last month I was invited to give a workshop on spiritual warfare at the ICAP Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin. When asked to participate, I immediately said no out of fear and feeling unqualified. It was suggested that I should pray and seek the Lord for His answer, (not mine) which I did and received a yes.
After receiving a yes, I knew I had to prepare as I would be amongst experts in the field of rescue and recovery of those in the sex trade industry, and my topic would be something new for many.
While at the conference, I learned so many things.
Most women in this field are not there by choice. Many have suffered abuse at a very young age, are trafficked and suffer trauma, and PTSD.
I was pleasantly surprised to see people from all around the globe involved in this type of ministry. Some have a calling, others have been rescued and are now rescuing others.
Seeing and hearing these testimonies have brought me much encouragement. God is at work, and yes, there are many success stories.
Being amongst these survivors and hearing their stories has brought a new faith and hope in me. I feel as though I received a huge vitamin shot. God is everywhere; at work in the brothels, strip clubs, rescuing those in need. When I think of my own needs, they seem insignificant compared to what these women and men (yes, young boys are trafficked) go through, and because Christ sets them free, they are strong and enduring to the end.
It´s funny how God works. I went there to serve and to bless in what I can give, but I was the one that came out blessed and with a renewed hope and faith in God.
The theme for the conference was Isaiah 62:3 You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.
After spending just a few days with these precious people, they truly are a crown of glory in His hand and the love was palpable. They choose to be molded and shaped by the master potter and continue to be used by Him for His glory.
My I continue to do the same with my life.