Not Just Girls, Girls, Girls

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“Are you, Lance*?” The sturdy security guard looked almost puzzled, and a softness in his eyes betrayed his formidable stance. “How do you remember my name?” He asked after a pause. “I can’t believe you remember me. I don’t remember anyone’s name.” “We want to remember you,” the Treasures volunteer said. Respected and remembered, Lance engaged us warmly and gladly …

The Long Embrace

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The woman was moved. After opening her gift, a swell of emotions caused her to hesitate in her response. “I feel like I want to hug you,” she said to a Treasures volunteer. The volunteer flung her arms open, inviting this woman in. The woman savored the long embrace, clinging tightly as if to speak a depth of gratitude that …

Size Matters

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  We are not too big and we are not too little. This was the theme that came up for our team before we headed to East San Fernando Valley for our monthly strip club outreach. As is often the case on outreach nights, the theme that came up during prayer ended up permeating the rest of the evening. During …

Bombs ‘N Roses: A Weekend in Vegas

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“Is there a bomb in those bags?” Her eyes glinted with intrigue as we handed her a gift. We watched as she opened the dainty, pink bag, clearly not believing her own words. She unwrapped a lip gloss and a pair of earrings, and looked up in disbelief that it was actually a gift—a fun present for her, without any …

I finally left…

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This summer, my daughter and I visited my fiancé’s family in New Hampshire. (Yes! I am engaged! And we are over the moon with excitement!) During our visit, we planted pumpkin seeds and little baby pumpkin plants in hopes of seeing a pumpkin patch sprout up in the fall. I have always had a “gray” thumb, so I honestly doubted …

What’s Next? : Strip Club Outreach Update

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What’s Next? by Lindsay Hall “So what happens now?” The beautiful, young woman was eager, even desperate, for direction.  The gift she had just received from Treasures was clearly a welcomed sign of something she had been waiting for.  The Treasures volunteer told her about the website which offered a host of resources that were available to this woman.  She …

Spiritual Geography

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Spiritual Geography By Larissa Zdon On Good Friday, the Treasures Outreach Team visited the strips clubs in the downtown Los Angeles area.  The downtown outreach is my favorite outreach. I live near downtown and frequently pray over the clubs I see as I pass by. The longer I live in my neighborhood the more I’ve learned the geographical, political and …

Vegas Update 2011

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Vegas Outreach May 2011 MISSION: “Go into EVERY strip club in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend and give gift bags to every single women working inside MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! Here are just a few of the highlights of our trip… * To kick things off, we completed our first National strip club outreach training through the newly launched, Strip Church …

I almost didn’t show up for this….

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I almost didn’t show up for this…. She extended her delicate arm, decorated with richly colored tattoos, and took the little pink gift bag. “What’s this for?” she asked leaning away from her customer. “Just a little Valentine, to let you know you are loved” we replied briefly, remaining considerate of the fact that she was with a client.  She …