Bethany Hess        Network 21 Missions
 
i am thinking back to a few nights that caused such sadness, and so many questions.
as i said before, we are staying at the YWAM base. while here, we are doing some outreach with a team here ...
they invited us out on a prayer walk though town.
first meeting, and praying together, and then going out on The Streets.
so we walked, prayed, and listened to what God had to say ...
a few nights later, we went out to walk and talk now.
We made our way to the famous red light District. I had seen parts of it during the day.
a few ladies standing in the windows ... but i realized now, there is no way to mentally prepare yourself for this!
we walked down a street, took a turn, and stood in the middle of a bridge, looking down at the ladies, the windows, the lights, curtains, and the mob of men.
it was so strange!
we walked the street lined with windows. The best way I can describe it is like a storefront window, only the ladies are what is for sale. the men, taking there pick, asking how much is this and how much is that?
so strange, so far from what the heart of God for His people!
the team we went with had gone many times before, they had become friends with some of the ladies, so I was able to meet a few of the ladies in the windows.
they are women just like me, most of them in the midst of desperate circumstances.
it was such a hopeless feeling to walk by a window where the curtain was drawn (that indicates they are busy).
i went home asking God, what can we do? there is so much darkness. so much hopelessness in that place. so much loneliness. so much hurt.
what can we do?
i went to bed with the question heavy in my heart.
You see, I have realized something about myself ... I am opposed to injustice in any form! Can you imagine what God thinks about this injustice?!?
some women are trafficked in, some women so desperate, with no hope, having to sale themselves over and over again!
men, seeking some sort of pleasure or love, trying to fight loneliness ... out there settling for something that is so much less than what God has for them!
God what do we do?
after struggling with this question, God reminded me of His heart for all of us .......... The affluent, the lonely, the desperate, the self-centered, the religious, the greedy, the poor, the corrupt, the sick ...
He loves us oh so dearly, and He desires for us to be with Him.  
He will burden hearts for different people groups, or countries, or issues. He has not forgotten any of us! 
We must pray, and we must be active ... however that looks for each individual!
and we must always remember, it is not them, or i, it is US..
We are God's people. and we must act accordingly!
on those streets lined with red lights, I saw so many tourist walk by the ladies in the windows saying remarks that oozed with superiority! this is not God's heart.
We are his people, and we must act accordingly.
He loves us, Oh how He loves us.

03/18/2010 07:06

Thank you for reminding me that I am not superior in the eyes of God from anyone else just because my sin is different. Its amazing when God allows us to feel his heart for his people, isn't it? I'll be praying for you as you continue to offer hope.........

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Rodney
03/25/2010 14:45

It is so cool to see how you are looking at the world through God's eyes. Yes you have always been against injustice of any kind, but, now you are seeng that injustice more and more through God-filtered eyes. ( is that a word?) When you get a chance we are looking foreward to hearing how the classes are going. We are praying for you daily and looking foreward to seeing you soon.

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