The Pearl: Strip
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
The Pearl Project wants to call out a vision over the women in our cities who work at Strip Clubs or in the Sex Industry.
We want to speak tender words of affirmation and dignity over them.
We want to call out their value and their worth in the eyes of Jesus.
We want to pray protection over them, and a guarding of their hearts, bodies, minds, and spirits.
We want to hear their stories, understand who they are, and we want love them in ways that they may never have experienced before.
Better yet, we want to offer them the opportunity to have dignified work in a brand new capacity if and when they are ready for change.
Getting Our Hands Dirty
For the purposes of The Pearl Project, our working definition of the concept of “Sin,” is simply this:
“That which violates love.”
If using the word “Sin,” is hard for you, we respectfully understand. But maybe just put the word aside for a moment and allow us to put together the context for this particular discussion.
We believe that the Global Sex Industries are some of the most pervasive platforms for,
“That which violates love.”
Statistics indicate that where Strip Clubs are, sex trafficking is.
Statistics indicate that Child Pornography and Child Sex Trafficking is directly funded through The Porn Industry. Literally by every single click.
Pornography is the most profitable aspect of the Sex Industry. It is the most frequently downloaded content and the literal most profitable online industry in the world. It is a $100 Billion dollar business (which is more than the MLB, the NFL, and the NBA combined in any given year).
The day of the week with the highest rates of Internet Pornography downloads and Child Sex trafficking?
Portland (my home) happens to claim some of the highest rates of sex trafficking in the United States.
So we’re getting our hands dirty here at home.
Who Is She?
These women were once little girls.
They once had dreams, even if they were fairy tales or make-believe.
Their dreams still matter.
These ladies are:
Somebody’s wife or future wife.
Most importantly, these women are Daughters of The King.
What’s Our Plan?
The Pearl Project intends to reach out to women in these industries in 3 ways:
- We will establish groups of Pearl women in various cities across the United States who have a shared vision for the spiritual, emotional, and physical flourishing of these girls in the Strip Club and Sex Industries.
- The plan is to have our incredibly courageous Pearl Team bravely step out in order to love on these women in practical and gentle ways.We will not be evangelizing to them, or telling them what they’re doing wrong.We will simply bring these women a One-Time care package at their workplaces filled to the brim with Pearl Project literature as well as items that represent, speak, and embody love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and faithfulness.That’s it.Our team of Pearl Babes will pray over the process before and after we give them our gifts, and then we will leave and leave the rest to The Holy Spirit.
- If and when the occassion presents itself, we will be ready to offer these women the opportunity to step into a new line of work. At that point we will introduce the opportunity for dignified work and fair wages through Noonday Collection’s Ambassador Opportunity.
Noonday’s entire mission is to offer dignified work to those who have been vulnerable in their communities. (Read more about this redemptive opportunity on the link above)
What Else Will We Offer To The Women Who Choose To Leave The Strip Club / Sex Industry?
In addition to the general mentorship in the upstart of their own business, The Pearl Project will offer small business coaching, marketing support, as well as the Investment Capital required to get their business off the ground.
We will also be offering Emotional and Spiritual support in terms on post-industry counseling and mentorship if they so choose.
We hope that this practical support will give these women the courage and the tools in order to step out of the strip club/sex industry and into a whole new way of life.
As part of our holistic approach to supporting these women, we will invite them to come on board with The Pearl Project Community.
Doing so gives them the opportunity to explore their faith, to have one-on-one mentorship, ask tough questions, to sit in on some teaching about Jesus, take part in meaningful community with other women, and to give themselves the space to breathe and to dream again.
We believe God wants to see our dreams become reality.
We believe these women’s stories will speak of God’s goodness.
We believe these girls are meant for more.
We believe that our God will do immeasurably more than we can even ask or think.
We believe that God has epic plans for them, and a bright future.
We believe that He is going to Redeem these girls’ stories.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11