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Women share God’s love in strip clubs and modern-day brothels
Lisa Michelle never dreamed she would follow Jesus into a strip club. Or that her first time witnessing to the girls there—with sweaty hands and shaking knees—would lead to a nearly decade-long ministry.
Lisa was bedridden and sick when she heard a whisper from the Lord, “Pick up your mat and walk into your healing.” She obeyed. Today, Lisa’s ministry, No Strings Attached (NSA), offers God’s love in tangible ways to women in strip clubs and modern-day brothels in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. Everyone needs Jesus, and through Lisa and her team, every woman is given the opportunity to meet Him.
“We visit clubs with a goal of going into the dressing room and sitting and hanging out with the girls,” Lisa says. “When we talk to a woman we let her know who we are, why we’re there and that there’s a community of women with similar pasts who want to walk her through the healing journey. It’s amazing;
we’ve had the most spiritual, off-the-chart nights inside of strip clubs. I never thought I’d experience something like that—more church inside a strip club than anywhere else, very holy moments.”
Gifts for the women are donated and range from socks to beauty products, candles, journals and more. To date, NSA has given out 17,480 gifts. However, the heart of NSA goes much deeper than symbolic gestures.
“When we have a genuine connection with one of the girls, our goal is to meet her within 24 to 48 hours and have coffee with her. We bring her a care package, and then put together a plan of action for her life and set her up with mentorship,” Lisa says.
In order to help women transition out of the sex industry, NSA offers direct services such as one-on-one mentorship, trauma-informed-care counseling and needs such as food and clothing.
The future of NSA is a God-given vision of property for a retreat center and a wall of shoes.
“A dancer met us at Starbucks; she had just rededicated her life to Jesus and wanted to leave the industry, but didn’t know how,” Lisa recalls. “As we were parting ways, she said she had a gift for me.”
The woman pulled out a pair of 9-inch heels, explaining that God told her to give them to Lisa.
“This was such a holy moment; and she had no idea that a couple months before God gave me a vision of an entire wall full of shoes, with women’s stories attached to them,” Lisa says.
God is well on His way to filling that wall with stories of renewal and freedom. Lisa mentored one teen girl for several years. Unfortunately, she fell back into the hands of her trafficker. She eventually found herself in a shelter and her first instinct was to reach out to Lisa. She is now free and thriving, due to the trauma-informed counseling she received, then and now.
Lisa met another young woman in a club who revealed a connection to the occult. Immediate trust, prayer, and the Holy Spirit soon led this young woman to be baptized by Lisa and a volunteer mentor. She renounced everything and turned to Jesus. NSA was able to help her find a home, and to this day she holds two jobs, continues one-on-one mentorship and has experienced freedom from the industry.
The first girl Lisa ever mentored was seeking to have her fifth abortion when they first met.
“We met and I brought a couple with us who couldn’t conceive,” Lisa says. “I just looked at her and said, ‘I really ask you to just consider giving life to that baby and to this beautiful couple.’ And then we just did life with her during her entire pregnancy.”
The pandemic in recent months led to the shutdown of clubs. However, instead of hindering ministry, this allowed for deeper connections and open doors.
“When the shutdown happened, our phones blew up,” Lisa says. “All of a sudden we had girls out of work; so, during this time we have been feeding more than 20 families through our partnership with Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries. We have had the absolute honor and privilege of being able to meet at these women’s homes and meeting their children and families—getting to know them so much better.”
Going into the dark places is a difficult reminder of Lisa’s past; but because of her obedience to God’s whisper, she and many others have experienced holy moment after holy moment. And there is an expectant spirit that there are many more holy moments ahead.
No Strings Attached
San Antonio / Hill Country
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