On the heels of coming back from our Brazil Outreach and ministering to women in the brothels, we were so "pumped" to see more breakthrough here in NYC for the women in the massage parlors.
Some of the women are forced into this service and can only make money through tips and "special illegal services" and others are legitimate. In Flushing, there are massage parlors everywhere and we are considered "ground zero" for the women coming into the United States to work at these places. The businesses open and close, then assume other names, relocate and reopen. It is a vicious cycle. Even when we try to get to know some of the women, they often move on and relocate if the business closes or if the owners choose to put them elsewhere which could be out of state.
So you may ask,
We go because Jesus says to "GO" and
He Himself went into dark places to set people free.
We go to let them know they are loved and cherished for who they are and that they were created for a purpose.
We LOVE because He first loved us.
We lavish them with gifts to show they have value and we pray for their needs when we are there.
Often, we have to work through a translator because most speak Mandarin and we are grateful for the few volunteer translators that come. Some like to practice what little English they may know.