Holy Moments

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August 23, 2020 By April Lynn Newell

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.

No Strings Attached gift bag
A blessing box of essentials
provided with the NSA food box.
NSA team and volunteers deliver
this blessing to the homes
of the women they mentor.

“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.

A young woman, just getting off her day job, prepares to start her night job.
A young woman, just getting
off her day job, prepares to
start her night job.

“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.”

Lisa Michelle and a volunteer family from Summit Church packing food, toys and children’s books. These will be hand-delivered to the women with families in the NSA mentoring program.
Lisa Michelle and a volunteer family from Summit
Church packing food, toys and children’s books.
These will be hand-delivered to the women with
families in the NSA mentoring program.

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.

A dancer holding up her love note
A dancer holding up her love note
that is provided in each gift NSA hands
out. These love notes are handwritten and
delivered by the NSA team and volunteers.

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.”

NSA team prepares for an outreach in their bus on Valentine’s Day.
NSA team prepares for an
outreach in their bus on
Valentine’s Day.

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.”

One of the partners for NSA happened to pay for a "Think God" sign
One of the partners for NSA happened to
pay for a "Think God" sign that ended up
right above one of the places NSA goes
into to minister to women. God is good!

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.

 

 

 

 

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No Strings Attached
www.nsagirls.org
San Antonio / Hill Country
(210) 517-8256

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Written by

April Lynn Newell

I am a proud resident of Texas and live in the 'burbs with my husband, 3 daughters, and son. I enjoy telling stories through words and photos. I owe all to my Jesus and love serving Him through my passions and talents.


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