I'm sorry for asking so many questions, but...
When we walked into the strip club, we were greeted by a boisterous group of men celebrating a retirement by using the girls as their entertainment. We asked the general manager if we could set up the meal we brought for the employees in the back hallway away from the activity.
That’s how we found our way into the dressing room, after passing curtained-off VIP rooms. The girls were ready for a break after entertaining this group for over three hours.
We were happy to drag a table into the room and begin setting out the feast that had been generously donated by ladies and men from two churches, Hershey E-Free and Newport Assembly of God. It did our hearts good to see the girls sit down and eat!
We visited a total of five clubs one night recently and handed out 65 gifts and snack bags. The most interesting and memorable time of our evening happened at our adopted club #6 when a beautiful young girl came into the dressing room, saw the meal, and said ‘Oh, it’s you! I have so many questions for you!’
She asked questions for over an hour as she nibbled at the food, and even videotaped our conversation at one point so she could remind herself that this really happened.
Why are you here?
Don’t you condemn and judge us?
This is so nice, why are you so nice when you’re Christians?
Christians are fake and judgmental; aren’t you going to tell us we’re going to hell?
Do you know that we’re strippers? Doesn’t that bother you? How can you sit in here and be with us?
Aren’t you going to tell us that we’re just sinners?
Is this all donated? Why would people do this for us? We are usually looked down on, you know?
Can someone be forgiven if they’ve sold their daughter into prostitution? Is that worse than murder?
Do you believe in abortion?
Do you believe in heaven and hell? Where do you think you’re going? Where do you think we’re going?
Are you offended by my questions? I’m sorry I have so many!
What if no One is out there and it’s all just a lie?
What is God’s love like? How will I know it?
What if He asks me to leave this lifestyle? Will I see a sign?
Are you coming back?
We fielded questions for over an hour and loved every single minute of it! More than once, one of our team members reminded each of us in the room that we all are sinners and sin every day. She explained to the girls that God loves us where we are and pursues and calls us to Him on His terms, in His timing.
One of us had the opportunity to share our personal testimony and the girls sat quietly, captured by the story that involved motorcycles, late night fights, church, family, abortion, and redemption…all things they could relate to.
Because of the direction our conversation took, we felt prompted to share a book with them; a Francine Rivers' novel, Redeeming Love, which is a powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea: a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
The book just so happened to be in the car because of a prompting earlier in the day: “have it with you, just in case”. The ‘just in case’ was so evident it would have been disobedient not to offer the book this night.
When asked if they’d like to read the book and then discuss it when we come back, one of the girls with a loud voice and smile on her face said “oh! book club!!” Are you kidding me? A book club in a strip club? We can’t think of a better place to discuss a book about God’s redeeming love.
A question has been haunting me ever since our visit to club #6…what have we done as Christians to make those who need to experience God’s hope and love think that we wouldn’t care if they go to heaven or hell?
Oh, but we care; every one of us, from those who gave financially, to those who gave food, to those who prayed, to those of us who visited.
And we count the cost as gain.
Vision and Mission of She's Somebody's Daughter
Creating a model of what it means to be a community that honors women and says no more sexual exploitation, it is our desire to be a voice for daughters everywhere, encouraging others to honor women and raise awareness about the issues related to exploitation.
SSD in PA Strip Club Outreach Vision and Mission:
SSD in PA Strip Club Outreach grew out of a desire to take the message of She’s Somebody’s Daughter to the personal, hands-on, local level; our vision is to lead by building relationships, therefore creating a context to share the love of Christ.
We are creating a model of what it means to “be a community that reaches communities” - building a support network - to honor women and address sexual exploitation.