One of the highlights of our work is when people actually leave prostitution.
Diana was one of the girls we were able to help the last year. Diana is in her mid-twenties and found herself forced into prostitution at the tender age of fourteen. For many years, her young body, her self-worth, her will, and her dreams were broken. Last fall, she told us she wanted to quit. Physically and mentally, she was so low. She left me a voice message in the middle of the night once, so down, so depressed, and not seeing the hope to keep on living. We started working with her and helped her find stable housing and stable income. She is now in an internship at a place where she would possibly like to work one day, and they are very content with her. Now, we are helping her discover her self-worth and how to start loving herself again. It is a beautiful process of seeing God heal and restore one of his precious daughters.
Maria was kicked out of her boyfriend’s house without any place to stay. Since the pandemic, she had started coming to the Netherlands to work in illegal prostitution. She wandered the streets, not knowing where to stay. It was then that some people who were doing street evangelism saw her on the street and shared the love of Jesus with her. When they found out her situation, they were able to arrange a safe place for her to stay. She spoke Spanish and the young street evangelists remembered that we speak Spanish as well and help people quit prostitution, so they called us. Helping people in prostitution can be a long process of gaining trust and helping people decide for a new way of living. Maria’s process was a very quick one. She met other women in our church who also made the choice to quit prostitution. She told me, “If they did it. So can I.” She made the step to leave the Netherlands and go back to her family. She now has a job and is attending one of our sister churches in Spain. Her countenance has changed significantly, and she testifies to the goodness and kindness of God that she received from unexpected strangers who prayed and cared so much for her.
Diana and Maria are just two example of the many women we have been able to help quit prostitution. Honestly, the challenges these women face are huge. Many feel stuck and believe that there is nothing else that they can do to make a living. Yet, God is greater. He is our “Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness.”
It is so rewarding to see how God continues to make a way even where there seems to be no way. Thank you for prayerfully and generously supporting us to help make a way for people like Diana and Maria.
PS. To read more about the work we do to help people get out of prostitution, see, www.scarletcord.work.
Matthew & Femke Helland
RUAH School of Prophecy
Our Bible School, RUAH School of Prophecy (www.ruahschoolofprophecy.com) continues growing across the globe. In August, we had a conference simultaneously with schools in Oklahoma, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia. For those who are in the North Carolina area, on October 20-23, Matthew will be doing a live conference at Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City. (www.folchurch.com)