Treasures Founder Harmony Dust Answers: What Keeps Me Going?
By Jocelyn Hu
On Friday night, during our Christmas strip club outreach, Treasures celebrated our 9-year anniversary.
There are very few things in my life I have done consistently for 9 years. It can be hard to stick to anything that long and I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that I have had my fair share of moments when I wanted to quit. During one of these moments, I called up a friend of mine who is also in full-time ministry and we joked about starting an ocean front jet-ski business in Cancun. We laughed and prayed and cried, and in the end decided to stick to our posts.
Recently someone asked me what keeps me going. I really thought about it for a moment. What does keep me going?
It's the "one".
That one girl.
The thought of not reaching her brings enough pain to my heart that I toss out any temptation of walking away.
I believe that no matter how "big" a ministry gets, it never gets bigger than "the one".
On Friday night, of the hundreds of women we reached in the San Fernando Valley, I came across one who made an imprint in my heart.
It took me a second to realize that I knew her from outside of the club. In another season of life, I had walked along side of her. We sorted through the aftermath of sex work together, celebrating wins, praying through challenges. And there she was in the lap dance booth.
She ducked down and hid when she saw me. Moments later, she invited me to sit next to her.
"I know you're not judging me," she said out loud, mostly assuring herself. "I thought about you today. I knew I would see you sooner or later. And I know it's meant to be because I have been boycotting God".
We hugged and cried and reconnected until it was time for her set, at which point we respectfully ended our visit at her request.
That night, for me, she was the "one".
I don't know what her journey will look like from here. That is for her to decide. But what I do know is that while she may have been boycotting God, He has not, for one second, boycotted her. And if and when she is ready, I will come alongside her again.
I also know that I am a decision or two away from making some really detrimental choices in my own life. But for the grace of God, there go I.
I know that in all the moments I have been tempted to give up and walk away from the call of God, He has never given up on me.
By His grace, my prayer is that Treasures will continue to reach "the one" for another 9 years.
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