Day of Hope Program

God grows things organically at Scarlet Hope. A corporate mentality does not exist here when it comes to vision; where God says “Go!” is where this ministry, well, goes!

When God revealed to us that He wanted a more intentional and deeply relational focus of pouring into our ladies, Scarlet Hope went to work. A weekly day of programming was developed and aptly named Day of Hope. Club 0 provides support and biblical awareness to many every week. Day of Hope was smaller, allowing care to be more individualized, more like Jesus did with His disciples (Matt. 17:1, et al).

The day was structured with an opening devotional then lunch together- thank you Miss Margaret for your devoted service every 1st, 3rd, and 5th weeks! Lunches were also generously provided by Simply Thai, Mark’s Feed Store, and Penn Station Subs. This was followed by life skills training with classes such as managing finances (thank you Riverbend Financial Group). Interactive healthy cooking classes were brought by Dare to Care- complete with the recipes created that day being sent home with our ladies each week, with the ingredients to make the recipes! Other life skills such as parenting were coached.

Biblical application study was next on our agenda with our ladies citing a favorite of The Case for Christ. We ended our days with recreation, because enjoying recreation is a new concept to many of the women we serve. It may have been walking to Comfy Cow for ice-cream, visiting a local park or art museum- a particular favorite past-time, or making a facial mask while learning that we are to face the world with who we really are. One thing was always guaranteed- loads of fun memories- good times- and vast amounts of laughter never failed to be part of the mix!

It’s hard to say all that this program encompassed in a single blog post. I watched women, friends I love, grow! Grow in learning who they are and whose they are. They are well on their way to living out the divine plan and purpose God has for their precious lives (Jer. 29:11; 1 Cor. 2:9, et al). Could there possibly be a better way to spend a day…?

 

“Jesus’ leadership strategy evidently worked well. Within a generation, His followers turned the world upside down.” Michael Hyatt[1]

[1] https://michaelhyatt.com/the-leadership-strategy-of-jesus.html

Spiritual Purity

Oswald Chambers touches the heart when he speaks of the purity of spirit. He explains that this isn’t innocence, rather, it is unblemished. Can we remain untarnished in our spirit? We are, after all, human. We have to be careful not to use that as an excuse to place too much distance between ourselves and our God.

Chambers explains that we have our inner court to guard and our outer court. The inner sanctum is our vertical connection to Christ. The outer courts are our external selves- and this is where we can fall into impurity- quickly. One way to maintain integrity in our outer courts is to see others as God sees them.

David also spoke to purity of spirit,

Vindicate me, Lord,
because I have lived with integrity
and have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Test me, Lord, and try me;
examine my heart and mind. Psalm 26:1-2 HCSB

 

            “Sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same.” Oswald Chambers, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, 1449.

 

 

The Holy Drip

“The Lord spoke his word to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it, because I see the evil things they do.” But Jonah got up to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish.” Jonah 1:1-3 ncv

Many years ago I felt God giving a yank on my heart and that yank has a name: Scarlet Hope. God will not be ignored. My analogy, most respectfully, is that His Utmost can be just like a dripping faucet.

Him:”You know I want you involved in this ministry”

Me: “Um, yeah God I’ll find out about it.”

Drip… “But God that ministry scares me a bit. Those clubs aren’t the safest places. I’ll make a deal with you, I’ll serve on the cook-team.” I’m sure I heard thunder from His laughter at my attempts to cut a deal with Him. The cook-team seemed like a good fit; I loved to cook, and it is important to the ministry. There, God would be appeased.

The dripping continued, and I continued ignoring Him. The problem with ignoring God is that He doesn’t cower to us and He refuses to be ignored. Drip…”Angela, the cook-team is great and necessary but you know where I want you.” I ignored.

Then He jerked a holy knot in my tail. He shouted at my heart, “Look Angela, I have been patient with you but you know where I want you.” Listening to the stories of the women who were graduating that night I was broken. “Ok, Lord, wherever you say, I’ll go.”

Several years and many drips later I find myself entrenched in the ministry that has my heart in a death grip. There has been nothing other than my God and my family that has meant more to me. The women I have met have stolen my heart as well. I often tell them that they inspire me with their genuine authenticity- something many of us struggle with.

God has shown His glorious Self time and time again through this ministry He has given me. My husband says that I just glow on the days I volunteer. A piece of that is probably from the silence of holy dripping, at least for now.

When was a time you pulled a Jonah?  I’m not alone am I?

CPR

Would you be surprised if I told you that we perform CPR at Scarlet Hope 24/7? You would probably not believe me. But the CPR I am referring to is Dann Spader’s Cultivate, Plant, Reap.

At Scarlet Hope we cultivate by building relationships and plant the message Jesus Christ has for her by decrying His love and pursuit of her. You are part of the reaping when that woman shines bright with the light of Christ within her when she does a 180 with her life and learns to live out the plan and purpose God has for her long before He destined her precious life (Jer. 1:5).

God is doing great things through this ministry. Whether you pray, cook, work with the kids, mentor, donate your resources, help out at the bakery, attend Bible study with us, provide service through a work group when you are edifying this ministry know you are certified to perform this CPR. The Holy Spirit multiplies your obedience of performing spiritual CPR to bring a soul back to life 24/7 by working on their hearts long after we have cultivated and planted.

The harvest ultimately belongs to God (1 Cor. 3:6). If your ministry here at Scarlet Hope does not give you the opportunity of direct contact with our ladies know this: you will rejoice with them in eternity.

ENCOURAGE US!  So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now. (1 Thessalonians 5:12) NCV

Pouring out to the broken always results in God pouring into you. What does CPR at Scarlet Hope do for your own heart?

Women’s Tea

The Kentucky Derby is only weeks away and the city of Louisville is preparing for this incredible sporting event.  However, there are also preparations being made to bring in women and children to be sold for money right here in our city.  Attorney General Andy Beshear said in a recent article, “In Kentucky 332 sex and labor trafficking victims were identified by the state from 2008 to June 2015, about two thirds were trafficked as children.” These are only the reported and prosecuted cases.
With this in mind, the theme of this year’s Women’s Tea will be “A Race to End Trafficking.”  It will be a time of education, inspiration and challenge to get involved.  We will hear from speakers from the Governor’s office, the FBI and a testimony from a woman who has lived human trafficking in her own story.
We invite you to be a part of this special morning on Saturday, April 29 from 11am-1pm at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Heritage Hall.    Ladies are encouraged to come dressed in Derby attire ready to shop our Silent Auction of beautiful designer purses – all proceeds going to help women from the adult entertainment industry.  For tickets go to www.scarlethope.org/womens-tea. Bring a group of 10 ladies and get a discount!
If you have questions, email amanda@scarlethope.org – we hope to see you there!