His timing is always perfect, neither too late nor too early! Ecclesiastes 3:11
I love that every time we go on outreach it looks so different from the weeks before. We never know what is going to happen that night or what to expect! All we know is that God knows exactly what each outreach looks like and that he has a perfect plan for that night. Each time we go I learn something new about God’s character. Last time I saw how much God cares about the one and about the little details; this time it was all about His perfect timing!
The night started pretty slowly and although we were all super excited to go out it wasn’t going so smoothly this time. There were no parking spots for the car to stop and the girls we saw were either talking to customers or they were gone by the time we got to them; it wasn’t really flowing. In the end we were able to hand out 10 gift bags, which is awesome. We got to tell 10 girls that they are loved, they are valued and that God cares about them! We saw 10 lives that God touched that night!
When it was time to leave we were passing through a part of the street where usually no girls are. One of us said something like ‘Oh there are never girls on this part of the street.’ As soon as she said that we saw a girl on the other side of the street. We turned around only to see that she was talking to a guy. We were about to drive away when we saw that the guy had left. So three of us got out of the car and walked up to her. As we approached her she started to walk away. You can tell that she was afraid. Our team called out to her asking if she would like to have a gift bag. She stopped and took the gift. When we asked her how she was doing she shakily told us that someone just tried to stab her. She held her hands to her neck to re-enact the situation. Our team came at the right moment to stand with her, to listen to her and to tell her how loved she is, to bring comfort, to pray for her safety and to tell her to call us if she needed help at any time. With tears in her eyes she thanked us and walked away! God knows about this girl and He cares about her! He knew what she needed and at what time!
At the end of the night we always drive to another “track” a few miles down the highway (track- section of the street where girls are typically sold). For weeks we haven’t seen any girls there, but we still go every time. It was later than usual, I wasn’t sure if anyone would still be out because it was already starting to get light outside. We pulled up on the street and right away we saw a girl walking. Three of our group got out of the car to hand her a gift bag. She actually recognized us and told us that she met us on the other track last week. She had a different hair color then and didn’t really want to talk to us; but this time she asked for prayer and she was excited to talk. She asked us to pray that she would find an alternative to what she is currently doing. God knew if we had come too early to this track the girl wouldn’t be there. He knew that this time she was ready to talk to us.
Every time I am amazed that God chooses us to reach out to His beautiful daughters, to tell them how precious, valued and loved they are. It is such a privilege to be a part of this ministry, to see the girls smile, to see their excitement when they see the little gifts, to see them be surprised when we tell them that we are up late. It’s an honor just to tell them how important they are, to see them receive prayer and to see them understand that there is a God who cares so much for them! This is why we do what we do!