But (finally!) yesterday six girls showed up! I still need nineteen more, but it’ll come! And probably starting in shifts is better anyway. I see lots of chaos in my future, but I’m excited.
As if that weren’t enough encouragement I had the best chat with the director of CCC today. I was doing some inventory and she came in to discuss something and launched into what a good job I’m doing. How there are many people who think it’s great and want to help with funding. How the girls are actually responding to it and are really into it. How there is specifically one girl who wants to run away, an has twice in recent months, who is staying specifically because she is making money with the beading. She said that, really, I am changing these girls lives. No matter how sincere our efforts, some of these girls are going to end up back on the streets and I am giving them the tools to be able to provide for themselves other than prostitution. I gave her a big hug and wanted to cry a little bit.
I know my own heart and head and I know how little of this is a result of any excellent planning skills or great teaching ability. I know all of it is a grace. That God is very gracious with whatever small offerings we bring. So I’m not taking the credit, but I am thrilled to be a part.
The director has great big ideas and things, certainly for things that feel outside of my depth and well beyond my capacity. And I continue to be excited and a little scared. But I keep being surprised by encouragement and blessed by the efforts of these girls. They’re doing it! They like it! They’re making money and saving for their futures! It’s working. Holy cow!
Jesus, Jesus He is way to good to us.
“We must, simply, accept that he [Jesus] is the best and smartest man who ever lived in this world, that he is even now “the prince of the kings of the earth” (Rev 1:5) Then we heartily join his cosmic conspiracy to overcome evil with good.” Dallas Willard