom of the pink ribbon on her chest. We offered her food but she said she couldn’t eat because she was nervous and thought she would through it up. There was so much great convo last night and this will be a novel if I don’t keep it factually so I’ll try.

“S” randomly showed up last night. Rachelle had been trying to help her for months but S disappeared awhile ago and we haven’t seen her again until last. I have to say it but she looked awful, it broke my heart. She was SUPER drunk and had a couple bruises on her legs:( We are still going to fallow up with her.

We talked to M for a while who really wants to come to the baby shower this Sunday with us. Then there was V who use to work at the club awhile ago, she quit, and just last night came back to dancing. She told me how she tried very hard to get any “normal” job but since she doesn’t have her GED, she cannot get hired anywhere. So if anyone knows of places that will hire girls without GEDs, please let us know. We have two girls right now who said they do not want to dance but they have to because they need a job.

Club 2: Reporting: Jessica

Team: Allison, Valerie and Mandy

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”   Tonight was a slow night for conversations with the girls. In discussion with the team, we all felt like there was a weird vibe. The music was loud and not many girls came over to get food. Satan is definitely throwing out distractions. We had one great conversation with J the bouncer/ dj at the club. He talked with us for a little while; he asked us if any of us attended Veritas, a young adult service at Northside Christian Church. Allyson said she did and he said that he has been invited to check it out and he plans on attending this coming Tuesday. Please be in prayer for J that he will take the time to check out Veritas and that he will have an open mind and heart. This is such exciting news to hear God is working bit by bit throughout this club. The team continues to see how God is making an impact in the lives of the dancers and the staff. It is obvious that God is starting to change lives therefore Satan is putting out distractions like the loud music. But God has big plans for this ministry and the people at these clubs, every seed we plant is important whether it is through smiling faces, consistently being there every week or through the meals we provide. One of the managers, K mentioned tonight that he appreciates what we do because it keeps the dancers bellies full when they are dancing.  I pray that not only do their bellies get filled up but also their lives with love of Christ.


Loving Him The Scarlet Hope Team ~