What is Scarlet Hope?
Scarlet Hope is an outreach ministry to women of the sex industry in and around Louisville, Kentucky. You can find out more about us here.
Why Scarlet Hope?
The name Scarlet Hope came from Matthew 27:27-31, the event on the way to the crucifixion when Jesus was stripped of his clothing and put in a scarlet robe to be mocked by Roman soldiers. Women of the sex industry are repeatedly stripped of their clothing and stripped of their dignity. They are naked and vulnerable in every conceivable way. Their beauty has been so cheapened and twisted that it has become a mockery of God’s original creation. But Christ wants to give these women HOPE. He wants to clothe them with honor and true beauty. He wants to clothe them with purity and righteousness. He wants to clothe them with robes of authentic royalty as He makes them beloved princesses in His kingdom. And He wants US to join Him in spreading that hope to those who have been living in utter despair (Is 61:1-3)!
Why should I care about this ministry?
Before you entered into God’s kingdom, you were stripped of YOUR dignity, vulnerable, and mocked. The clothes you wore to cover your nakedness were cheap and stained with the dirtiness of your sins. In God’s eyes, none of our sins are any prettier than anyone else’s. Jesus is the only person who ever wore perfectly white garments of righteousness, unstained by even one sin. But He chose to be soaked in all the scarlet sins of the world so that we could be washed clean (Is 1:18). We are all desperate and hopeless without Jesus. Our mission as Christ’s people is to be His literal hands and feet, going into the world to share His truth and love with the lost and hurting people we meet. Whatever we do for the least of these we do for Him (Mt 25:31-46).
Who are the women of the sex industry?
The sex industry is one of the largest and most timeless industries in the world. It includes men and women who are prostitutes, pimps, strippers, pornographers, and sex slaves. Scarlet Hope has compassion towards ALL men and women involved in the sex industry, but we are primarily involved with women who work in the strip clubs around our area. A typical American stripper is not the carefree blonde Barbie doll many assume them to be. Most are poor, single moms of every ethnicity. They may be overweight or pregnant and have crooked or missing teeth. Their average age is 38. They almost certainly have a history of abuse or rape. They are often being manipulated by a pimp, either by physical force or emotional coercion. They are probably addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, which they use to numb their shame and depression. If their income doesn’t pay for the addiction, they will likely turn to prostitution.
Is Scarlet Hope a charity organization?
Strictly speaking, yes. We do give aid to those in need. But in our culture, the word charity has taken on the idea of giving hand-outs to pitiful people which is definitely NOT the spirit of Scarlet Hope. We do fully embrace the ORIGINAL meaning of charity, which is a translation of the Greek word agape illustrated so eloquently in 1 Corinthians 13. Scarlet Hope desires to show that kind of unconditional love to the people we are privileged to serve in His name.
Is Scarlet Hope a non-profit 501c3?
Scarlet Hope is an official 501c3 organization and is the only organization in Louisville that focuses all of our attention on ministering to women in the adult entertainment industry.
How can I donate goods, services, or funds to Scarlet Hope?
Thanks for asking! To donate goods or services, click here. To donate funds, click here. You also may choose to support Scarlet Hope by purchasing items we have for sale in our Store. 100% of our profits go towards sustaining the ministry. We pray that God blesses you richly as you respond to His call to give generously and with a cheerful heart!
How can I get more involved in Scarlet Hope?
If you think the Lord may be calling you to join our team, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with this website. Read the Volunteer page, and then pray. If after prayerful consideration you still feel drawn to find out more, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you!