I woke up with a few questions to ask you: Have you ever wondered what you’d say to a girl out on the streets? Maybe you’ve tried to form words in your mind, but yet they seem to stumble and roll clumsily around in your brain not making any sense? Maybe you’ve never thought a lick about it?
Every Friday night I lead a ministry, Beautiful Night, that takes to the streets for a couple of hours to meet and give encouragement to girls bound up in different forms of sexual exploitation. It’s a ministry that God birthed by vision into my heart back in January and I’ve sought to be faithful to carry out His plan.
Each Friday when we lead out we take hand-made and written cards of hope, red roses, and Mary Kay lipsticks. God has been faithful to provide resources to bless His daughters and show himself to them. He truly is Jehovah-Jireh — the God who provides.
And each Friday night I am broken.
Broken by the lack of hope these girls feel.
Broken that some are truly being forced to prostitute by their trafficker and pimp.
Broken that some feel so worthless they will not look you in the eye.
Broken that many do not have any encouragers in their life.
Broken by the darkness that has permeated each soul.
Ray of Light.
Our teams weep for the girls, the streets, and the community. We cry our eyes out and many days we feel like pounding our fists for the injustices we witness. And about the moment we think our hearts can not take any more, a ray of light will shine through.
A girl will say . . .
“I know you are my angels out here tonight.”
“I had no idea there are people who care about me.”
“This is such a God-moment you are here right now.”
“I love these cards of encouragement. I have three now. I’m collecting them.”
“God really loves me. God loves me!”
When you are prompted to offer hope.
That’s just what a friend of mine did when she went to youth camp. She brought along markers, stationary, scrapbook paper and glue. One evening she gathered the older teen girls in her cabin and explained to them this ministry. She asked them to make cards and write a message that would be given out to girls on the streets.
Their precious cards and even more so their words wreck me up! BAD. They aren’t even old enough to come out on the streets with us to minister, but yet their words bring comfort to many a girl out there. Girls cry. Girls smile. Girls hug their cards. The girls feel loved and beautiful in the that moment.
These words resonate in my soul. These words pound so loudly as they stir my soul, as if they can not wait to make their way in to a girls heart. May their words work in your heart today too —
Teenagers words of hope.
“You, yes you. God loves you! He is the way, the truth, and the life. Because his word is true and his word says you are wonderful and beautiful, then it is true. You are beautiful! Don’t let anyone tell you different. God loves you just the way you are. You don’t have to come to him clean, perfect, and pure, he loves you for you!”
“You are made in God’s likeness. Therefore, you are beautiful, you are NOT a mistake. You have been put here on this earth for a divine purpose. No matter where you are in life, God is there, even in the darkest of moments, He is with you. He loves you! There is freedom in the name of JESUS. You are more than the things you have done, you are a holy daughter of the ONE TRUE KING.”
“Dear Beloved, I may not know you, and I wish I could speak to you, but I hope to touch your heart through these words. Now, I don’t know how you think of yourself, but I think, no I know, you are beautiful! And you are loved by a great, indescribable God. I think about my personal experience with God and then I think of how you may not know a thing about him. But I pray you come to know him or know him more than you already do. Without God I could never say this, but I LOVE YOU! And it seems crazy but even if I don’t know you, I know with all I have that you are worth loving. I can’t help feel there is something special about you! I feel that this letter might actually do something for you so I felt so provoked to write you. Please never forget you are beautiful and loved! You are God’s princess . . . don’t forget that!”
“Hi, I just want you to know you are absolutely beautiful and loved by a relentless God who has never given up on you and never will. Follow him. Chase your wildest dreams. I love you. God loves you!”
QUESTION: What words would you offer to give hope to a girl on the streets? Would you like to make cards to donate to this ministry?