Nicole and I are going to Birmingham, AL this Saturday. We know… it’s not the best timing… but we are going. We are going because we know that God sets appointments and opens doors and it is our responsibility to respond, He is our Shepherd and we are following Him.
When we were standing in line at an airport in Delhi, India, Nicole had a conversation with a man on our mission team. He does maintenance work for the Wellhouse. The Wellhouse operates two safe houses for women rescued from sex trafficking. When we returned home, that Sunday, Barry asked a question to the congregation, “If you could do anything, resources weren’t an issue, what would it be?” Nicole knew immediately it would be to have a safe house.
So the next morning she contacted the Wellhouse, and they invited us to come spend some time with them. We will see how they operate, spend time with the woman in the houses, help them set up and operate a ministry booth at a church, take dinner to the women in the houses, give them pampering goodie bags, go out and participate in street ops, and meet with the people who make the Wellhouse work.
Safe houses and transitional houses have been something that Nicole and I both are very passionate about. For me almost since the first time I ever heard about transitional housing from Barry about 8 or 9 years ago. Since then it has been a continual prayer and in the last couple of years something I have prayed, thought, pondered, and tried to figure out how to make happen. My continual prayer is that the Lord would show me the next step… And He has, through Nicole and her heart for rescuing women, for serving and for talking to anyone who needs to talk ;-)!
I believe the Lord has some amazing things in store for us, for Momentum and for our community!
We aren’t sure where the Lord is going to lead us with all of this and the good news is we don’t have to know… our job is simply to be obedient and follow where He leads us… and this Saturday He is leading us to the Wellhouse in Birmingham!
***We are taking pampering bags to 20 women (that’s how many women are in their two homes). We would love for you to be a part of loving these women with us! You can drop off items at Momentum or better yet, if you are a woman, join us for our new women’s group this Saturday morning, 8 am at the Momentum office, it’s going to be a great study, Fight Back With Joy, and we would love for you to pray for us before we leave! (lip gloss, body spray, lotions, earrings, bracelets, crossword puzzles, word search books, devotional, wash cloths, snacks, gum, mints, etc.)