In 2008 Rachelle Starr stepped into a strip club for the first time. When approached by club staff asking how they could help her, Rachelle responded ” Jesus has sent me here to do something kind and loving for the women in this club. Can I bring in a meal?”
This didn’t happen out of no where. For over a year, Rachelle had seen billboard signs for strip clubs in Louisville and felt that God was calling her to go. After researching the industry and praying, she decided it was time to go.
And we have been in the clubs every Thursday since then. Over time, more individuals got involved and more teams began cooking meals to be served all over the city. Eventually, in ____, a name was put on this work that God was doing: Scarlet Hope.
Today God continues to use this ministry. In addition to continuing our strip club ministry, we have opened Scarlet’s Bakery, begun a Career Development program, started Scarlet Hope in Reno, Nevada and Cincinnati, Ohio, partnered with churches around the nation, and so much more.
We praise God for the work He has done over the past several years and look forward to seeing where the next several years lead.
For eighteen months after God called Rachelle to share the gospel with women in the adult entertainment industry, she and several other women prayed. Once a week they would drive to a club and pray for God’s guidance and strength and for the women in the clubs. One night as they were praying, God finally told Rachelle that it was time to go inside. Rachelle and her two friends paid the $10 cover charge and walked into the club. They sat at the bar and ordered a coke. The club wasn’t crowded so the bartender struck up a conversation with them.
After several minutes she looked at Rachelle and said, “Ok, what’s going on? You’re not here for a job; you’re obviously not interested in the girls, so why are you here?”
At that moment, the only words that came to her mind were, “Jesus sent me here to do something kind and loving for the women in this club. Can I bring in a home-cooked meal?”
She laughed and said, “No.”
Then the Holy Spirit pointed out a man standing across the room, and it was clear to Rachelle that she needed to speak to him. She walked up to him and said, “Jesus sent me here to do something kind and loving for the women in the club. Can I bring in a home-cooked meal?”
She found out that he was the owner of the club and much to her surprise, he said, “Yes!”. From that point on, the doors of the clubs have continued to swing open and closed by God’s mercy and grace, and we have been serving home-cooked meals in clubs all over Louisville every week for 10 years now.