Prostitutes & Prosthetics
This year’s Thanksgiving was unlike all past snowy celebrations spent in North Dakota, which are always spent with family, friends, food, and football in front of the fireplace. This year, I spent this 90-degree Thanksgiving day with prostitutes.
Today was an unusually unusual work day for me. I stepped away from my typical tasks this morning to visit a brothel about 10 min from my house in the village of Minoterie. Though I have been out to do village ministry more times than I can count, I had never been to visit a brothel before. Inside the walls of the property was a long building that looked like a shed with many doors & an open pavilion area outside where there is most likely a dance club by night. The goal for our initial visit to this brothel was to do health & sex education training with the women and begin to develop a relationship with them. The women were receptive, asked lots of good questions & the men lingering in the background were actually listening too. When the health training was over our Haitian pastor shared a short message with the women & told them that no matter what anyone else thinks, they are worthy in God’s eyes & he still loves them. They looked defeated & you could sense that most felt ashamed. In Haiti, many people think they have to have their life together before they can accept Jesus into their lives and that was proven again today by the statements the women made about God. These women are eager to know more about God and want to get out off the brothel, but need to find other work first.
I had never had a peaked interest in brothel ministry until this week, when three people brought it up to me on separate occasions. My mind is swirling with hopes & dreams for these women involving the possibility of job creation for them. Right now, I’m praying to see if this is something God wants me to pursue. I would love to help these women get out & find empowering work.
A North American team member asked me today how I have changed since living in Haiti. Besides that being a loaded question, I knew the answer. I trust God’s plan & try my hardest to trust his timing. I’ve had many moments here where I’ve been able to look back & finally see how every crazy little detail & puzzle piece has fit together to get me right where I am. God had today planned years and years ago, before I knew where Haiti was. And although I miss spending time with family & friends, today I got to take my first steps into brothel ministry, visited our prosthetics lab, spent time in 3 Cords, my usual workplace, with my friends who are amputees or deaf and spent the evening with my Mission of Hope staff family over a Thanksgiving meal cooked by our wonderful Haitian kitchen staff.
Today was a piece of God’s 1 million piece puzzle. I am right in the middle of God’s crazy plan for my life & I’m happy and more thankful than ever. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends; with the Lord a day is like a thousand years & a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. [2 Peter 3:8-9]