Terrified Each Day

“Could you meet me in the bathroom?  I don’t want that man over there to see us talking.”  ‘T’ whispered.  My teammates and I were sitting in a club and we had been praying for someone to come and talk to us.

“Of course!”  I replied.  “We’ll soon go in and then you join us in a few minutes.”

“T” soon came in and we all stood in the dingy little strip club bathroom waiting to hear what she wanted to tell us.

“I am so terrified!”  She said soon after the bathroom door closed.  “That man out there beats me.  He beats me so bad!  I don’t know why.  I try to do everything he says but he just goes off on me. He used to be my boyfriend but now I want to get away!”  She began to cry.  “Why does he have to act like that?  Last night he said I didn’t bring home enough money and look what he did to me.”  She raised her blouse and there were many black and blue bruises all over her side.  He knocked me down and kicked me and kicked me!  I screamed and screamed and begged him to stop!  I don’t know what to do.  I don’t know how to get away from him and I can’t keep living like this!” Thank God we were there that night, standing in the gap for this abused and terrified woman.  We made a plan of escae with her and soon she was free!  Women who work in clubs are faced with much greater incidences of violent assault than the general population.  They experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates equivalent to veterans of combat war.  May God raise up more Light in Darkness ladies to go to them and rescue them from harm.  May we lead them to true freedom in Christ!

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