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This Woman is Living the Gospel In Las Vegas!

September 4, 2007

I don’t usually reprint blog articles in their entirety…but honestly, Annie Lobert’s website makes it a little hard to find stuff.

I am speaking of the Hookers for Jesus website. She is an ex-prostitute dedicated to helping get hookers off the streets and into a relationship with Jesus, especially in Las Vegas. Her website is www.hookersforjesus.net. Check out her testimony. It is incredibly uplifting (though long).

Here is what she wrote today:

Have you ever been arrested?

I have…and many times here in Las Vegas for prostitution and soliciting. AND–I used to RUN from the police …ducking behind slot machines in the casinos, trying to “hide”! (Never worked, by the way) But what is really funny to me—one of the police officers that I used to run from was Bill Young, former sheriff of Las Vegas. We soon formed a friendship…but not an ordinary one. Here I was, an escort, not admitting I was a prostitute. And then there was Bill and David, telling me that I needed to get out of the business…because I was too smart and beautiful. They also were concerned for my safety…they did not want me to end up murdered somewhere in a hotel room.

Many nights they would arrest me…in sting operations in hotel rooms or just walking through the casinos. They told me I would be safer in jail than on the street. As much as I did not want to admit, they were right! I WAS safer in jail than out cruising around risking my life…because the life that looks and feels so glamorous doesn’t always reveal the bad part…and sometimes it’s only after you’re used and abused, or just outright DEAD! By then it is too late!!!

So how did this friendship with Bill and David start…and how is it today? Can I tell you one thing—sometimes people are put in your life for a REASON. Today, Bill Young is on my board of directors for Hooker For Jesus! How COOL it that? He has a heart to help the girls just like I do!

So, getting out of the business and finding Jesus has been the best thing that has ever happened to me! I want so much to pay God back for all the wrong that I have done, and am always looking for opportunities to do so. Now I know that doing good works will not earn my salvation….but by my faith in believing that I could make a difference and please God at the same time…this is what drove my desire!!! I really wanted to do something special for God and the women too.

So when I heard that my church (The Church At South Las Vegas) had a prison ministry…I was so excited to join it! I wanted to reach the women that were in the very jail that I was brought to when I was arrested…so I signed up for it.

When I walked into the jail…and looked into these beautiful, broken, and humble women’s faces…. my heart just BROKE. Here they were, tears flowing down their faces, and completely worshipping Jesus with ALL OF THEIR HEARTS!!! I remembered that feeling of being so alone in jail!

Then the realization and guilt hit me…because many of the things that they were “busted” for…I SHOULD HAVE BEEN! I just never got caught!

Haven’t we all somehow broken the law…and if we would have been arrested, would have served some time?

EVEN AS CHRISTIANS! Haven’t we also broken many of God’s laws, now that I mention it???

Be honest with yourself! Come on—let’s be REAL. I don’t know about you…but I could name a number of things that I have done over the years (that most of us do or have done) that I deserved “jail time” for!!!

Do we really KNOW how fortunate we ALL are? Think about it, most of us have found Jesus outside of jail….here these women are incarcerated, with no where to go!!! Didn’t Jesus SAY that we are to visit these very people WHILE they were in jail??? At their LOWEST point?

How would you feel if you were in jail and no one came to see you???

OUCH.

This made me all the more thankful for Jesus in my life…because He saved me from this jail time…and also…the JAIL of my MIND!!!

So what DOES Jesus say about people that are in jail—or people that need our help in general?

31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:31-40

Well, I have been to the jail to minister a couple times now…and cannot TELL you how extremely amazing that it has been! This past week I was able to share my testimony…there were MANY women in the audience that cried the entire time I was talking. Why was this…that they would listen to my story? Because I also have spent a little time in jail—and they know that I understand how they are feeling…

Two x-prostitutes came up to me afterwards and asked me if I could help them when they got out—many of them have no where to go. One is getting out next week!!! So I am going to help them!!! These women are so PRECIOUS TO ME!!! I want to do whatever it takes to stop this cycle of abuse so these beautiful women do not end up in jail again!!!

Some of you might know about of the Prostitution Reformation Program that I am currently working on with the courts. This program will allow the women to take educational classes to inform them of the dangers and realities of prostitution, and it will be available to them in lieu of their jail time. Every woman that is arrested will have a chance to “choose” to really change her life! There will be resources available to them after every class should they want a way “out”. Yay!!!

Please pray for the women that I was able to talk with and minister to in jail. Please also pray for the two x-prostitutes wanting to really change their lives, that they will continue their relationship with Jesus and go into a healing program to finish what has started in jail…a place ironically where they had an encounter with “Jesus”.

I want to thank all of you for your support and prayers…and for the donations. You know who you are!!! The donations not only help me run my administrative part of the organization…they have also been helping many women and CHILDREN of women that are prostitutes and x-prostitutes.

Would you like to see just one example?

A few days ago I took my good friend’s (x-prostitute that is now saved) son (12 years old) shopping—because he did not have any clothes, shoes, or school supplies for school. He was so happy! I also gave as much as I could for food because his mother has a severe disability and is not working right now.

This very friend of mine (Deanna) is sold out for God and has been coming to my church for about 5 months now, and God has completely changed her life!!!

She needs her teeth pulled out, (she is in a lot of pain) she is in desperate need of ALL of her teeth being replaced with dentures! So I am hoping to do this for her as soon as I can….we both agreed that she would be a much happier person if she could talk and smile without covering her mouth! Please pray for finances to come for this very task!

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2 comments

  1. Are we willing to set aside our own ambitions to support these types of street minitries, maybe even work with them? Some churches and entire denominations devote the greatest portion of their resources to reaching out to people who nobody else cares about. It’s a tough way to go because the people in these situations are hard for us to relate to and success can take a long time because of the revolving cycle they are caught in. Yet, it’s probably not that hard to simply visit someone now and then. We may come from different worlds but when you get down to the essence of the matter it’s about knowing someone’s name and showing some care and concern. Just talking about nonsense and silly things can be more precious than gold and diamonds.

    It doesn’t have to be a jail ministry. Some of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had have been times when I checked-in on someone in the hospital, someone who would never leave that hospital. Any place where people are enclaved or insitutionalized is waiting for saints who are willing to know the names and simple pleasures of the forgotten souls in those places.

    These stories remind me it’s time for the renewing of my own mind. My mind and heart is supposed to think more about others than it does about itself. Ha, that happens sporadically at best. It’s just soooo hard because I want a lot out of life–for myself.

    I wonder what a church full of people who think more about others than they do about themselves would look like? I’ve heard that such places reap abundant blessings, almost out of the blue, because they are using those resources for the less fortunate.

    Anyhow, let me tell you, there is no worship music, no prayer, no laying-on of hands, no Bible study, no speaking in tongues, no Christmas pageant, no Easter pageant, no church committee, nothing religious that compares to the feeling you get when you’re walking out of an institution after visiting someone who had been alone, but is no longer alone and forgotten. It’s sounds corny but the sky will seem bluer, the trees more beautiful, the birds more melodious (except for the crows), the smells (the good one’s) more delicious.

    Oh well, gotta get back to work.


  2. You asked what a church would look like that cared more about the community than it did about itself. It would not be the biggest church in town. It would not get featured on the 700 Club or Christianity Today. But everyone in town will hear of them and thank God for them…even those reluctant to admit God makes a difference.

    I agree with you. Visiting those in jail, hospital, nursing home, on the streets will give you such a sense of God’s peace and freedom. Giving to Annie’s ministry or even helping with what she and other do can go a great way as well.



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