When Jesus walked into a new place, he was always drawn to the sinners.
And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. (Mark 2:13–17)
Little did a pastor in the Middle East know that a sermon series on this very topic would transform so many lives to come.
Prostitutes Hear Sermon about Jesus Who Loves Sinners
This pastor—pastor Ebrahim—began a church in his area and since then it’s grown and grown. Many hearts are open to the gospel in the Middle East. In fact, three girls who were prostitutes had been attending his church for a few months. You could tell they were prostitutes by the way everyone looked at them.
One of them named Samara had been a prostitute since she was 13 years old after she had been forced into it by her father and mother.
During a sermon series at Pastor Ebrahim’s church, Samara heard that Jesus was always drawn to the worst sinners. She was excited to hear that Jesus loved sinners because she knew she was a sinner too! From that day she wanted to follow Jesus. But she had one problem.
“What Do I Do Tomorrow”
Samara’s dad requires her to bring home $50 per month. Samara has no education and no training. But on the day she was saved, she met a Live Global staff member. She explained her situation and asked, “What do I do tomorrow?” Samara learned that as a follower of Jesus she could never be a prostitute again and was challenged to think about what she would like to do long-term to make a living in a Christ-honoring way.
Samara had always dreamed about having a hair, makeup, and nail salon. So she asked the Live Global staff member, “Do you think that would make Jesus happy?” And together they decided, yes.
Samara cried as she realized her life was changing and that she would never have to sleep with another man for money.
Live Global’s Role
This is how Live Global is able to partner with national believers for God’s glory. Live Global agreed to sponsor Samara $50 a month to give to her dad while she completed cosmetology school. Then, Live Global found missions-minded churches and individuals in the United States to help pray for and raise funds for the construction of the New Life Salon. After this, Samara will be self-sustaining.
Samara’s dream didn’t end with her own career though. Samara has a vision to see other women in the sex trafficking industry be saved by Jesus and given a new opportunity to make a living. Samara desires to open a beauty school to train other women to work in her salon where they can be free from the red light district. And you could play a role in all of this!