Monday, May 17, 2010

Girls Behind Bars

Pattaya - May 17, 2010

Extreme Love taught us the Thai culture and some Thai phrases. They warned us that we will fall in love with the bar girls and want to help each and every one of them. The girls` main dream is to find a foreigner to love and marry them, to find a man who will take care of them for the rest of their lives. Though I am female, I do have a heart for the bar girls. My compassion for the prostitutes is/can be overwhelming that it hurts sometimes - because that is how I love; fiercely. I thought, that fierce love is what it means to live, to make life mine. But it is not. To live is to love deeply for God`s people the way God love you.

Today, we learned about intercession. It means to have a relationship and communion with God. It is a privilege to intercede, not a burden. We then prayed over Thailand concerning the cu and blessings over the people. Bangkok is burning right now - in the natural and in the spirit. The Thai people believe that something is seriously wrong. There has been many cu`s, but not like this for over 20 years.

Towards the end of the day, we paired up in twos for our prayer walk. My partner, Carol (God`s Christmas Carol) and I walked down Soi 6. It was hard to feel in my spirit the darkness, my heart being ripped by a huge dull hook as I saw bars after bars with girls in nothingness letting their bare buttocks and breasts hang out. Girls dancing on bar tops, trying to hide their shame behind alcohol and drugs. Our hearts and minds could not fathom the vile things that went on in the bars. Children being sold for their virginity. Seeing a man in his 70`s wooing a 13-year-old. All we were able to do was pray in tongues. That was the only way we found strength to walk down that strip without fear and tears. It was the only way to fight indignation and judgment. These men`s presences manifested in the perversion, the lust, the emptiness. God reminded us that these are broken people and God loves them still.

We followed the streets back to our hotel, feeding the Holy Spirit with praises and worship, blessing the people of Thailand with a new land, a new life. A life without prostitution, a life filled with redemption and righteousness.

1 comment:

Sheryl said...

Linh, Thank you for posting. I am praying for you and this team. I knew this would be hard for you. You have such a heart for these girls. My sister was in Thailand a few years ago on a mission trip.

Love you!