“Strip Church” ministry based out of Nashville, Tenn. began after a pastor’s wife fasted for 21 days in late 2012 for a new purpose, only to learn God was calling her to reach out to strippers and women in the porn industry.
Stevens, who helps her husband, Todd Stevens, lead Friendship Community Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., was bewildered but willing to serve so she made her first call to a strip club in downtown Nashville, where according to Stevens, the porn industry market is “huge.” After telling the manager of Déjà Vu that she wanted to go to the club and take food for the dancers with no strings attached, she was surprised that he invited her the following week.
“She doesn’t spread the gospel at Deja Vu, she just shows the girls love by listening, being attentive, and answering any questions they may have about life or faith,” said John Sanchez, general manager at Déjà Vu, to CP. “The reason she was invited was because she didn’t try to ‘spread the word.””
During her first visit, Stevens took a home cooked meal to the club and stayed for 45 minutes to hold conversation with the women. There were no “high pressure sales pitch, no Bible and no tracts,” according to Stevens. Now, she goes twice a month for an hour before the night shift begins. In addition, she visits another club in the same area where she “shows God’s love in a practical way.”
“I met one dancer that attends church regularly and even teaches Sunday school. Many of them lead two separate lives, their friends and families don’t know they dance,” said Stevens.
Another dancer that Stevens has met is Sarah, a single mother of two young girls. After receiving a Mary Kay gift bag worth $150 from Stevens, she admitted that she was a long time user of the brand’s facial products but could not afford them anymore. Steven’s gesture was enough for Sarah to acknowledge God’s love through Stevens’ actions and three months later, she gave her life to Christ and quit stripping.
“She has now been baptized, is serving at our church, and plans to join a community group. A recruiter that attends our church found Sarah a new job where she is making close to what she made dancing and now, she goes with me on Thursday nights to the clubs. Just like the woman at the well that experienced Jesus and ran to town saying, ‘Come and see,’ Sarah goes into these clubs and says, ‘Come and see a place where you will always be welcome. Come as you are,'” said Stevens.
via The Christian Post