Thursday, February 17, 2011

praying for restoration

"we happy when see 3 beautiful ladies come," said one of our bar friends in her broken english. This is a phrase we have come to hear many times over as the friendships we are building are becoming a source of true joy and hope for these women.

Another bar calling us the "good girls" - a title most American youth would shy to be called such. Here, that title is a testimony of the walk we are living and a joy that those we are focusing our ministry on see us as such too. This bar has come to be one of our favorites as we are welcomed with joyful greetings, or meaningful looks into our eyes for the women who cannot express in english, the joy it is to have us with them.

In just 6 visits we have gone from being just another customer to entertain, to being a friend who they know genuinely cares about how they are today. What a blessing!

Many fliers for SHE have gone into girls' hands. Ones for english lessons, job training, job opportunities as SHE, and "meditation"/english lessons have been copied, shared, and spread throughout several of the bars we have been focusing on. This is only the beginning, yet all that we can physically do to get these women out, so all we can do now is pray.

The other night one of the team's girls went to them, ready to leave and come back to SHE with us right then. I recall my dormmate's voice saying, "the devil is alive" though as he definitely stuck fear, confusion, and plenty of lies and in the chaos of that the girl ended up working another night. Luckily she still wanting out and after some follow up she is nearly ready to walk away! -Please be praying for her specifically as we battle for her restoration!

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Eph 6:14

Also, be praying for the many other women who have the resources and opportunities at their fingertips - that they would be willing to take the risk and come out of their current jobs to come through SHE. For their softened hearts, for peace, for joy and for courage as we intercede on their behalf now, knowing that our prayers move the hand of God and confidently claiming the victory over these women's lives!
Love Always

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