Meet Kristin!

Kristin Singogo has joined the staff at Scarlet Hope as Outreach Director to continue the outreach mission of Scarlet Hope. Kristin has a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s in International Development Administration. Her professional career demonstrates God’s providential stepping stones on His journey for her to Scarlet Hope.

Beginning as a Fund Development Coordinator, she next co-founded and served as co-Executive Director at an anti-human trafficking nonprofit organization. Kristin was also the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of The Family Health Center and Programs Manager of Seeds of Hope International Partnerships. Just before the Lord brought her to Scarlet Hope she worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor.

Kristin is newly married to Chaali (pronounced as Shar-lee) Singogo. She met Chaalie, a Zambian national, while in Zambia where she served as a missionary. They met while volunteering for the same ministry.

Kristin quickly integrated into the SH family of staff, volunteers, and most importantly the women we serve. Building trust with women who have experienced trauma is not easy. Yet I have watched Kristin quickly engage with the women we serve. Some may say it is her experience in missions and counseling but it is also inevitably due to her love of Christ for each of them.

Partnering with her has lent an up close and personal view of who Kristin Singogo is. She lives out John 5:34, Jesus said, ‘My food is to do what the One who sent me wants me to do and to finish his work'” ncv. Join me in welcoming her as she leads us into those dark places God wants to go to finish His work as we serve woman well who are entrapped by the exploitative world of the adult entertainment industry.

 

Encourage us (1 Thessalonians 5:11): Finished God’s work is energizing and exciting. What is your favorite way to finish God’s work?

 

Written by Angela Clevenger

 

HEELED Conference ’17

Dear friends,

Scarlet Hope just finished hosting its 3rd annual HEELED Conference and it was another great year! We were thrilled to see God move as we worshipped, trained, prayed, and networked together.

The HEELED Conference was created to equip, train, and encourage men and women who are bringing the hope and love of Jesus Christ into the adult entertainment industry all across the country. Over the years we have seen firsthand how hard this type of ministry can be and how quickly people get burned out. Having good accountability, healthy boundaries, and a connection to a local church are essential, but sometimes we need even more.

At the HEELED Conference, we gathered together as a group of God-followers who have all been given a similar passion and been called into the same type of ministry. It was a very unique opportunity for us to swap stories, give personal counsel and advice, and encourage one another.

During our main sessions we got to hear from two of my fellow co-laborers in ministry, Christa Hicks and Jeff Shaw. Christa and Jeff are both founders and directors of ministries for women in the adult entertainment industry. Christa’s ministry is Into the Jordan in Fort Myers, Florida and Jeff’s is Out of Darkness in Atlanta, Georgia. Their passion for this type of ministry was contagious and it was a privilege to hear from them. We were also honored to have Brian and Kim Tabor lead us in worship throughout the conference.

During the days of the conference we attended various breakout sessions. Conference guests could choose from a variety of sessions such as Caring for Women Pre- and Post- Abortion, Pornography and Its Ties to the Sex Industry, Transitional Living Programs, Training Up Volunteers, and much more. It was our goal and intention that by attending these breakout sessions, guests would leave the conference with an even greater understanding and knowledge of how to care for women who have been exploited by the adult entertainment industry.

At this year’s conference we had people from Iowa, West Virginia, Canada, and Puerto Rico, just to name a few. It was absolutely amazing to hear what God is doing all over the world. Contrary to what it may sometimes feel like, God is actively involved and lovingly present in the adult entertainment industry. He is using ordinary people like us to do His extraordinary work. It was such a unique and wonderful experience to gather together in one place and be reminded of this marvelous Truth!

This conference is worth every bit of work that goes into it. We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Sincerely,

Rachelle Starr

 

A Harlot’s Cry

We met Mary nearly 10 years ago, late on a Thursday night in a dark strip club.  We are absolutely honored that the Lord has allowed us to walk with her on this journey of healing, recovery, and redemption, and we can’t wait to see what He has in store!

 

It all started at an ice cream truck.

