Getting Past Your Past: Replace the Lies

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I used to believe a lot of lies. They were so woven into the fabric of my being that they became my personal truth. I believed that I was worthless, stupid, and unlovable.  I believed that I was destined to be abused or abandoned by any male I ever cared for. My life reflected what I thought to be true, …

Getting Past Your Past: Breaking the Silence

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I was sexually abused as a child and raped as a teen. There was a time in my life when I never thought I would be able to utter those words.  I thought that if I were to say them, someone would have to put me in a straight jacket and lock me up in a mental institution.  I was …

Getting Past Your Past: Facing the Pain

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We have been called to a life of freedom, yet are often held back by the pain of our past.  I know this because I have had a lot of “past” to overcome– from sexual abuse and rape, to working as a stripper under the control of my boyfriend/pimp.  The healing journey wasn’t always easy, but it was worth it.  For the …

“You Have Saved a Life”

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Day in and day out, women reach out to Treasures to share their deep cry for help and their depth of need of support. One rewarding facet to answering a phone call at Treasures is hearing a sigh of relief from a caller when she realizes that help and support is available for her. We want you to see firsthand the impact …

How I Found Myself Back in the Strip Club

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I thought I would never see the inside of another club…ever. It was just shy of my two-year anniversary of quitting and here I was again.  I sat back and imagined what it was going to be like. Would it shock me? I mean, I was a dancer for almost 13 years.  I felt like I’ve seen it all before, …

A Late Night in the City of Industry

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  This month’s outreach to the City of Industry proved to be a success and an encouragement for everyone involved. We were able to reach 280 women working in 9 strip clubs, with gifts and the message that they are loved, valued and purposed! The night was significant in more ways that one. Treasures was privileged to have several new …

Welcome to Hollywood Land

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Hollywood, such an alluring city– where bright-eyed hopefuls come to pursue their dreams. Hollywood… the glitz, the glam, bright lights, shining stars. People revered for showcasing their hurts. Rejection on top of rejection, on top of rejection. Hollywood… where comparison rears it ugly head on a daily basis. Survival of the fittest. Hollywood… boulevard of broken dreams. Tear-stained cheeks, stoic …

IS PORN EMPOWERING TO THE WOMEN INVOLVED?

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There is a prevailing belief in our culture that porn is not only harmless, but empowering to the women involved. The line of thinking goes something like this:   “Women in porn are consenting adults, doing this by choice. They are empowered by virtue of their sexually liberation. And good for them for using what ‘God gave them’ to get …

It’s All About the Cookies

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This past week, a group of volunteers baked delicious, homemade cookies for our monthly outreach. We never could have predicted the impact these sugary treats would have on the evening ahead. Our team of volunteers made our way to 12 clubs in the West Valley.  We were able to have some great conversations with the women we support.  The girls …

It was good. And it was hard. | Philippines Update

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Our trip to the Philippines was good. God had his way, and we believe we made a tangible impact during our time there. And, it was also hard. Holding both of these truths and finding a way to share them with you, has proven challenging for me personally. (And part of the reason it has taken so long to write this.) …