31 January 2014

31 01 2014

After running the Toys for Tots run in December  (in 20 degree weather), the race director donated the extra t-shirts for us to bring to Nigeria and give out. It is so fun and rewarding to have these gifts be so appreciated! Our school maintenance workers asked us to take their picture after receiving their shirts! Thank you Arlington Runners Club!

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29 January 2014

31 01 2014
Sarah wears out the young boys who live at Grace Gardens.  Their future has brightened because their mothers made a commitment to change their life and follow Jesus.

Sarah wears out the young boys who live at Grace Gardens. Their future has brightened because their mothers made a commitment to change their life and follow Jesus.

After several years of not having time or energy to see the tough ministry my friend does weekly in the brothels of downtown Jos, God has given me the time, courage, and willingness to help evangelize to these women in need. Today my eyes were opened to a huge industry and the dent we can make in it by helping even one woman (or teenager) make a decision to leave prostitution. Unfortunately each weekly visit does not have the women flocking after us to change their lives. More than anything else I was struck by the bondage they are in. A few seem like they want to change their life but fear, money, and I am not sure what else, keeps them from actually doing it. I would have thought that they would jump for a chance to live somewhere more pleasant (the ministry of Grace Gardens), to learn a trade such as hair dressing, sewing, or jewelry making, and to experience the love of God. But the spiritual battle at hand is huge. After visiting 3 ‘hotels’ no women wanted to come with us and see how their life could be different. However, we prayed with them, shared the gospel message, and gave them the phone number to call if they changed their mind. It is my prayer that we will see changed hearts and lives in the future.