Celebrating Jesus through Cord of Hope

Sunday, December 18, 2011  ::  

Many people have asked for details about the Cord of Hope outreach that took place a week ago. My apologies for the delayed response. To be honest, this last week left little time to write for all sorts of reasons, not to mention it is difficult to sit down and try to explain what took place. Life circumstances, as well as needed concentration to communicate some of what God did through the outreach led to procrastination. Again, my apologies.

But rest assured, He moved.

Over one hundred women received a beautiful gift full of chocolate, cute socks, jewelry, cute trinkets, and a beautiful booklet with Luke 2 in the Message translation. As always, some of the women spoke with gratitude that it would be the only gift they received this Christmas. Some just looked at us in shock or hesitation. And, some wanted to dig through the bags and trade out for something more to their tastes.

M asked us who we were and why we did this. When one of my teammates briefly explained Cord of Hope, M shook her head and replied, "I can dig it." She talked about how she got into dancing and that her sister also dances in the same club. Over the last week, she has been in my daydreams and night dreams. She is a treasure. Jesus loves her with an unfailing love. Will you please pray for M and her sister to know the God who saves?

We met A during a coffee drop during the summer. She looks so, so young. She has a sweet disposition and a beautiful smile. Despite her employment choices, she still has an innocence about her which could be because she has a young daughter. She was delighted to receive a Christmas gift and even more happy that one of my teammates remembered her name and asked about her daughter. Please pray that our love and memory of the small details of her life will lead her to an inescapable curiosity to search for God. Will you pray that she will come to know Jesus that will restore her sweet innocence?

J knew about what we were doing right away because while working in Phoenix she received a gift from a group similar to ours. In Phoenix she received Harmony Dust's book and had already read it. I was so happy to be able to tell her that I knew Harmony and that she is legit and her book is true. Please pray for J. Ask God to continue to put people in her path in the most unexpected ways to show her He is pursuing her. Will you please pray for J to know the God who has not forgotten her?

The managers of Ten's, Eden, Venom, and Turbulence were all very open to us this outreach. No one even hesitated. B at Venom was very talkative with us. J at Eden is interested in having coffee with Chad and me. J, R, and D at Ten's continue to be open to whatever we want to do in their club. To be honest, they all seem so closed off to spiritual things, but I know that it is only my small human brain and heart underestimating the God who can do whatever He wants whenever He wants. Please pray for these men. Ask God to continue to give us favor with them. Ask God to remove their hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh. Will you please pray that these men will know true freedom and redemption through Jesus?

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart. I will put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Psalm 130 O Israel {dancers, mangers, people of Tucson, me, YOU} put your hope in the Lord for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. He Himself will redeem Israel {and us} from all their sin.

Thank you for praying.

Glory to God alone!

4 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Angela DeSoto said...

Thank you for putting this into words and for leading out the way you do. My heart is still full from that night, and heavy as well. To God be the glory in Cord of Hope and in our lives!

Alysa said...

Thank you for this post. It has been hard not to be there to pray for you on outreach night! I was praying at home though :) Love you!

hannah singer said...

praise Jesus! continued prayers for this most special outreach. love you, more and more xoxo

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Absolutely moving!

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