Jeanne’s Declaration of Hope

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Last July, Jeanne, visiting team member and board member, shared her heart and personal words which touch the very heart of our ministry.

Guest post by Jeanne

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These were the words on my mind as I drove to our adopted strip clubs this weekend.  Although I doubt people working in the adult entertainment industry were who our founding fathers were thinking of as they signed the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago, as a follower of Jesus and a visiting team member of She’s Somebody’s Daughter, I couldn’t help but think of them.

The faces I was expecting to see flooded before me. As I recalled what I knew about these dear women’s lives, the prayer that welled in my heart centered on how much I longed for them to fully experience these words.

Created. Oh that they would know – that we all would know – that there is a Creator that smiled as He thought each of their souls into existence. That they would know they were made in the image of God and loved by him dearly. That He gave them each unique gifts and abilities with which to impact the world around them. That they would realize they have an intrinsic worth. I asked myself, “Do they know this?” Lord, help me show them a glimpse of their worth tonight.

Equal. Do we, as the Church, consider them our equals? Or do we try to pretend they don’t exist?  Worse yet, how often do we cast judgment in their direction? So many of them feel they have nowhere else to turn. What would happen in their lives if instead, we invited them into ours? Accepted them as one of our own? What if we no longer viewed them as outsiders, but as friends? If we fought for their good the way we would if they were our daughters? Sisters? Sons?

Life. Liberty. The pursuit of Happiness.  Jesus said that he came that we may have life and have it abundantly. Are those in ‘the industry’ experiencing abundant life?  A life where they are able to pursue true happiness?  When I talk to them, they sure don’t seem like they want to be there.  More often they tend to say that they just don’t see another way. And what of liberty?  Freedom?  Are they free?  I’m learning that human trafficking is rampant not only among prostitutes, but in strip clubs as well. I can’t help but wonder,  “Are any of the ladies I’m getting to know being trafficked?” I vow to keep my eyes open.  But beyond that, do they feel that they have choices?  Are they able to live the life they long to, or are they shackled with the consequences of poor choices or things done to them? Just a few of the stories I’ve heard from ladies in our adopted clubs include parents being crack addicts, being sexually abused, being kicked out of home before reaching adulthood, having all their money stolen, and needing to find a way to feed their kids… and I know it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness.  Created equal. These are the rights the founders of our country considered unalienable – Unable to be alienated from us as humans. And it is my prayer that these rights would be realized by all the ladies and men we work with through She’s Somebody’s Daughter.  May we all live in the freedom Jesus died for us to have.