In a typical American city on a typical neighborhood street, fifteen-year-old Mary Frances found herself the object of interest to Dirty Dan, a biker gang member more than a decade her senior. Neglected, abused, and hungry, Mary thought she had found the love and affection she longed for when this handsome biker singled her out with gifts of milkshakes and banana splits and told her he would make her a star.

Little did she know that these ice cream treats would cost her the next thirty-five years of her life.

After spending the rest of her teen years being trafficked and pimped out, Mary finally escaped Dirty Dan—only to find that the grips of the sex industry reach far beyond the hold of a biker gang. With no education and nowhere else to turn, Mary went back to the only life she had ever known: a life of brothels, peep shows, and strip clubs, where if the drugs and alcohol don’t ruin you, the thieves and abusers certainly will. For the better part of thirty years, Mary tried everything to escape the sex industry—education, marriage, therapy, vocational training—but it all fell short until an encounter with God changed her life forever.

A Harlot’s Cry gives an unflinching look at the inner workings of the sex industry and all the evils that keep women entrenched within it, but it also offers hope to anyone who has ever felt trapped and forgotten in this life.

Coming August 29

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He is Faithful

My three-year-old son and I were riding in the car the other day and I heard him singing in the backseat.

“Never once did we ever walk alone. Never once did you leave us all alone. You are faithful, God you are faithful!” he belted from the top of his lungs.

I knew the question was coming because he asks it all the time.

Silence came from the backseat, and then the question came: “What’s that mean, Mommy?”

I love these moments with my son and we had a great conversation about what it means that God is faithful. (Ok in all honesty it lasted about three minutes before he was pointing to something outside and no longer listening to my mini-sermon on the faithfulness of God.) But it really got me thinking about what His faithfulness truly means. We sing about it all the time. We remind others of it during times of strife (“I’m so sorry you’re going through this but God is faithful!”).   But what does it really mean?

The faithfulness of God means that He will always do what He has said He will do and He will always fulfill His promises.

When you really think about it, this is an incredibly counter-cultural thing. Our world does NOT value faithfulness. We remain faithful to our friends until they start getting on our nerves and we find some new ones. We’ll be faithful to our spouse until we are no longer interested and “fall out of love.” We’re faithful to our jobs until a better offer comes along.

And yet the bible is filled with promises—amazing, life-changing promises—and we can trust that our God will be 100% faithful to those promises.

This is such great news to the women we minister to in the adult entertainment industry. When we speak Truth to them, we do not give them our word, because what good is our word, really? We give them God’s word. We give them God’s promise. His promise that when we trust in Christ Jesus there is absolutely no condemnation (Romans 8:1). His promise to never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). His promise that He will continue to do a work in us until it’s carried on to completion (Philippians 1:6). His promise that He’s coming back and making all things new (Revelation 21:5). This is good news to women living in hopelessness. This is good news to us.

“Never once did we ever walk alone. Never once did you leave us all alone. You are faithful, God you are faithful!”

Jesus: The Great Weightlifter

Strength fitness is not just an interest in our culture but more of a craze. First Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our bodies are the dwelling place of God and we should care for it well and that includes a healthy physicality, but the phenomena we experience is beyond that.

Gyms are on every corner, sometimes more than one. Our fascination with our strength is, well, fascinating with the push of obtaining strength with much intensity. My children are weight lifters. While watching them carry concrete balls that are almost as big as I am I was struck by the correlation between the focus of our culture on personal strength and spiritual strength.

Is our internal drive to obtain the spiritual strength we need to make it through our lives translated into a physical expression? Jesus explains that the world’s burden is heavy but He lightens it (Matt. 11:30). He tells us to cast all of our cares on Him, because they are too heavy for us and He loves us (1 Pet. 5:7)!

Planet earth life is hard and requires great strength. Jesus told us that we will have trouble (Jn. 16:33). First Timothy 4:8 compares physical and spiritual strength. Paul explains that exercise is what our bodies need, but there is a greater need. Here’s the question friends, are we willing to allow Christ to be our strength, to lift the weight of that load?