Monday, April 21, 2014

A Different Vibe

Daegu Journal Entry: Volume 1 Issue 5
Saturday, April 5, 2014

“He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.” ~Psalm 121:3.  This was the verse we handed out today while ministering in the RLD.  What a great reminder this verse is for me personally, as I struggle to manage things in my life at the moment. 

Today, we handed out sock slippers with this verse written on it and QT’s about Grace.  We prayed for God to have Mercy on the madams and pimps in the RLD.  That God will open their hearts and meet them in their prayers.  A lot of sisters want to come out and they are praying to God that He would help them come out of the RLD.  We prayed that God would answer their prayers quickly, and allow them to come out.  We prayed for these girls to be rescued instead of kept trapped and in bondage.  And when they do come out, they will be able to worship and praise God with the Body of Christ, instead of being looked down on.

We also prayed for the men that go in there, that the ones who are Christians would be afraid of God and that He would reveal this is wrong to them so they would not come back and would be convicted eternally. We prayed for the pimps that go to church to repent and be reconciled to God.  We prayed that the sisters in the house of the “Christian” pimps can find freedom.  We prayed that through this outreach in Daegu, God would be glorified through all we do because His Spirit is with us. 

Today’s distribution happened really fast.  Normally it takes about 45 minutes but we did it in 25.  It was also really cold because of the wind.  Not nearly as cold as it was this winter but it’s been really warm the past 3 weeks so we weren’t properly dressed.  The madams we pray for normally were not there.  Many saw us coming today and it seemed like they went inside to avoid us.  We still left the gifts and QT’s on their chairs. 

Today I gave a gift to the lady that calls me American friend.  It was a bracelet from Thailand with a cross and a rainbow on it.  She was really happy to see me and really happy to receive the gift.  I tried sharing the significance of the cross and rainbow with her through a translator but she told us she was too busy to talk at the moment.  She said she appreciated the gift though.  So we moved on.

The girls are becoming pretty familiar with me and are waving back to me when I acknowledge them.  Some are even initiating waves to me.  Maybe I was just seeing things but I felt like a few of them were watching me, waiting for me to look up and notice them so they could say hello.  This is a great change compared with when I first started going and they would just look away.  They are even throwing smiles at us now that they recognize us.  It feels so great to see them smile and wave from the windows. 

I got a lot on my mind lately, mostly in regards to the near future.  I was definitely distracted before and during this outreach and have continued to remain distracted since.  Please pray for me.  I don’t even know how to pray for myself at the moment, or what exactly my issue is, but I do know I miss the intimate times I have had with God in the past and desperately want them back.  There are just not enough hours in the day for me to accomplish everything I am doing and I’m starting to develop a bad attitude in regards to some of the things I am responsible for, mostly work stuff.  I guess that is my request, that whatever barricade is keeping me from deep, meaningful quiet times would be removed completely.  I stayed home Easter Sunday morning to journal a bit and that really helped.  I love writing. 

This blog was short and I apologize, but for once, I’m speechless.  Please pray for Pastor Choi as he has been very sick and it is going to cost a lot of money to fix his health issues. 

Please pray that more people in the Daegu area would be raised up to take over this ministry so P. Choi can train more people in other cities to fight for freedom and justice in the area of trafficking.  An English Ministry in Daegu met with us today before going out and wants to partner and receive training from him so they can do the same.  We are very excited to have partners in Daegu and love watching how God is moving and equipping people to fight this injustice. 

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