Yesterday we visited a former brothel. It was a pretty simple building that was used for horrific acts against women. Satan used to dwell there. Darkness won there. The light was shut out.
Let me back up. We were on a tiny island with 1000 residents. Took about 25 minutes by boat to get there. No running water. Virtually no electricity. Houses bit on stilts because of constant flooding. Garbage all over the place. Half starved dogs running around. Little kids with no shoes, barely any clothes and running through the mud.
We went to visit a Compassion sponsored family and we went to a building that looked like it had a bar in the back. When we asked what used to be there, we were told a brothel. There were 6 tiny rooms on the right side where men would pay for woman and disgustingly enough girls. Like I said, the darkness was winning.
A Church brought the light and hope of Jesus to that island. Remember how important the church is? Because of Jesus…the Church is the Hope of the World! It’s the most transformative and important organization in the world!
And, because of this Church, the brothel closed down! It went away! It failed! Women were freed. The Church brought light to this very dark place. Now, the brothel is used for families. Jesus is winning.
How powerful is that? The light came into the darkness.
And, here’s the powerful story behind this Church. Greg Nettle (the President of Stadia) climbed a mountain to raise the funds to build this church. People sponsored him by the foot and he was able to raise the $87,000 needed to plant this Church and Child Development Center.
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING!?!
Talk about selflessness! Talk about Kingdom vision! Talk about a passion for Every Child to Have a Church!
His story and his daughter’s, which I’ll post about next have really got me thinking about how much I can do to help get more churches started in Ecuador!!
This trip has been life changing. My heart has been wrecked. My heart has been opened. I’m ready to do more.
*I wanted to attach pictures, but the wifi is giving me some problems.