Shining His Light in the Red Light District

Stephanie Wilkins, USM
July 18, 2017

 Stephanie Wilkins

These past few weeks have been filled with joy, heartbreak, discouragement, refreshment, and so much more, but God has been moving through it all revealing truth to us and to our new friends. We have had many opportunities to invite some of our friends in the sex industry out, and we have been given many opportunities to share the Gospel across the city. On a personal side, God has been teaching me so much. He has shown, over and over again, that justice is an attribute of his nature, and He loves and cares for the vulnerable infinitely more than we do.

  Sometimes you just gotta treat yo’self!

Sometimes you just gotta treat yo’self!

I have continued teaching classes and having one-on-one sessions with some of our students. This has been a time where the Holy Spirit has revealed Truth to the students, showing Himself as the Source of healing from our innermost being.

I am working with one student who is really seeking truth - asking many questions about Jesus. We are excited to see so much evidence in her life of God pursuing her. I am comforted to realize that God is never scared of our questions or our doubts. He doesn’t “shake in His boots” when we ask difficult questions.  He will provide answers to those who are seeking. Please pray for this student, that she will walk into faith. Pray that the Holy Spirit would guide me in helping answer her questions.

  Today I'm thankful for conversations that are evidence of how much God pursues His sheep. There can be steadfast hope in darkness because God is calling and redeeming His people.

Today I'm thankful for conversations that are evidence of how much God pursues His sheep. There can be steadfast hope in darkness because God is calling and redeeming His people.

The Father has done so many amazing things during Outreach. Although I will never be comfortable in the Red Light District, God has given me hope in the darkest places. We are praying that the Light in us shines brighter and stronger than the strongholds in Bangkok. I told you in my last update that we met a guy who would like to get help coming out of his life in the bars. He has not yet taken the steps to get out, but our relationship with him has grown, and trust is developing. We actually got the chance to pay his “bar fine” and take him out for the night. Twenty dollars ($20) is what it costs. Twenty dollars is what someone pays for a sexual encounter with one of God's creations, so that’s the amount we paid to get him out of the bar for a night.  We took him to karaoke, which was probably one of the most fun experiences of my life (and yes, I sang Beyoncé)!  We had time to talk with him about his feelings toward the bar, and time to share with him about Jesus. He seemed interested, and said that he would keep considering coming out of his life in the bar as long as we keep showing up to see him. Pray that we would have more opportunities with him.

We also took another worker out to go bowling. Pray we would have more opportunities with him, as well.

Here are a few more prayer requests:

  1. A woman we shared with while making pottery. She was very interested, and we are trying to follow up with her. 
  2. My Thai friend, Gift, as I continue trying to meet up with her.
  3. Our team, that we would not be discouraged, especially during Outreach, and that we would rest in Him and be refreshed as we attempt to finish well.
  4. Our organization, Dton Naam.  They are in financial crisis, trying to raise funds in order to continue doing ministry here. We are planning fundraisers now, so pray people will feel led to give generously!